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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).


Mar
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I tie a double fisherman's knot?
Mar
30
comment What is the minimum gap needed for a windscreen on a cat can stove?
does your windscreen have holes around the bottom edge?
Mar
28
answered Are there any year round beaches with nearby bouldering?
Mar
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can I hike across the Grand Canyon if I don't have a backcountry permit?
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
23
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
@whatsisname if you're not a photographer, an iPhone 4+ camera takes excellent pictures considering all the other functionality it provides (and pretty damn light too). Obviously it's no DSLR, but it is surprisingly good!
Mar
23
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Mar
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
21
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
...Except that I've done it literally hundreds of times (added boiling water to a ziplock) and never had it melt :)
Mar
21
comment Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
I dunno, you can microwave ziplock bags (according to them), so how dangerous can it be to add hot water to them? I suppose if you were concerned though, there are other brand bags that expressly support boiling water, i.e. "FoodSaver" bags.
Mar
21
comment How are sleeping bag temperature ratings determined?
I think the advantage of the system is that once you establish where you fit on the spectrum, you would be able to buy bags from any manufacturer with that knowledge... For buying your first bag, I agree - likely useless :)
Mar
20
answered Cooking by pouring hot water into plastic bags?
Mar
20
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20
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Mar
19
comment Will any filter/pump purifier last through longer hikes?
how often did you have to clean it? does it clog if you use silty/dirty water?
Mar
19
comment Will any filter/pump purifier last through longer hikes?
I can't help you on this one - I have always preferred Aquamira to fiddling with filters. I have vaguely heard of thru-hikers liking gravity filters like this one (Sawyer Inline): rei.com/product/801824/sawyer-3-way-inline-water-filter
Mar
19
revised How are sleeping bag temperature ratings determined?
add an example
Mar
19
answered How are sleeping bag temperature ratings determined?
Mar
16
comment Tent and sleeping bag: pack inside or strap outside a backpack?
when your tent is soaked, you might strap it to the outside...
Mar
15
comment How long does mayonnaise last unrefrigerated in the back-country?
Consider buying a crate of single serve mayo packets? Shelf life is a year and a cursory amazon search shows $23 for a box of 200 :)