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


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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
Oops, I said freezer bag, but I meant trash compactor bag.
Mar
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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
Interesting. I think this shows that preferences are very, very personal. The two qualities you list as must-haves -- waterproofing and durability -- are way at the bottom of my list of priorities. I use a non-waterproof pack, and in case of bad weather I carry along a big freezer bag into which I can fit all the stuff that I don't want getting wet. Durability is not an issue for me, since I use an ultralight pack, which is cheap and not designed to last for a long time. I seem to wear out a Gossamer Gear G4 in about 3 years, and after that I just buy a new one -- they're not expensive.
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answered What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
away from food and water up to 1 week Huh? Are you saying that you're going to carry a week's water on your back? Most people drink about 2 to 3 liters of water a day, and if you plan to cook food, you'll also need water for cooking. If you need 4 liters a day for 7 days, that's 28 liters of water, which would weigh about 60 lbs.
Mar
13
comment What scientific evidence is there about the causes and prevention of running injuries?
@BenediktBauer: The topics of the two sites overlap. I've participated a little in fitness.SE and got a very negative impression; there's a huge volume of people expressing their opinions, for which they don't have any evidence.
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answered Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
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Mar
11
comment How to Tell When Minimal Running Shoes Are Worn Out?
+1 for the skeptical treatment of conventional wisdom, which is not supported by the scientific evidence. Kong, Candelaria, and Smith found that cushioning affects comfort, but not stresses, because people subconsciously adjust their motions when they feel stresses; comfort is correlated with lack of injury, but since stress doesn't change, this suggests some more complicated set of interrelated variables. There are other studies by van Mechelen, Davies, and Bredeweg that apparently contradict one another a lot and don't lead to a clear picture. See bit.ly/1ixFrqP for some discussion.
Mar
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comment How to apply duct tapes and mole skin to prevent blisters?
Some points not covered in the answers. (1) You can save weight and space by pulling duct tape off of a roll and wrapping a small amount of it around a stick such as the stick of a q-tip. (2) A common way to use duct tape is to wrap it around a toe that's developing a blister. This technique works better with duct tape than with moleskin. (3) All of this works best as a prophylactic. Apply the tape as soon as you start to feel a problem starting.
Mar
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comment Food nutrition for week long hike
The amount of water you need to carry depends completely on the weather and on how frequently you will have water sources available. You haven't told us what time of year this will be. The amount of water you need to carry on your back could be zero, or it could be some huge amount.
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comment Tent for High Altitude Trekking
What is the highest altitude you'll camp at? What is the weather expected to be like? Will this all be snow camping?
Mar
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comment Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?
This seems to have attracted a lot of contradictory answers, none of them containing any solid evidence. This question might be better for skeptics.SE.
Mar
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comment What are the advantages of a double sleeping bag?
Another possibility, advocated by Ray Jardine in his book Beyond Backpacking, is a down quilt.