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- Jan 5, 2018 at 12:16 am #3510897
@jakuchu I think the Leopard FL’s are “ok” on low-cut trail running shoes – but the shoes need to have a little bit of body to them. I wouldn’t expect to use them well on say, Merrel Trail Gloves. However, they seem to be fine on something like my La Sportiva Ultra Raptors.
The real utility of a crampon like this, however, is for glacier travel. The Kahtoola Microspikes’ spikes are simply too short for summer glacier travel, where the soft glacial surface is often an inch or more deep before you get to ice. Microspikes, to me, are pretty limited to “snowy/icy trail hiking”.Dec 29, 2017 at 6:10 am #3509809
On my first backpacking trip with Stephanie in ‘90 on the Olympic Coast (WA) – raccoons. They unzipped an outside pocket on her pack and stole her camera.
Early 90s at a camp on the Dosewallips River, packrats stole my KFC Spork. I followed it back to its stash under a nurse log and found silverware, firestarting supplies, foil wrappers, a wilderness permit, a headlamp, and a condom wrapper.
Since then, not as much luck, disfortune, or entertainment.Dec 28, 2017 at 3:59 am #3509658
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You’re welcome. I’m excited to be working on a bunch of website updates as we turn the corner into 2018.Dec 23, 2017 at 8:05 am #3508930
regarding @kat_p who commented ^^ that kids may just have to go along for the ride:
Chase (our kid) went to a high-performing (high focus on college prep) high school – very intense environment. In the spring of 2015 (spring of his Junior year), I was immersed in a personal research project studying physiological training for backpacking and mountaineering w/Scott Johnston (Training for the New Alpinism). I spent 12-20 hours a week on this project – it was a big commitment. Most of that time was spent outside hiking and running and climbing, or weight training, collecting physiological data along the way.
So I thought of something super cool.
“Hey, Chase, I’m doing this thing. Wanna come along? Let’s homeschool it for a semester and build an education program around it.”
So I met with his counselor, math teacher, science teacher, and English teacher – and we created a killer curriculum that synthesized all of the disciplines into a single, cohesive, multi-disciplinary project where he received credit from the school (of note: this was a public high school) and we had the chance to spend a load of time together outdoors.
By then, he was dialed in for college, prepping for higher ed in music performance, so he still had to go to school for a few hours in the morning, but after his music classes were done, we often ate lunch and hit the trail for the rest of the day.
It was a splendid time with my son, and I’ll cherish that semester for as long as I live.
As a result of it, we created a calculus-based / physiologically-supported model for “trail difficulty” (hopefully we can publish this at some point!) and had a load of fun together outdoors for several months.Dec 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm #3508655
Desert Primrose – from a fall trip my wife and I took in October in Grand Staircase-Escalante.Dec 19, 2017 at 9:44 am #3508289
There’s too many to pick just one.
But there are two moments that stick:
A trip in the E. Sierra w/friends and our families on the Bishop / Treasure Lakes Pass loop;
My trip with The Girl in the ID Sawtooths.
Good stuff, fond memories, great thread! Thank you for this neat idea!Dec 17, 2017 at 4:55 am #3507913
My current anti-balling plates are DIY from milk jug plastic and cable ties. Lots of ideas for how to execute if you google something like “DIY crampon anti-balling plates.” They are a very light option as well – on the order of tenths of ounces. The disadvantage is that they aren’t durable on rock.Dec 17, 2017 at 3:32 am #3507906
Even lighter are the Petzl Leopard FL’s (13 oz), also aluminum. Otherwise the Hillsound Trail Pros are excellent with a little more secure of a binding than the Kahtoola K10’s.Dec 16, 2017 at 8:41 am #3507796
@socalpacker so great to hear from you! I hope you are recovering well. Polarized lenses + electronic screen use, I hear you. Very annoying. Polarization tech is getting better, and they are now designing around the “need” to see screens. Which is great!Dec 16, 2017 at 8:22 am #3507758
This is a great question with a simple answer:
The more solid fabric that your inner is made from, the more it will block sand and snow.
I predominantly use a Locus Khufu as a solo shelter. In conditions where I don’t expect bugs, sand, or snow, I skip the inner altogether.
If it’s bugs I’m worried about, I’ll just take a mesh inner.
If it’s blowing sand/snow, I’ve tried 1/3 / 1/2 / full inners, and will always take the full inner.
If it’s the wind you’re worried about, I’ve found the mesh to be pretty much OK.
But *blowing* sand/snow seem to be a different story, and I prefer a full fabric (no mesh) inner tent. Sand and spindrift seem to always have a way of migrating into every exposed pore, and a solid fabric seems to be the only way to keep it out.
My old mesh inner (1/2 width) weighs something like 11 oz, and my full fabric inner (2/3 width) weighs about 13.5 oz, so honestly, I just don’t worry about the “added” weight…
The only issue with the full fabric inner is that if it’s dry, windy, and warm in the desert, it’s *hot* in there. Fortunately, most of my desert trips with high prevailing winds are in the winter, so not a huge deal.
Now back to your question: how much “solid fabric” do you need?
12-16 inches seems enough to block the wind and keep “most snow/sand” out, assuming you pitch the outer to ground level. I have an inner with 16 inches of solid fabric at the base for my old MLD Supermid and it seems to be sufficient, assuming my outer is pitched flush to the ground.
It’s amazing how fine sand and snow (spindrift) can make their way into your shelter.Dec 16, 2017 at 8:10 am #3507757
@dandydan terrific! Thank you for sharing. You guys are very inspiring, and endearing!Dec 16, 2017 at 6:50 am #3507753
The Feathered Friends Epic Jackorak was the best all-around shell jacket I’ve ever used. Huge pit zips, nice pockets, great hood, long hem, terrific wind shirt fabric (Nextec Epic). “Heavy” at 8 oz or so but my goodness, that was one of the few jackets I actually wore out. The nearly-perfect mountain shell.Dec 16, 2017 at 6:50 am #3507754
The Feathered Friends Epic Jackorak was the best all-around shell jacket I’ve ever used. Huge pit zips, nice pockets, great hood, long hem, terrific wind shirt fabric (Nextec Epic). “Heavy” at 8 oz or so but my goodness, that was one of the few jackets I actually wore out. The nearly-perfect mountain shell.Dec 16, 2017 at 6:05 am #3507751
+1 on arriving a day early. And congrats! It will be a memorable experience for you all. It remains one of the most impactive experiences I’ve ever had in Scouting.
They (“the moderators”) are going to hassle you about pack weight if you try to go “ultralight” but don’t sweat it. Carry the extra ounces and enjoy the experience. It’s an amazing place!Dec 16, 2017 at 5:33 am #3507746
I think there’s some merit to storing the filter with a full bottle filled with (chlorinated) tap water / water with a few drops of bleach.
If you store the filter “dry”(ish) what may happen is that you get a wet filter element, that contains some bacteria on it, and a damp, highly oxygenated environment (oxygenated due to the high air:moisture ratio). This causes rapid growth of bacteria into a “film” (biofilm). When bacteria “go into this type of growth mode” they exude copious amounts of sticky polymer-like crud that then plugs up the filter pores.
I haven’t seen this in the BeFree specifically, but have seen this exact thing happen in microporous ceramic elements on a consistent basis, back when I was doing this research at a university in the late 90s and early 00s. I’ve seen it so often that I’m willing to wager that biofilm growth on filter elements is as much of a culprit for filter failure as actual clogging by silt. Silt can be backflushed. Biofilm can’t. You gotta stop biofilm from growing or you’re toast.
Store your filter in a solution of chlorinated water, and you might be surprised about how it performs more consistently.
A good combination of water treatment is using some type of chemical treatment in the dirty water side of the bottle in addition to filtering. I recommend this in particular for immune-compromised people, and this strategy results in increased filter life, “generally”.Dec 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm #3507660
This has finally been resolved, and the fix has been installed on the live site. Thanks for bringing this to our attention @ekralcb.Dec 13, 2017 at 3:15 am #3507184
My personal experience with the newest production versions of the Kahtoola Microspikes is that their durability is VASTLY improved. My current pair of Kahtoolas has more than 600 miles on them now. My pre-2015 pairs barely survived 150 miles without ripping out (chain-rubber connection as mentioned previously).
Regarding migration, most of the people I’ve met who complain about them migrating either sized them wrong or had unrealistic expectations about how they would perform. If you are carrying a heavy pack on steep, icy terrain / sidehilling / running fast on rough trails – even a well-fitting trail crampon like this will migrate. (And this is where the instep strap on the Hillsounds comes into play – but if you can DIY, you can easily add your own to your Kahtoolas and still end up with something lighter than the Hillsounds).
I have some more thoughts about Kahtoolas vs. Hillsounds in the ’17 holiday gear guide but those comments are focused more on performance / weight considerations. I’ve had zero issues with either brand over the past two winters (this one included), and my wife and I are in them hiking and running nearly every winter day, which for us living at high elevations in WY and MT, is a long season!Dec 13, 2017 at 12:53 am #3507172
@ralphbge – In November 2015 when we moved to the new server, our pre-migration content load times for Recent Forum Posts averaged about 3.5 seconds, and our post-migration content load times varied wildly between 9 and 18 seconds on average. Since then, we’ve made a variety of changes to crawl back, including moving to a new server platform with a different company, and rebuilding code so that content loaded quickly and non-reader-critical things like ad serving were delayed until the content showed up for you.
In July 2017 content load times for the Recent Forum Posts pages were running a little less than 4 seconds on average in the US. Right now our averages (Chrome) are less than 3.5 seconds, and if you’re close to a cached copy (we’ve installed a CDN since then), you’re looking at 1.0 to 1.5 seconds on average.
Once the forum query rewrites are installed with the upgrade to BPL-v4c, we’ll continue to see improvement here.Dec 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm #3506892
We do have caching in place for non-logged in users, that is intentional.
However, forum updates should never be cached for logged in users. This was one of the issues that we had resolved back in July. However, it’s back again, in response to an update by our server host installed two weeks ago.
Specifically, I’d like to understand if anyone else is having caching problems while logged in. Logged in members should always see the site in real time.Dec 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm #3506526
Nick (@ngatel) – which reports are you referring to? I need to check them against our update timeline. I’m not aware of anything recent.Dec 9, 2017 at 6:56 am #3506505
We have now closed responses on this survey, and received a little more than 500 responses. I just wanted to post a brief summary of responses from the primary question asked in the survey, as an FYI.
I’m going to go ahead and open up this thread to comments.
However, please understand that there are a lot of stakeholders here and a lot of controversies. Please be sensitive and careful when you weigh in on this issue in a public forum.
I’m OK with hot debates of sensitive issues, but please focus on the issues – I’m not OK if you start personally attacking each other and fracturing our community, and in this case, posts will be moderated accordingly.Dec 9, 2017 at 6:27 am #3506498
This feature request has been accepted and will be released in the next update: BPL-v4c.Dec 9, 2017 at 6:25 am #3506495
This feature request has been adopted at BPLTrac, so closing this thread accordingly.Dec 9, 2017 at 6:23 am #3506493