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    . . . unless you're above tree line, or in an...

    . . . unless you're above tree line, or in an area without evergreens with low branches, or you're not in a condition to run around harvesting branches.

    The convenience and safety margin provided...
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    A working x-therm, by itself, is generally warm...

    A working x-therm, by itself, is generally warm enough for sleeping. However, I always carry at least a torso length CCF pad to sit on, sort gear onto in the snow, as back-up if my inflatable gets...
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    There isn't a "right" solution to this one. I...

    There isn't a "right" solution to this one. I might be tempted to get the x-therm for year round and then take a torso-length as my second winter pad and/or my ultra-light minimalist summer pad.
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    I don't know how much winter overnight experience...

    I don't know how much winter overnight experience you may have. But, many of us that do regular backcountry overnights in the winter carry both an inflatable pad and a closed cell foam (ccf) pad. ...
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    A few thoughts: 1) Yeah, sheets folded and sewn...

    A few thoughts:
    1) Yeah, sheets folded and sewn are easy and make great bag liners. A twin is all the material you'll need. You don't need a double.
    2) The commercial bag liners are typically made...
  6. This may also suggest that even if being attacked...

    This may also suggest that even if being attacked by a female with cubs is the most likely scenario (I'm curious if it is), they are not interested in killing as much as eliminating a threat. ...
  7. All the above suggestions make sense. But then,...

    All the above suggestions make sense. But then, many people that do long thru-hikes do them as their first backpacking experience. I think one the keys to keep in mind as you are thinking about it...
  8. Thread: Rain pants

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    Cut off the bottom of a pair of Tyvek coveralls...

    Cut off the bottom of a pair of Tyvek coveralls and sew/tape a drawstring into the waist?
    They'll be super light, super affordable, baggy enough to go over shoes, AND you get a rain coat left over...
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    Inflating with a garbage bag is so darn easy I've...

    Inflating with a garbage bag is so darn easy I've done if for years. And, since I already carry a garbage bag, the net weight added is 0.0 g. I've been given or found thermarest, big agnes, and sea...
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    It sounds like the emergency you are most...

    It sounds like the emergency you are most concerned with is likely one you could sit beside the trail with for a couple days if needed while waiting for assistance. If you are on the AT, you will...
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    I was wondering what might come of these...

    I was wondering what might come of these overlapping ideas about windscreen design as I saw what looked like a potential conflict.

    This thread is what made me aware of the Ocelot HX plate. ...
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    I'll second the above, including body size. My...

    I'll second the above, including body size. My Copper Spur is noticeably longer inside (maybe 3 inches?) than my REI Quarterdome with exactly the same advertised floor dimensions. So, while on this...
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    Being 6'4" and 210 lbs +/-, I get it. I'm also a...

    Being 6'4" and 210 lbs +/-, I get it. I'm also a gear junky and like hunting down the best gear possible, which my gear room, garage, and my wife will attest to. That being said, one of the many...
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    I use alcohol. It has its place. BUT, I...

    I use alcohol. It has its place. BUT, I wouldn't call it simple compared to either canisters or Esbit.

    The not simple side of alcohol:
    1) Handling/poring liquid fuel whenever you use the stove...
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    I was playing around with freezing and warm water...

    I was playing around with freezing and warm water and whatnot a few years ago. I found filling with just a cold receiving canister took too much time. When I did both a cold receiving canister and...
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    I've got no problem weighing my canisters on a...

    I've got no problem weighing my canisters on a scale at home. Using the 100 g canisters, there is 100 g of fuel and 100 g of canister (more or less).
    I did a few boil tests at home, tracking the...
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    Years ago I had this problem on a pack that...

    Years ago I had this problem on a pack that pulled from two directions. Sitting in camp, I used a needle and thread and stitched on side of the strap down which solved 1/2 the problem. Then, for...
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    Is it real, or is it my imagination?

    It seems to me like WhiteBlaze forums have become significantly less active recently when I would have expected Covid followed by spring to bring on more people spending more time thinking and typing...
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    As I read over this thread, one of the themes...

    As I read over this thread, one of the themes seems to be strange noises in the night outside of tents. Geez, I hate tents, and this is one more reason to hate them.

    Not to beat a dead horse any...
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    I don't know any particulars on this one, but,...

    I don't know any particulars on this one, but, this is also a reason to pitch your hammock with that 30 to 45 degree sag in it. As a hammock with no sag can generate a shocking amount of pull when...
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    I'll second this! Although, I'll also drink a...

    I'll second this! Although, I'll also drink a peaty Islay any time of year.
  22. Oh gosh no. I don't disagree with your date...

    Oh gosh no. I don't disagree with your date estimates of the adoption of trekking poles. I grew up Nordic skiing and I'm apparently generalizing across disciplines that use poles with straps. I...
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    Personally, I'd rather have a fix that kept me...

    Personally, I'd rather have a fix that kept me from dying, not the other way around. ;-)
  24. I find this discussion interesting, in that it is...

    I find this discussion interesting, in that it is a discussion at all. It's kinda like debating whether you should wear a bicycle helmet backwards or not.

    To my knowledge, all reputable poles and...
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    It's a tool. It's not so much a trust issue as a...

    It's a tool. It's not so much a trust issue as a know it's limits and plan and use accordingly. Most things fail at some point. Most things we use, we use because they are useful. Some things I...
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