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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).


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revised Are there any low sodium freeze dried meals?
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answered Are there any low sodium freeze dried meals?
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revised What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?
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Feb
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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
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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
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answered How to deal with condensation in a tent?
Feb
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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.
Feb
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comment If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely?
Why would I take of my shoes? wouldn't that hurt my feet if the rocks are sharp?
Feb
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answered How to find objective reviews of outdoors gear?
Feb
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answered what are the differences between high-end sleeping pads and cut to fit foam mats
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comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
Clare, really that won't be an issue unless you make it one - you can get to towns as often as you necessary. I have hiked the CDT and PCT and even on those trails you hit town weekly. People I hiked with said that on the AT they hit towns every 3-4 days.
Feb
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comment Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?
On the AT you can get to towns all the time, why not just act normally, store used pads/tampons in a WAG bag, then dump them in town?
Feb
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comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
People I've talked to say most solar options are really hard to actually charge things while hiking, is that true?
Feb
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comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
I've used this one successfully to charge an iPhone using Lithium AAs - Tekkeon MP1550 - tekkeon.com/products-tekcharge1550.html - I easily charged the iPhone ~2 times with each set of 2 AA batteries
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comment First time camping, need advice
great answer, I like the bit about wet sleeping bags - who cares what it's made of if you're wet? :)
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accepted Why do shin splints happen?
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comment Why do shin splints happen?
Definitely not cold in the desert... I probably do "pound" though, especially when stringing together long days and miles. hard to avoid :)