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  • Just got back from traveling to and from Colorado with a ULA Catalyst. Used a large heavy duty garbage bag and Tyvek tape. Tie and tape a loop into the top to allow your address tag and airline routing tag to hook on. Use the Tyvek tape to cinch up the excess trash bag material. Did not use a bag on the way back (bag was a lot smaller without food), just cinched up and tied up all...
    Chris Pratt Jun 26, 2013
  • I use BackCountry Navigator. You can download from the Google app store for 10 dollars. It has a wide variety of map sources and allows to to import various tracks and waypoints. You mark and it downloads the maps and waypoints to the SD card on your phone. I use it with my Samsung Galaxy S1. Normally on longer trips I will carry 2 or three batteries and a lightweight battery...
    Chris Pratt May 28, 2013
  • JD, I do something similar when it gets to cold for my bag. But, instead of draping the jacket over the bag I zip it up and slide it over the foot of the bag, like an oversized sock. It reaches up around the knee area. By doing this I don't have issues with the jacket sliding off the top of the bag during the night. To me it seems that more heat is lost in the bottom part of the...
    Chris Pratt May 15, 2013
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  • Darryl, I use a regular size Prolite and a 20 degree feathered friends bag and have no issues well below freezing (cold enough to freeze water bottles). I do not use a liner but instead just have a dedicated set of smartwool socks and lightweight long johns that I sleep in (and to keep the sleeping bag clean). Most of my camping is in colorado from 10-12 thousand feet in altitude...
    Chris Pratt Apr 7, 2013
  • My vote is for a Petzl Tikka headlamp. Very strong and uses three AAA batteries. Has three different brightness settings and a flash mode for emergencies. This makes it very easy to get batteries for while on the trail. Great handsfree operation for reading/writing at night and those late night trips into the woods. I actually end up use it more at home, greatest thing in the...
    Chris Pratt Apr 4, 2013
  • Not an advertisement, but I'm really hard on glasses and this works for me.... Go to Zenni Optical and you can by single vision glasses all day long for less then 10.00 dollars and they came with a very lightweight plastic case that fits into my ULA backpack hipbelt. I've given up trying to make glasses last over 6 months (welding and grinding metal really screws up plastic lens...
    Chris Pratt Mar 15, 2013
  • Denise, I've used a Tarptent Squall 2 for a number of years as a single. Always have been happy with its service, The silnylon does need to be treated every couple of years. In heavy rains it will mist on you, but if you always try to put it up under trees it really has not been that big of issue. Condensation in single wall tents is a bigger issue and only can be combated by...
    Chris Pratt Mar 8, 2013
  • Woe is me, I did not see a walking with hiking poles while chewing gum.... Doomed I am... On 3/6/2013 2:22 PM, John Ladd wrote: On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM, charliepolecat < kennethjessett@^$1 > wrote: In any case, worrying if I am using them 'correctly' would take much of the enjoyment out of hiking. After all, I am in the wilderness to get away from all that 'instruction...
    Chris Pratt Mar 6, 2013
  • John, You should be looking at Android phones I feel they have some significant advantages over an iPhone for backpackers. First of all both Android phones and iPhones run equivalent applications - Most models have replaceable batteries, this allows you to carry extra batteries (with an iphone on a long trip you will have to deal with solar charging or external battery packs...
    Chris Pratt Feb 24, 2013
  • Pete, I'm serious, us fast stealthy hikers have to leave your snow baskets on the hiking poles. Their you are hiking along, you cross a stream and come out the other side with 3 or 4 trout skewered (fishkabob) onto your hiking poles. Then you have to then stop and cook them, slows you down considerably. Lots of people just pull them off and throw them on the ground, but that...
    Chris Pratt Jan 15, 2013