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Mar 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm #1425035
What a moving tribute/eulogy.
I am truly sorry for your loss.
I expect there are many people who will miss John.
He sounds like someone I would have very much enjoyed knowing.
Here is a Native American Poem which gives me comfort:
I give you this one thought to keep –
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone –
I am with you still in each new dawn.
AlanJan 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm #1415064Jan 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm #1414783
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Interesting and well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed your article.
Merino wool: I find that when it is raining or snowing and I sweat that wool continues to keep me warm when wet. Yes, it takes longer to dry but no synthetic keeps me as warm as wool when wetted out . The closest is Under Armour-UA-(despite being used by professional athletes in the US it is good stuff). UA stinks after a few hours as do all other synthetics……
Wool is the only layer I can wear and still sleep with my wife………..another story entirely…..but she has a very discriminating nose……….
Perhaps you guys didn't cuddle so successfully when sleeping because you were inhibited by your "aromas." Just kidding……..Jan 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm #1414762
Couldn't get the merino at my Walmart but LLBean has its Freeport Sweaters (80%lambswool/20%nylon-machine washable) on sale for 19.95………not on their website-only in the catalogue: codeVG50945–no I don't work or own stock for LLBean………just trying to help out anyone who wants a good deal…….I bought twoJan 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm #1414761
excellent additions to my list…….thanks
Baking soda: don't leave home without it :-)……Jan 1, 2008 at 9:48 am #1414418
I checked my Walmart and they didn't have any.
I am in Maine……..where in New England did you find a Walmart with them?
ASep 30, 2007 at 2:51 pm #1404103
No real advice……….
I would love to do something like that with my wife.
We have been married over 25 years but have different ideas about outdoor pursuits……..and as we age together I find I want to spend less and less time away from her-which means fewer extended outings in the backcountry…
Oh well, I am still working on her.
I agree with those who said, carpe wifem: do whatever she wants……
but why does she want to do the PCT and not the AT?Sep 24, 2007 at 11:44 pm #1403473
First things first, I suggest everyone keep a micropur tab in your wallet..
please see my earlier postSep 23, 2007 at 2:54 pm #1403268
I think there should be no blame and we cannot know for sure what transpired. Newspaper reports are sometimes inaccurate.
Bearpaw's point I think was the essential point about survival and drinking untreated water. Obviously polluted water avoid (duh!) but the incubation time for water borne illnesses in the bc is 7-10 days………so it doesn't make sense to avoid drinking untreated water. Simple arithmetic. That is why I don't consider water treatment in my survival kit………to survive a few days I won't worry about the risk of water borne illnesses….
As far as other points, as to what to bring on a day hike and how to be prepared: that is open to discussion without any blame. We can all learn…….
In medicine we have morbidity and mortality conferences to learn how to do things better. This is sort of the equivalent……….Sep 9, 2007 at 6:24 pm #1401644
where does one get the mesh replacement stuff?
I don't recognize what it is a replacement for…Aug 5, 2007 at 4:12 pm #1397486
Your points about Patagucci are well taken:
"Just a few remarks to Alan's post regarding Patagonia. The price of their products is directly related to their materials and production methods. There is also a correlation between their prices and the philosophy of the company, which is to make the most durable product that has the least amount of environmental impact, manufactured in the most responsible manner. With these goals comes a high price tag."
And the analogy to organic foods as well.
My only point is that I prefer organic foods not only because of the impact on the environment but because they taste better. I am fortunate enough to live in a rural environment and fresh organic produce just plain tastes better. Same with organic, locally produced breads and beers………
I just don't like the Patagucci line of clothing. Just doesn't work for me.
And what about gear that isn't manufactured in sweat shops?
We have a local gear outfitter who only sells gear which is not made in sweat shops…….Patagucci qualifies for this as well (another reason to respect them).
to recap: buying Patagucci would be like buying local produce which was organic but that didn't taste good…..
AAug 3, 2007 at 12:27 pm #1397338
I find it fascinating that those us who are invested in being outdoors and enjoying the backcountry would not be interested in being greener. I for one applaud Patagucci's attempts. I don't think their gear is all that special and def not worth the high prices. I don't own any of their stuff and won't pay for it. But that is me. I do, however, respect their environmental attitude.
I find the degredation of the environment by Everest climbers awful-the litter and waste is disgusting. So being green is important to me.
Finally, I think the greatest hope for the environment is having nice green landscape at everyone's "backdoor." That way people would have the opportunity to enjoy the environment and not spoil it by littering, etc. I love being able to do all my daily activities right out my front door in all four seasons…….
So, I would use slightly heavier gear if made in a greener fashion.Jul 21, 2007 at 4:25 am #1396115
All you gear fanatics and tech wizards?
No info on the science of microns in wool?
and wool weight per yard as advertized with icebreaker? (should be called "bankbreaker"- ain't cheap)…….
I know YMMV, etc. but what do most people use for long sleeve wool gear for above 80 degrees and humid.
I have an inexpensive wool sweater that use that is OK til the mid 70 deg F range or so but I used it in the rain recently and it was amazingly comfortable……wool is really great when it is wet……it just doesn't dry out that quickly but insulates the best of anything when still wet IMHO…….
so I am looking for a warm weather setup with long sleeves and a zipper which won't break the bank……..
and perhaps some durability……..
aJul 14, 2007 at 3:18 am #1395377
so is micron size like 900 vs 800 down-how warm the bag is depends not only on quality of down but then how much?
i.e. how fine the weave 17.5 is finer than 18.5 but then the weight of the fabric will tell how warm it will make you feel?Jul 5, 2007 at 5:42 am #1394416
good question about the nimblewood nomad:
1. a flat stove is more easity packed in your pack and less likely to get damaged. Many of UL stoves need to be housed in a pot for protection in the pack. NN stove doesn't need that…….
2.I have used one and it is quite durable…….
For a one person stove you probably need only a mesh stove the size of a a soup can?
I am excited to see you your stove works with the supports.
AJul 4, 2007 at 2:59 pm #1394385
does it have tie outs to make it a tar?
in the picture it doesn't look like it doesJul 4, 2007 at 2:54 pm #1394384
I really like the idea and your creativity……….
Have you tried to make the nimblewood nomad collapsable stove? Slightly smaller than the original design and made out of titanium and it would be ideal in my book for the ultralight backpacker:
Still, this mesh idea is cool also………
I just love burning wood when camping…….Jun 5, 2007 at 6:12 pm #1391297
guess it is me………..or my internet connection.
I have DSL and other websites are MUCH faster……..
dunno………Apr 22, 2007 at 7:10 am #1386926
I have an idea for an eastern backcountry ski pack……
Basically I love my BCA pack but would change two things:
the bladder hose compartment to be able to keep the hose from freezing in our eastern winters
I see from your website that you were in Dextuh Maine doing work on the AT……….
You should come to school here in the East……
Anyway, love to talk with you about my ideas
aApr 22, 2007 at 4:50 am #1386922
wife says: "you wanna go on that trip, fine – i don't care; do whatever you f'ing want"
lol…….I definitely can relate to that situation and comment…….though by your definition-unsupported becomes not taken………;-0
I am still laughing………great one…….
BTW-not to hijack but the arctic 1000 – is there a webpage for this unsupported hike, which I thought meant carry all your needs from start to finish without any resupplies or help…….Apr 21, 2007 at 11:27 am #1386864
This is meant as gently provocative:
Does this mean that UL or SUL involves not having enough comfortable gear and then using meds (with definite and possible side-effects) to be able to sleep? I guess a few Tylenol PM or straight Benadryl is lighter than a comfy sleep pad…………and warm enough gear………
And does one need ibuprofen (generic for Advil) because one has hiked too much?
I am actually surprised at how many people take sleep aides or routine analgesics/anti-inflammatories while in the woods/hiking/bping……….seems somewhat antithetical to me…….I would've thought tree-hugging and natural lifestyles would go hand in hand :-)..
I avoid all meds at almost all costs………I do carry emergency supplies of meds but only use them for serious needs……..
The advice for sleep apnea: unless one has daytime sleepiness (i.e. falls asleep during the day at unwanted periods) the probability of sleep apnea is small. Yes, there is an epidemic of sleep apnea in this country (mostly related to the epidemic of obesity)……..and yes sleep apnea has serious health sequelae…..I would think that UL and SUL backpackers would not have that problem.
Disclaimer: these are my humble opinions. I was just surprised by the responses…….Apr 21, 2007 at 10:57 am #1386859
basically Cat said it all……
cousous only needs 5 minutes with boiled water and a closed container…….so you don't need any "prepared" couscous mixes…..
also, I didn't see in cat's note but could've missed instant oatmeal-can actually be eaten dry or just with any temp water……..
finally, Coup from GoLite fame did an unaided trek and ate dried fruit and nuts……..some of the dried fruit spoiled but the nuts did well and are calorie dense (energy rich-lots of calories per weight)…..and provide with grains a complete protein…….
In short, with the instant hummus, black bean mix, nuts and couscous, oatmeal and instant rice (blehh-I don't care for this) one can have a hearty vegan trail menu…….soy milk powder can also be carried……..
HTHJan 28, 2006 at 11:05 am #1349478
The list looks good.
I have two questions:
1. Why do people bring a sit pad?
I sit on my pack and use my skis (you can use your snowshoes) as a back rest.
2. I can’t decide whether a UL sleeping bag (1lb) 40 deg or so or insulated pants make more sense–the former gives you more warmth in case of forced bivy but the latter helps for a rest stop……the sleeping bag is lighter than my pants–patagucci polarguard ones…….Nov 8, 2005 at 6:28 am #1344613
At the risk of being flamed:
I think the contributors are great.
The articles are fantastic.
The fora are helpful.
I find the graphics and layout here sometimes hard to navigate. There is too much “stuff” on the home page or front page for my tastes.
that said, I just renewed my subscription so overall I am very content.Nov 7, 2005 at 4:33 am #1344506
Always wanted to do that trip!!
Jon Tierney from AMGA live just down the block from me…….
Bill, did you do that trip?
Having never done a trip in the West..do people think the gear would be different from that needed in NE?