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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
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
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
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
7
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
4
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
3
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
3
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
3
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
Feb
2
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? :)
Feb
1
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 :)
Feb
1
comment What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?
Oh moss! I'm having trouble imagining bark being any fun... and fungi actually that sounds fine, some of it anyways (sometimes it's pretty nasty!)
Feb
1
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
I think a better question is, how do you get the hunters to share their beer with you? ;)
Jan
31
comment Should you pop a blister?
I wish I was good enough with taping/moleskin/whatever to protect a blister and prevent it from popping. For me, they always pop, and usually before I notice that I have them...
Jan
31
comment What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?
but very clean :)
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
PS: my sources tell me that heat loss through your head is pronounced if you are already shivering.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
+1 Increase your covered area (i.e. pants if wearing shorts, jacket if wearing a t-shirt, hat if bald). Add wind layers if it's windy. Add insulated layers to as much area of your body as possible if neither of the previous bits work.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I think that guy is bald :)
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
Graham, I think @mjrider may have you there - great answer to how heat loss works, but in this particular case, you should follow up the theory with the specific answer - insulate as much of your body as possible and avoid wind or cover the insulation with something wind resistant.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I agree that you feel the coldest on your head, so covering that up will add to your preception of warmth. Unfortunately, I agree with other posters that your skin loses heat evenly, so your best bet is to put on clothes that insulate the largest area possible (usually torso then legs). Obviously, having a hood is a good thing, but only because it adds to the area covered.