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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).


Dec
15
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
I haven't set foot on the AT, but I disagree with some of this. Thru-hikers are not that special, they are just hiking the trail like everyone else. Sure, if you feel like it, offer them an apple, they'll love it. But giving them priority on the trail and in shelters? I would argue the opposite - you're out there on your one summer weekend trip, take the silly shelter spot if you want it. There's always another shelter down the trail for them. Or you know, their tent?
Dec
15
comment How much does it cost to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?
PS, I'm planning an AT thru-hike for 2015 as we speak :)
Nov
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
@Dakatine - if you're a beginner, you'll need a partner with experience anyways, so assume they have the rope :) If it's indoor, ropes are usually provided.
Sep
15
comment Legal permits required for trekking in Canada
Yep, no need to get a permit to climb the Chief. Have fun!
Sep
1
comment Applications of a slip knot in climbing?
Personally, if I know my rope should reach the ground, I don't tie knots, I visually confirm that both ends are on the ground and re-throw the rope if they aren't.
Aug
18
comment Applications of a slip knot in climbing?
Some people also put slip knots in the ends of the rope before throwing them down to start a rappel. I'm generally against it due to increasing the likelihood of a snag, but it's common-ish.
May
22
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
@MichaelHampton - I'm just saying it's a tradeoff - if you don't need the GPS, great... In that case, airplane mode will save you battery. If you aren't on well-established trails and you need occasional GPS, then it's worth knowing that you're going to sacrifice some battery life.
Apr
16
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Ben - your own post says that the are useful, just not at decreasing work. If someone has bad knees, wouldn't you say the are useful in that context?
Apr
9
comment How to pull one's partner from a crack/crevasse when skiing?
Read the answers here, then realize you need to go take a mountaineering course on glacier travel and crevasse rescue :)
Apr
9
comment Advantages of types of sleeping bags over another
When you say "blanket", would another term for that be quilt? Aka your blanket might be made of down or synthetic insulation?
Mar
6
comment Who places the bolts on rock climbing routes, and how?
I would add that any route bolted outside of existing climbing areas is going to be controversial (i.e. bolt a route up a mountain in a National Park, visible from trails and I wouldn't be surprised if you end up in jail).
Dec
15
comment Warmth of two sleeping bags
@ppl - yes indeed, I didn't see the part about two identical bags. I've seen weird results with compressed down though - some things suggest that (in jackets at least) volume of down is almost as important as loft... so it just goes to show you actually have to test your own setup!
Dec
12
comment What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?
FWIW, I did mention permethrin briefly in my answer... and that ultimately I just prefer to wear mozzy-proof clothes :)
Sep
7
comment Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
Read the bottom of my post - up to 2lbs lighter!
Sep
5
comment Backup prusik for Abseiling: Where does it go?
Emphasis on NEVER enter the descender. If you let that happen, you are in serious trouble. For this reason, some (very cautious) people extend their descender further "uphill" from their belay loop so there is absolutely no chance of this happening.
Sep
5
comment How does Frogg Toggs Polypropylene measure up?
A note on durability - I bought two sets of jackets and pants, and ripped the seat out of both of them before I even got to the trail :) I think it was mostly a fit issue though, I found that I was swimming in the jacket, but the pants fit snugly. YMMV!
Aug
1
comment What are the major difference between a regular sleeping bag and one designed for women?
The cut of the bag is often different as well - more room in the hip area. Look at the lengths too - "Long" in a womens bag is quite different than "Long" in a mens bag.
Jul
18
comment What are the minimum set of shoes required for hiking outdoors
A related question: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/105/19
Jul
17
comment Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
That being said, getting your Prusik caught is a nightmare - try it at home sometime and see if you can figure out how to get it out!
Jul
17
comment Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
In the particular case of this question, it actually has a downside - you have to get even lower before your weight is on your ropes!