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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).


Feb
23
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
I asked a similar question to this by the way - more about prevention than controlling symptoms - outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/596/…
Feb
23
answered How to treat shin splints while backpacking
Feb
21
revised What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
add notes about carabiners
Feb
21
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
Thank you, I'll add that
Feb
21
revised What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
expanding on the options a bit
Feb
21
answered What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
Feb
16
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Great work! Very interesting to see the temperature logger data
Feb
15
answered How is “pack weight” measured
Feb
10
comment How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
I love the question, but I can't help - I revel in the freedom of being filthy while I hike... of course, I hike alone most of the time, so there's no one to annoy with my stank :)
Feb
10
comment Can/Should I cook in my tent?
@Peter - yep, $25/year is pretty premium :) IMHO well worth it.
Feb
10
comment Which careers allow working in the wild on a daily basis?
Nice stuff! I have a friend who is a geologist and spends most of his time out in the field collecting samples... that would fit too!
Feb
9
comment How to sail a packraft
Can you be more specific about what kind of pakraft you have? The only ones I'm familiar with are made by Alpacka...
Feb
8
revised Are there any low sodium freeze dried meals?
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Feb
8
answered Are there any low sodium freeze dried meals?
Feb
8
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Feb
8
revised What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?
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Feb
7
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
+1, good answer... I like that it doesn't require extra gear...
Feb
7
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
@RussellSteen I guess it's a tradeoff - I prefer heavy feet over bloody feet :)
Feb
7
answered How to deal with condensation in a tent?
Feb
7
comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
Berry, I think you should reconsider the rope thing - I've heard of using rope handlines (i.e. secured to both sides of the river), but tying yourself to a rope is not a best practice at ALL. If you fall in a swift current, you're almost guaranteeing you're going to drown - you generally won't be able to use the rope to pull yourself out, instead it will hold you under the current.