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Most of my hiking experience is in the Pacific Northwest, but I've also thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (2007) and the Continental Divide Trail (2011).

I would call myself a lightweight packer, but not ultralight. My packs for the PCT and CDT were around 15lbs without food, water or fuel. Weekend trips I often have a total pack weight less than 20lbs (skin out).


Jul
16
revised What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
reword chalk stuff
Jul
16
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
@NikosAlexandris - good clarification, I will edit
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is there a portable / comfortable pillow suitable for camping / backpacking?
Jun
27
answered Avoiding compression when packing synthetic sleeping bag
Jun
27
comment Avoiding compression when packing synthetic sleeping bag
When you say "extreme", is that the particular synthetic fill?
Jun
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Will boiling be enough to decontaminate standing water from pathogens and toxins?
Jun
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What to look for in a quality tarp?
Jun
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How is “pack weight” measured
Jun
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
1
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
@Vorac - I almost always hike in trail runners, which drain immediately.
May
30
comment Pros and Cons of paracord
What's the weight/bulk difference between say 550 paracord and your average yellow poly stuff? Everything you said is all nice, but for me, the weight is probably the key difference...
May
29
comment Is it possible to sunburn through clothing?
@HenrikHansen true, but fabric designed to have high UPF can definitely be thin/breathable and still provide excellent protection
May
14
comment What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
Rory - what modern materials are you referring to? I've never owned a tent made of breathable fabric, and in North America they are mostly restricted to a handful of mountaineering tents (usually Epic or eVent fabrics). In my experience, tent flys are 100% non-breathable.
May
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which will drain less body heat: lying on bare earth or bare rock?
May
11
comment How do I remove mildew from a tent?
and the more nervous you are, the more you can dilute :)
May
11
comment How can I improve on the straps on my travel pack?
I'm surprised the buckle won't hold without the clasp.
May
11
answered The outdoors, solitude and dealing with loneliness
May
10
comment What is the most suitable cooking equipment to use for a long duration in central asia countries?
My bet would be that gas or kerosene is much more commonly available. Thus, a stove like a MSR Whisperlite International is often the goto for this type of trip.
May
10
comment What is the most suitable cooking equipment to use for a long duration in central asia countries?
I think the biggest question is: how available is alcohol on this type of trip? Most alcohol stoves are only efficient with certain types and in my North American experience, they are generally available only in car part shops and large gas stations. Is the same true in Turkmenistan?
May
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on The outdoors, solitude and dealing with loneliness