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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
27
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
I second everyone that questions the magic warming power of liners (especially the thin silk-type ones). Waterproof liners (aka vapour barriers) have a place in winter camping, but beyond that, insulated liners would be the only sure-fire way I can see to increase warmth!
Feb
5
comment May hiking in Eastern California
Sorry, gerrit, I just don't know much about those areas which is why I didn't make an answer to your Q
Feb
5
comment May hiking in Eastern California
I don't have a positive answer, but the Sierras are usually buried in snow til mid-June. So I would look into your backup areas more closely!
Jan
30
comment Rappelling in the Rain
@DavidR - good answer. It rains a lot where I am, and wet ropes haven't made any difference to my rapping experience...
Jan
24
comment Can I replace Dish soap?
A handful of sand is amazingly effective :)
Jul
16
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
@NikosAlexandris - good clarification, I will edit
Jun
27
comment Avoiding compression when packing synthetic sleeping bag
When you say "extreme", is that the particular synthetic fill?
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
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
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?
Apr
19
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
I was looking that over a few days ago - I found it suspiciously lacking in the hard details of how it would perform... most other chargers I've dealt with offer a pretty straightforward table of "charge for X minutes for Y% of battery for an iPhone Z". I hope that this thing does turn out to be great though!
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
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
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.