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  • No personal experience with those poles but Stick's blog has covered the LT4s extensively over the years. I believe that this was his first review and there are some followups as well. I use the (heavier) Black Diamond Carbon Corks and have been happy with them, especially how short the collapse down to which is important when flying with gear. Gossamer Gear LT4 Trekking Poles...
    ravi@... 4:52 AM
  • I'm not even sure you're allowed to pick through them if you haven't sent a re-supply bucket there in the first place? They let anyone go through the hiker buckets where I was there in September 2013. There were more than a few hikers there who had not sent resupplies and were rummaging through the bins including the guy I mentioned who did a full resupply there. He was very lucky...
    ravi@... 5:18 PM
  • "What about the Florence Lake store? I bet you could put together a resupply from the shelves there. After all, their website says they have chocolate . " I was there in June and I think they had only recently opened up. They did have a lot of snack food but unless I missed something (and the store is small) I don't think that there's any way I could put together a resupply for MTR...
    ravi@... 1:39 PM
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  • When I was at MTR two years ago, one low budget hiker was able to resupply from the hiker buckets and there was still a ton of food available. But Bruce is correct: you cannot rely on it. If you get to MTR and there is not enough food available to get to Independence or to finish the hike, you basically have two choices: hike to Florence Lake ferry, take the boat ferry to the other...
    ravi@... 1:30 PM
  • I agree with George's observation on battery life when the phone is turned off rather than put in airplane mode. I can get a week or more of use out of my Moto G when I keep it off except when needed. The disadvantage is that the phone can't be as useful for photography, especially capturing wildlife, since the phone takes time to boot up. I have a separate lightweight camera so my...
    ravi@... Aug 3
  • I have never felt a need for anything larger than my Swiss Army classic weighing in at 0.75 ounce.
    ravi@... Jul 31
  • I recently ordered the SOL Emergency bivy for an upcoming hut-to-hut trip in Europe where I don't anticipate camping and will not carry a shelter. I haven't received it yet so I cannot comment on quality and durability but my intent is to actually only use it in emergency situations when hiking w/o a full shelter. I suspect it will become part of my day hiking kit but doubt I will...
    ravi@... Jul 31
  • Regarding pre-mixing Aquamira, I believe that there were some posts here a while back on studies showing the effectiveness of the pre-mix solution over the course of a day. I think that pre-mixing for a day is probably fine but I've chosen to be more conservative than that. Rather than pre-mixing for an entire day, my habit is to have enough aquamira to pre-mix a liter always...
    ravi@... Jul 30
  • There is no way to determine conclusively whether the filter has frozen. That's one reason I prefer to not carry the Sawyer when I expect temperatures to be below freezing for any length of time. If I know for sure that temps will only go below freezing overnight, then it is acceptable to me to have the filter in my sleeping bag overnight. But I hate worrying about it during the...
    ravi@... Jul 30
  • Sleeping with the Sawyer filter inside the bag isn't a big issue but if it remains freezing during the day it can get really annoying to have to keep the filter warm. But I guess that's likely to be a non-issue this time of year. The trouble with a frozen filter is that there is no indication that it is ruined. It just makes me a little nervous around freezing.
    ravi@... Jul 29