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  1. Make sure the canister mix just has propane and...

    Make sure the canister mix just has propane and isobutane, NO BUTANE. I don't think any brand that that meets this requirement is better than another. If your mix contains butane, in winter after the...
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    I like the Ursack Minor to keep the varmints out...

    I like the Ursack Minor to keep the varmints out of my food bag, hung (if bears) or not hung (if not bears); no issues after quite a few trail miles over quite a few years.
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    Take your time and ease into it in the beginning...

    Take your time and ease into it in the beginning of the hike, give your body time to get used to the daily demands of the trail. Smell the roses. It's just walking. ; )
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    Have not hiked new Hammersly Trails, but highly...

    Have not hiked new Hammersly Trails, but highly recommend the STS. Many options exist to do less than the full 85 miles (or do more, if you want) without retracing your steps.
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    I am a stomach and side sleeper. I'm quite comfy...

    I am a stomach and side sleeper. I'm quite comfy on a not-quite firm NeoAir.
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    I like the UL carbon fiber poles that Gossamer...

    I like the UL carbon fiber poles that Gossamer Gear sells. I use the fixed length ones most of the time, and the sectioned ones for air travel trips.
  7. I really like a 900 cc pot when I'm just cooking...

    I really like a 900 cc pot when I'm just cooking for me. When full of water, it's perfect to pour off a couple cups for a big mug of tea or coffee, and still have enough water and room to rehydrate...
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    FWIW I used a rented Bearikade Expedition in...

    FWIW I used a rented Bearikade Expedition in Olympic Park Bailey Range traverse, a borrowed Bearikade Expedition for the JMT, and now own a Weekender that I have used on Tahoe Rim trail and in...
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    I found it helpful to spend some time using a...

    I found it helpful to spend some time using a stair-stepper machine in the weeks before getting on trail for a long section hike (Springer to Hot Springs). Allowed me to average 13-14 miles a day in...
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    In addition to the other good advice above about...

    In addition to the other good advice above about reducing packaging and calorie dense foods, suggest you pack you last day's food into the canister first, ending with your first day's food. This way...
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    10 days is a lot of food to carry. You might try...

    10 days is a lot of food to carry. You might try 1.5 or even 1.25 pounds per person a day, but cutting your food in half from your usual 2 pounds a day for ten days on trail seems overly extreme to...
  12. Thread: Shoe size

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    I used to fit well in size 10.5-11. Now I'm...

    I used to fit well in size 10.5-11. Now I'm needing to get 11.5-12. Feet have always been wide. I think I can blame the backpacking I've done over the last 8-9 years. No thru hikes, but more than...
  13. I have used the Gossamer Gear fixed length carbon...

    I have used the Gossamer Gear fixed length carbon fiber poles for years with good results. Suspect these will also be winners. Aramid wrap of lower section is a good idea.
  14. New custom titanium windscreen for Toaks 550 pot

    For all you UL'ers out there who love the Toaks 550 - I've gotten so many requests for taking 1/4" off the height of one of my small windscreens (so that it fits and nests inside the 550 perfectly)...
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    I like to cook in my pot - less trash weight (as...

    I like to cook in my pot - less trash weight (as has already been pointed out), no plastic chemicals leaching into my food from the freezer bag, easier to simmer and get food really fully hydrated...
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    One last sale extension - don't blame me if you...

    One last sale extension - don't blame me if you miss it !

    :)
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    I also use WAG bags when ground is too frozen to...

    I also use WAG bags when ground is too frozen to dig a cathole in some winter conditions (below freezing and no snow cover to thaw the ground under the snow). Major disadvantage is carrying your ****...
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    I use large brass safety pins. Have never lost a...

    I use large brass safety pins. Have never lost a sock.
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    Sale extended !

    Sale extended !
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    FIRE SALE at QiWiz UL Gear

    I have a FIRE SALE going on both sizes of titanium wood burning backpack stoves.
    More than 10% off either the 2.8 ounce FireFly or the 5.8 ounce FireFly XL.
    You can access the sale prices on my...
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    How about a Gatewood Cape?

    How about a Gatewood Cape?
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    I have used Gossamer Gear carbon fiber poles for...

    I have used Gossamer Gear carbon fiber poles for more than 10 years. I have both the fixed length ones and the adjustable length ones. I really like the ultralight weight of these. I once broke the...
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    Ratings are tricky things; would not trust a...

    Ratings are tricky things; would not trust a rating that seems too good to be true for the weight. I love quilts. What I would bring for the time/temps you are expecting would be a Jacks or Better...
  24. Sale extended AGAIN! I will be out of town...

    Sale extended AGAIN!

    I will be out of town this weekend so if you place an order FYI I will expect to be able to ship on Tuesday 2/12.
  25. Sale has been extended !

    Sale has been extended !
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