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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).


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.
Jan
30
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
I don't think there is an average person, sorry! I do think if you know your own fitness level and average pace on an easy trail, you can extrapolate that to the other two though...
Jan
30
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
These are great maps, and definitely the best thing for the US. I hiked the Continental Divide Trail using just these and although occasionally out of date, there is nothing better.
Jan
29
comment Can/Should I cook in my tent?
I guess my point is that if you have the right stove and the conditions suck, it's by no means the end of the world.
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
"Instead of", yeah, you just feed both ends, one in either slot and "belay" yourself down.
Jan
26
comment Is it possible to rappel with only a rope? (No harness, Prusik cord, or other gear)
I've done it and +1 for "not comfortable" lol! The girl I was with did have as painful issues as I did.
Jan
26
comment Will a tent provide some protection from bears?
psychological protection perhaps? :)
Jan
26
comment Is digging a “cold hole” really effective when sheltering in a snowed area?
Good use of a Mike Clelland drawing :)
Jan
25
comment Is it worth buying a footprint?
That's a good point - I do scour the area I'm going to put up my tarp in for larger rocks, sticks, pine cones, etc. I've noticed anthills and moved camp because of them!
Jan
25
comment When rock climbing, what is the difference between top-roping and leading?
"only fall as far as their last placed anchor" <-- should be a minimum of twice this distance + rope stretch, which will be substantial the further up the climb they are. So if you are 3M above your last protection, your minimum fall is 3M + 3M + rope stretch.
Jan
25
comment What style crampon should I use for my hiking boots and how do I adjust them?
Also would be useful to mention whether you have hiking boots with a welt or not (i.e. do they have hard lips on the toe and heel to allow attachment to crampons).
Jan
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
Ah, fair point!
Jan
25
comment How do I treat a blister? How can I prevent getting them in the first place?
I think it's not a duplicate, since the other question specifies not having a first aid kit
Jan
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
I doubt anyone should own a rope before they know how to set an anchor. For that matter, a belay device falls in the same category. If the plan is to be doing anything like that, step 1 should be "take a class or get a mentor" :)
Jan
24
comment What to look for in a durable, 3-season sleeping bag?
don't forget that synthetic doesn't last nearly as long even if you take extremely good care of it (i.e. never compress it).
Jan
24
comment Hiking boots vs trail shoes
If you are getting lots of blisters from your boots, it might not be very fun :) I have pretty tough feet, so have not experienced that issue with boots on shorter trips...
Jan
24
comment Do polarized sunglasses protect against snow blindess?
Emphasis on "how well they cover your eyes" :) On the snow, the reflection from below comes from a lot of angles, so tightly fitted glasses are key.
Jan
24
comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
Stick with the first question - how do you tie a knot for a bear bag. Your second question is way too general, we want questions that can have one correct answer!