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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
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.
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
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
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 :)
Mar
15
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
It does... unfortunately, that includes the GPS!
Mar
15
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
Seems impossible with no recharge? I mean, turn it off... that'll make it last :)
Mar
13
comment What sleeping bags are needed for a northbound thru-hike of the AT
Yeah, fair enough - I think the Q specified that money wasn't an object, so I rolled with that. There are definitely reasonable budget-conscious alternatives!
Mar
13
comment What sleeping bags are needed for a northbound thru-hike of the AT
GoLite falls below the listed companies IMO - bags are a bit heavier for the same temp rating, people seem to find their ratings to be optimistic too, and the half-center zips are weird/not ideal for the wide range of temperatures seen on a thru-hike.
Mar
6
comment What good options are there for wine transport?
For extra anti-class, it's very easy to drink directly from the bladder :)
Feb
29
comment Starting cross-country skiing off trails
Lots of good stuff from you and phidauex. I think I'm likely to aim for this more than a tele setup since I'm not keen on the downhill aspect. Somewhere to start from at least!
Feb
28
comment Starting cross-country skiing off trails
My backpack and contents, not what I'm wearing... boots + snowshoes and hiking clothes are extra :)
Feb
28
comment Starting cross-country skiing off trails
Yikes, considering my whole rest of my winter camping gear is around 16lbs, that seems hilariously heavy :) Nonetheless, I appreciate the detailed advice!
Feb
24
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
@furtive, I suppose I should have made it clearer above that I'm aware it's not healthy :)
Feb
23
comment How to treat shin splints while backpacking
Yep Justin, I agree that this is a good question and definitely different than the one I had!
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
21
comment What is a good starter kit for beginning indoor climbing?
Thank you, I'll add that