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Jump to new posts First trip with Bear Vault 500..not enough space! by willie1280 @ Today at 08:10 AM

So a week from today i head to the great land of Alaska for a week long solo hike in Lake Clark National Park. Last night i started doing the last pack up of everything to make sure i'm all set one last time. This is the first time i've really pack
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Jump to new posts Re: Wither Bergans of Norway? by JustWalking @ Today at 03:08 AM

From 2016: Bergans of Norway ends sales in U.S. market Story here: https://www.snewsnet.com/news/bergans-ends-us-sales Not sure why they still list all those stores in the US and elsewhere as carrying their product when none do any longer, and have
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Jump to new posts Re: Wither Bergans of Norway? by OregonMouse @ Yesterday at 10:04 PM

My mother had a Bergans pack bought in the late 1930s. Of course it's long gone, and so is she, but she really liked it. I'm surprised that more dealers in the US don't carry their products. Norway is a beautiful and extremely friendly country, w
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
Jump to new posts Re: Great Mediterranean Coast Hike - Day 1 by BZH @ Yesterday at 11:37 AM

Wow, what a beautiful hike! I am amazed there are so many rural areas next to the Mediterranean. I was interested to see what the campgrounds are like, but I don't think I saw any in your video.
Backcountry Beginners
Jump to new posts Re: Help for the beginning of many adventures! by HPD @ Yesterday at 10:54 AM

Hey Colton, welcome!! Would love to help you out. Have a few questions for you first. You said Front Range-Where are you? I'm in Fort Collins so I might be able help you on location. 20-30 year old gear-What do you have, specifically. Starting sch
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I've taken my older brother into the Grand Canyon and my brother-in-law across the Canyon, neither had any experience. Both trips went well but only because a lot time was spent in preparation and discussion. My brother researched what he needed and
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
Jump to new posts Re: Update on JMT walk. by Bill Kennedy @ 08/15/18 05:51 PM

I'm really sorry to hear this. That's a tough break, no pun intended. I've always suspected that the most dangerous part of backpacking is getting to the trailhead in the first place. I hope it heals up before long...I'll hold a good thought for you
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Jump to new posts Great Mediterranean Coast Hike - Day 1 by walkingnatur @ 08/15/18 01:59 PM

Great Mediterranean Coast Hike - Day 1 | Argelès-sur-Mer, Collioure, Port-Vendres We are excited to share with you these video series of our Mediterranean hike that we did this year and hopefully it will be continued. These video series is devot
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The pad is the only thing I'd actually worry about. Bring along something that can add to his yoga mat so he doesn't shiver all night. The Gatewood is not for everyone. I've seen a lot of wide eyes when people have looked into mine. Floorless is dau
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Jump to new posts Re: Wither Bergans of Norway? by Steadman @ 08/15/18 08:51 AM

Glenn Thank you. Yes, that’s about where I got stuck. Might try this again if I make it to New England next year. The weird part of this ( to me, anyway) is that this was one of the highest rated pieces of lightweight gear about two years ago.
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Jump to new posts Re: Wither Bergans of Norway? by Glenn Roberts @ 08/14/18 10:46 AM

I did a quick search for the Helium 55, which took me to the Bergans website; on their home page, there is a store locator. I found maybe half a dozen shops in the US listed there, mostly in New England; they appeared to be ski shops. I didn’t go t
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Jump to new posts Wither Bergans of Norway? by Steadman @ 08/14/18 09:09 AM

Does anyone know why Bergans of Norway Helium 55 packs aren’t being sold by US retailers anymore? I bought one, liked it for it’s comfort, adjustablility, and weight and would like to get a women’s model for my daughter to use. REI claims
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Jump to new posts Re: bad idea taking a newbie into the backcountry? by toddfw2003 @ 08/13/18 06:47 PM

I offered him my 20 degree quilt. he bought a 0 degree mummy bag from walmart. not sure how comfortably warm it will keep him. Maybe warm to 35 if he is lucky. This isnt actually a friend. I am friends with his wife. I have car camped with him
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Jump to new posts Re: bad idea taking a newbie into the backcountry? by Glenn Roberts @ 08/13/18 06:26 PM

My guess is that the “problem” with the friend’s weight isn’t the weight of each item - it’s the number of items. You’ve probably done the same thing I did (for many years, until the kids were grown & gone and the house paid for, I al
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Jump to new posts Re: bad idea taking a newbie into the backcountry? by 4evrplan @ 08/13/18 02:44 PM

The weight is one thing. If you want to get out there badly enough and you don't have the coin for light gear or the time to make your own from scratch, you'll make do with heavy gear, as I do. Staying warm is another thing altogether. Hypothermia i
Backcountry Health & Safety
Jump to new posts Re: Protecting dog in mountain lion country by Sharbear @ 08/13/18 01:53 PM

I hope you have found a schedule that allows your dog some free time to roam and play in his backyard.
Backcountry Health & Safety
Jump to new posts Re: Band Aid Hydro Seal bandages by JustWalking @ 08/13/18 12:37 AM

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I had one (the Nexcare brand) on the back of my heel where my new shoe was rubbing and it lasted throughout a backpacking trip and then some.
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Jump to new posts Hello to all hikers and backpackers! by walkingnatur @ 08/12/18 05:16 PM

We are a young couple who dedicates themselve to creating photo and video content, as well as our own music. Our content is related to travelling and adventures. We are passionate walkers who love hiking, trekking and camping. Our goal is to promote
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
Jump to new posts Re: Update on JMT walk. by aimless @ 08/12/18 04:06 PM

Dang! Sorry to hear you had to bail because of injury. Heal quickly and remember there are plenty of ways to skin a cat and even more ways to enjoy the backcountry. If you have to give up some of them, that still leaves you with a wide variety o
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
Jump to new posts Update on JMT walk. by Pika @ 08/12/18 03:41 PM

I had to quit this year’s northbound walk of the John Muir Trail after four days of walking. This will be the second time I’ve had to leave the trail because of a foot injury. The first time, in 2013, halfway along, was from plantar fasciitis a
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
Jump to new posts Mok Wilderness Trail Crew by balzaccom @ 08/12/18 02:38 PM

Since my wife has been laid up with tendonitis in her foot, I decided to take advantage of a week-long volunteer trail crew opportunity in the Mokelumne Wilderness, once again with ranger Chip Morrill. Here's the report on that week: I got to the
Trip Plans, Reports & Inquiries
Jump to new posts Grand Canyon - Brahma Deva Route? by 41253 @ 08/12/18 01:41 PM

We're thinking about a tentative trip next May: starting from the North Rim, a night at Cottonwood, the Brahma Deva Route to Clear Creek spending a night on the saddle, a night at Clear Creek, then to Bright Angel campground (stew! salad!) via Clear
General Discussion
Jump to new posts Re: bad idea taking a newbie into the backcountry? by Glenn Roberts @ 08/12/18 07:15 AM

You made the right call by turning this into an overnighter. The only other thing you could suggest is a shakedown day-hike, and let him learn what his load will feel like on the trail. Some people only learn by experience. If he can carry his load,
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If you enjoy his company, then go ahead and enjoy his company as you stop every 20 minutes. He can't say you didn't warn him or try to help - and if he complains too much, gently remind him and figure out what needs to be done, if anything can be don
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Jump to new posts bad idea taking a newbie into the backcountry? by toddfw2003 @ 08/11/18 11:23 PM

I am spending the summer in Central Idaho backpacking. I have a buddy that I car camp with that has 0 experience backpacking. He decided to drive up and backpack with me. We checked out his gear and it was horrible. He probably has a base weight
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