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Jump to new posts Re: Handicapping the Calif 2019 hiking season by aimless @ 4 minutes 28 seconds ago

the high country will probably open later than usual and certainly later than we've become accustomed to in the last decade. Presumably the Sierra's creeks and rivers will be running higher, for a longer time, than has been usual during that time,
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Jump to new posts Handicapping the Calif 2019 hiking season by Rick_D @ 58 minutes 11 seconds ago

Winter 2018-19 has come through in a big way so far and while it's only mid-February, all three Sierra snow basins are over 100% of their April 1 historical averages. Just how much? Averages: North is 127% for today's date, 106% for April 1. Ce
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Jump to new posts Re: Would this work for mosquitoes? by Glenn Roberts @ Today at 12:41 PM

Opens up a whole new line of hiker wear, too: pants, windbreakers, t-shirts, etc. in zebra stripe patterns. I can hardly wait to get my new Tilley hat...
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Jump to new posts Re: Would this work for mosquitoes? by BZH @ Today at 11:28 AM

Suddenly I feel like I made a mistake when I didn't buy my Dirty Girl Gaiters in a garish pattern. No wonder she pushes those patterns so hard... and... I think someone at the University of Bristol is trying there hardest to get an Ignoble Prize
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Jump to new posts Would this work for mosquitoes? by balzaccom @ Today at 10:58 AM

We loved this story about how the stripes on zebras repel biting flies. Now if it will only work on mosquitoes, we're ready to paint up! https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecarter...s/#76a0ddb05234
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by aimless @ Yesterday at 09:35 PM

We can all thank thru-hikers for pushing the envelope on lightening up our loads and teaching us some highly useful tricks. But unless you are hiking massive miles per day, gram counting down the level of worrying about a bit of floss or duct tape ju
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by Petro1234 @ Yesterday at 06:19 PM

What is the problem with these items ? Organisationally they are a nightmare, unless you get them all in one extras bag. Weight wise, it varies. A back up battery worth taking comes in at around half a pound so that is a burden. First aid bits are
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by BZH @ 02/19/19 12:46 PM

I agree with not carrying extra items... even FAK stuff. Some people will just take more and more FAK items for the appearance of safety. The best advice is what Balz said: only take FAK items you are trained to use. I tell new backpackers your FA
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by 4evrplan @ 02/19/19 10:47 AM

I wouldn't make a blanket statement and recommend everyone do away with their emergency gear. We all have to manage the risks intelligently and come up with a solution you are comfortable with. For me and the kind of backpacking I do, it doesn't make
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Jump to new posts Re: Backcountry navigation tools by GrumpyGord @ 02/18/19 06:17 AM

Actually I remember the first time that I was in an area where I could actually use a map. I had been hiking in Michigan woods where you had to keep track of where you were or get lost. This was before GPS. I went to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho a
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Jump to new posts Re: Backcountry navigation tools by Jimshaw @ 02/18/19 12:49 AM

when I was a younger man and being "confused" for a day without food or water in bad weather was "fun" and we toughed it out with skill alone, and no one was gonna come looking for us, we took pride in learning from our mistakes.
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by Mbphoto @ 02/17/19 08:11 AM

Why would you cut back on emergency gear?! Isn't that the gear you want to have with you but are glad to never need to use it?! (It's like mandatory health insurance in Switzerland.. you're annoyed you have to pay monthly but you're so glad you neve
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Jump to new posts Breathtaking oceancoast hiking |CaminodeSantiago by walkingnatur @ 02/17/19 05:36 AM

The day started with a stunning location we were camping in. The sky was covered in clouds but it was painted in a beautiful colors of sunrise. Yesterday we fall asleep by the sound of the ocean and monotone songs of zucades. That was very calming.
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Jump to new posts Re: Crazy weather in Death Valley by balzaccom @ 02/16/19 09:07 PM

According to the folks down there, we need one more big rain in March to really make it happen
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Jump to new posts Re: Crazy weather in Death Valley by Rick_D @ 02/16/19 06:26 PM

Nice! If these storms keep up we could have the best desert wildflower season in a decade.
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Jump to new posts Re: Insulated or single wall mug? by Rick_D @ 02/16/19 06:18 PM

I take a pretty large single-wall titanium mug, no handle, and use a neoprene "beer cozy" to insulate it. I believe something similar is available under the Vargo brand and probably Snow Peak and others. Super light, the cozy keeps drinks
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by 4evrplan @ 02/16/19 01:16 PM

Originally Posted By balzaccomI find that the real weight for many people is either extra feel or clothing. And that stuff weighs much more than a needle and thread, or dental floss, for example.That's a good point. I guess a lot of these items don'
Lite Gear Talk
Jump to new posts Re: Wool for lite gear by Pika @ 02/16/19 10:56 AM

I used a thick wool sweater that my mother knit for me in 1952 for nearly 20 years, much of it in the Sierra. It was knit from fairly loose-spun, large diameter yarn. My records show it at about 19 oz. I used it through the 70’s as part of my th
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Jump to new posts Re: Wool for lite gear by balzaccom @ 02/16/19 09:44 AM

I have an alpaca hoodie that I bought in Peru for about $12 that is just about as warm as a lighter down puffy. And it's just as light. The only drawback is that it doesn't compact as much as down. I love it, and use it all the time on trips.
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by balzaccom @ 02/16/19 09:42 AM

Ok--only a few things here I would do without. Powerbank? No need. We don't take our phones, and that is actual weight, compared to most of the other things on your list. FAK? We only bring things that we are trained and competent to use. That
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by Pika @ 02/16/19 08:48 AM

I carry a small piece of the self-sticking ripstop tape and 18” of duct tape wrapped around my hiking pole. I don’t take zip-ties or glue but I have a small sewing kit that gets used. I also take a few safety pins ever since a total zipper fail
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by Petro1234 @ 02/15/19 10:41 PM

Safety pins, can come in handy for materials, clothes and as already mentioned by oregon mouse tents, zip ties packs, think of all thoes buckles and such. If your pack rips you are knackered, i have sat and sewed packs more than once. Floss, i carr
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Jump to new posts Re: Common But Unnecessary Items by OregonMouse @ 02/15/19 06:33 PM

Good post! Hopefully it will stimulate lots of discussion! Here's my take: Obscure repair items: A lot depends on the length of trip. I always take a couple of safety pins, and have Gorilla duct tape on my trekking poles. I've used the safety p
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Jump to new posts Common But Unnecessary Items by 4evrplan @ 02/15/19 04:13 PM

There are a few items I've seen pop up on packing lists over and over, so I've included them in my gear too, for the most part. But, I question if these will ever be used at all. Here's the ones I can think of off the top of my head: * obscure repai
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Jump to new posts Re: Wool for lite gear by aimless @ 02/15/19 12:14 PM

If, by "gear" you mean clothing, then the brands Glenn named are all widely available. The easiest wool clothing to find will be 'base layers' and hats. Pants and shirts will not be nearly as easy and may not fit your idea of lightweight. A
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