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I live in LA and enjoy day hikes, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering.


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revised How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
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revised How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
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answered How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
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comment How to carry water in freezing temperatures?
This doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't matter if the bottle is made of aluminum. If the temp is -40 Fahrenheit, and you leave the bottle sitting out overnight, the water is going to freeze. If it doesn't freeze, it's because you protected the bottle from the cold.
Mar
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comment Suitable Food for moderate to High altitude trekking
At high altitudes, many people experience a loss of appetite. For this reason, I find it helpful to bring a variety of foods. It's hard to work up an appetite for eating the same thing over and over. Bringing only two things, like chocolate and apples, may not be a good idea for that reason. Apples are probably not very practical because of their low ratio of calories to weight.
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Mar
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comment Sizing up high altitude boots
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1338/…
Mar
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comment Do I need to break in double plastic mountaineering boots?
I think it depends on the conditions, but this is definitely good advice for people who are not going to do long, high-altitude, very cold trips at high latitudes. In addition to leather, there are options using goretex and other similar artificial materials. The real issue is the weight, not the material.
Mar
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comment Sizing up high altitude boots
An option to consider before Denali would be to do a lesser climb in an area where it's possible to rent double plastic boots. E.g., I know you can rent them in Shasta, and I think you can rent them in the alps in towns like Chamonix. This gives you a chance to find your size without throwing away money. Double plastic boots aren't at all necessary for Shasta, but they'll work, and you can test them in realistic conditions over a couple of days. REI is also extremely permissive about returns.
Mar
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comment Sizing up high altitude boots
My experience with double plastic boots has been that it's basically just impossible to get ones that I can use. Every size I've tried is either too small in one area or too big in another. If you get them too big, they rub and give you blisters. As you get into heavier and heavier footwear, it gets harder and harder to make it work without causing foot problems. I'll be interested in seeing the answers to this question. Maybe there are ways to customize the boot, such as filling in some spaces with shims...? Don't buy a pair that you can't test and then immediately return if necessary.
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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
Yeah, I can see your point of view. I hike mostly in California, where it doesn't rain much in summer, so it's not worth it to me to carry a heavier pack just for the added convenience of not having to bring the trash compactor bag. Are you in the UK? If so, then I can see how the much wetter conditions would influence you. For the record, the ultralight pack I use (Gossamer Gear G4) doesn't just fail unexpectedly. It just tends to gradually fray and wear, sort of like a pair of pants that eventually develops a hole in the seat.
Mar
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answered Looking for a Topographical map resource?
Mar
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comment What free/open source maps can I put on my Garmin etrex vista HCX for walking in southern spain?
possible duplicate of: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3865/… outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/64/… outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/704/…
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revised What free/open source maps can I put on my Garmin etrex vista HCX for walking in southern spain?
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comment What free/open source maps can I put on my Garmin etrex vista HCX for walking in southern spain?
I'm going to edit this question so that it isn't so specific to your trip. The purpose of stackexchange isn't really to provide an answer for use by the person posing the question, it's to collect questions and answers that will be useful to other people.
Mar
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comment Food nutrition for week long hike
These seem like two separate questions to me: one about water, and the other about nutrition. The nutrition question doesn't seem to have anything to do with southern Spain in particular. The nutrition question is also very vague and general.
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comment Food nutrition for week long hike
@hillsons: A good quality water filter purchased from a legitimate reseller is going to remove nearly anything you're worried about, bacteria and protozoa included. Not true. A filter won't do anything about viruses.
Mar
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comment What is the difference in terms of application of a rucksack with greater than 50L capacity?
If you're trying to go light, you could go down in weight of the pack itself, rather than going down in volume. Ultralight packs in the 65 l range are extremely light, and also work well with smaller-volume loads. Packs are expensive Ultralight packs are cheap. Conventional packs are expensive.
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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
@AndrewWelch: I don't know much about those other brands. The G4 has worked well for me except for a tendency for the top portion to bend backward or to one side. I like the foam pad they sell to go with it.