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9/6/10 9:00 P

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Nice to hear that it worked out for you! Those luxuries probably made for a pleasant trip...

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9/6/10 6:14 P

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New Back pack worked as good if not better. They've changed a few things with the model I own, but you can count on Gregory. We basecamped about 4 miles in and day hiked around from there. It carried 47Lbs, Yes thats about 15 more than usual. It was a short hike in so we took some extra comfort items. Had a good time. Clear but chilly.

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9/4/10 2:29 P

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Have had similar experience w/ REI (tents and shoes, not backpacks...) and you are right, they are wonderful about taking stuff back and replacing them.

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BBRIGGS1's Photo BBRIGGS1 Posts: 530
9/2/10 3:38 P

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Again can't say enough good things about REI. On a trail maintenance trip two weeks ago one that was packer supported. The packer and horses didn't show for the trip out. As you can imagine everyone brings a little extra so when I went to boost my pack onto my back the top of my shoulder straps made a little popping noise and the stitching was starting to unravel. Dang all that extra gear and tools we had to share. It made it out but starting to give up the ghost by the time we made the 5.5 miles out.
I weighed my pack upon my return and without the forest services extra gear I had 55 lbs on my pack. So I checked the manufactures reccomdations and it said comfort rating 45lbs. well it was still comfortable albeit heavy with the extra weight it just didn't handle it as well as it could have or should have for the money spent.
REI took it back at just over a year old and some mileage. No questions asked. Needless to say I tried to replace it with the same pack but this years is slightly different hope I like it as well.
I hope Gregory reads their customer feedback because the Z-65 is the best pack I've ever owned. I usually never make it over 40lbs and it's not the packs fault that I tied and shoved into their pack enough to pop the straps.
I'm just going for three days with the wife this weekend and I'm sure this pack will do just fine.

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9/2/10 2:30 P

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I can't say enough about wearing bug proof clothing if you're in areas where insects are problematic. I purchased an Elite Edition Bug Shirt from www.bugshirt.com and I'm overjoyed with it. I no longer have to slime myself with bug spray when going on hikes in buggy areas. Worth every penny.

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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,554
6/27/10 12:33 P

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You can always take your boots off for those stream crossings, if if's too deep, if you need something to protect your feet you can bring a lightweight pair of sandals (like Teva's) for stream crossings.

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6/22/10 5:46 P

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I agree. It's a great place to shop.

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6/22/10 11:56 A

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The following is fun, it's get you to a bunch of my favorites:
www.cleansnipe.com/

It really depends on your feet. Do you have wide feet or narrow?

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6/21/10 10:03 A

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Are there any water/hiking shoes out there that offer good ankle support? I noticed that my hiking shoes were filling up with water this weekend.

Also what are some good websites that have discounted gear/outdoor clothing? Thanks!!

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6/21/10 10:01 A

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I wear the lace up, manly looking, hiking boots because they offer great ankle support. I like them too because they are made out of light weight material and are waterproof. I've seen these tennis shoe looking hiking shoes too which would be great for shorter hikes. I do love that ankle support though!!

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6/17/10 6:05 P

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Kayotic has great suggestions. I agree, whatever makes your feet happy and that the trail you're on can handle. With skinny feet, you might want to look at the Merrell Ventilators. They make them in both a trail runner (low top) and a boot (high top). My daughter has very narrow feet that can be difficult to fit, and these fit like a glove. She did 8 miles the first day she wore them and her feet were completely happy.

Edited by: CALGALFOX at: 6/17/2010 (18:06)
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6/11/10 5:50 P

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I think you should wear whatever boot works best for you, be it a lace up hiking boot, or a trail runner (my shoe of choice for hiking these days...)

I usually shop REI, but others go to Big 5, or even WalMart. Check online too, or if you have a local outdoor type store. I can't give you any advice about the narrow foot, as mine is rather on the wide side!

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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6/10/10 12:05 P

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I'm trying to get back into hiking (haven't really since middle school) And apparently the lace up boots I used to wear are out of fashion. The ones with ankle support and fast lace hooks after the loops seem to only be for men now. Does anyone still use/like them and know a good place to get women's sizes? (I have a fairly narrow foot) What other types of shoes do people wear for hiking - I've seen some in outdoor lifestyle catalogs but I don't know what type of shoe is for what type of hiking.

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KAYOTIC's Photo KAYOTIC Posts: 12,554
6/5/10 12:17 P

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I've seen people at the gym in those Vibrams...I don't think they'd work for me, or my misshapen feet!

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6/4/10 1:06 A

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Carol, No tracks going north yet. The TH I used is the access for the south ridge approach of Mt. Jefferson climbs. I saw some footprints going that way as I couldn't get very far going either direction. A couple more weeks and I'll be brushing and scouting.

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6/3/10 9:04 P

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CARAISLA - buffwear looks really nice!

Many people on that part of the Pacific Crest trail?

I got my new Keen's today - woo hoo! www.rei.com/product/772566

Also, bought the Vibram Five Fingers www.rei.com/product/798168
They don't weigh hardly anything and they are my back up plan for new boots and blisters. (Okay, they are really UGLY...but I wore them when I blistered on my last hike (only did 5 miles in them) and they were fine.

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6/3/10 1:11 A

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Going to see how close I can get to the Pacific Crest trail on the west flank of MT. Jefferson tomorrow. Do a little scouting.

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6/2/10 10:14 P

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I don't have a polar buff, but I'll second the recommendation on the buff, love mine! (got it in the sale bin at REI...)

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6/2/10 2:47 P

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I cant live without my buff or my polar buff

https://www.buffwear.co.uk/catalogue
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Or my omm rucksacks

www.theomm.com/


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thedodgyknee.blogspot.com/


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5/31/10 11:45 P

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Wow, great thread guys! The only thing I can add is that I made a RayWay tarp-tent, and carry it with me on day hikes also. Easy to make, tiny to carry.
www.rayjardine.com/
Thanks also for the tutorial on adding links!

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5/31/10 9:35 P

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Carol, My apologies. I transcribed the site wrong. It is ultralightdesigns.com. Sorry about the mix up.

Just got back from a tame hike around Silver Creek Falls today. Only seven miles but some good ups and downs and a little rain. My DW's best friends husband is traveling from fort Irwin to fort Lewis this week and she wanted to see the falls so we went. Have fun.

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5/31/10 5:54 P

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Is there a different spelling to the ultralitedesigns? I come up with a furniture place - LOL

I like questoutfitters, thanks!

Edited by: CALGALFOX at: 5/31/2010 (18:40)
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5/29/10 10:16 A

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Lot's of "food for thought" so to speak! I don't have any recommendations I can think of at the moment, but I do love my Big Agnes bag for car camping (the sleeping pad slips into the bag, no slipping off!)

I agree about the shoes, most comfortable shoes I've found are my Solomon trail runners, I have a pair that are full gortex for rainy/wet outings and a lighter pair for when it's clear and dry (which I imagine will happen again some day!)

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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5/25/10 7:20 P

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They make bug repellent bandanas that help, too...but as we well know, when there are swarms you deal. I had to laugh on our last trip I saw a post that it was buggy. We went and were amazed that there were no bug issues as far as we were concerned.

That packitgourmet site has garbanzo beans - yay, thanks!

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5/24/10 2:40 P

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Thanks for the course I have written it down, yes like the dino that I am and will give it a try. I have an ex- officio shirt that I bought on sale last fall and have been hiding it in the closet so as not to wear to much and can't wait to give it a try. About the only thing that works up here early season is the greasy type DEET repellant and I don't much care for it. If they're really hungry they kind of hover and then go for it and dive bomb their way thru the smell of the newer veggie based repellants.

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5/24/10 2:18 P

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Oooh, thanks! I'll take a look at it. When you are typing in the message box (like I am doing right now), there is a button between "Spell Check" and "Add an Emoticon" that is the "Add a Link" button. I leave this site up, grab another window and type in the site address, copy it, push the add a link button, paste the site and wah-la it's there. ...of course, your way works just fine, so whatever.

I'm a gear junkie too! This last trip was pretty funny because we have all this ultra-light, super wicky no sticky kind of clothing too. The bug repellent built in...you know the stuff. It was really, really great! I LOVE great gear!

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5/24/10 12:24 P

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Carol I really like the food site you gave as I like to make my own stuff. Here is another that I forgot about, packitgourmet. They have meals as well as individual items and are organic.

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5/24/10 11:55 A

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Hi everone, I wish I was as computer savvy as Carol. I don't know how to give links but I do know some good sites. If you can't find what you want you can usually get there bystarting with one of these websites.
ALDHAwest
AGG anti gravity gear
backpackinglite.com
geartrade
going gear
golite.com
hikelite.com
bplite.com
minimus
mcnett.com
basegear.com
questoutfitters
railriders
rei
steepandcheap and their other site cleansnipe
ultralitedesigns
wisementrading
I hope I didn't overload you and again I apologize for not giving links maybe one day I will learn how. If there are any other good sites out there please let me know as I am a bit of a gear junkie. Thanks.

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5/24/10 10:32 A

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My backpack (GoLite Quest) is an ultra-light and is on sale for under a hundred dollars. www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/GOL0
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I would also recommend watching steep and cheap. www.steepandcheap.com/

I think the most important piece of gear of all, are the shoes on your feet. If your feet aren't happy, you won't be happy. So if you are on a limited budget, get a proper fit on shoes before any other gear.

Oh, favorite food purchase site. ...okay, this site may be a bit much for some people, but the food is well priced. I buy bulk veggies, meat and fruits, then make up my own meals. This way I know exactly what is going into them and there are no chemicals or preservatives. survivalacres.com/cgi-bin/quikstore.
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Edited by: CALGALFOX at: 5/24/2010 (10:48)
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Barbara was asking for gear recommendations, so I thought having a sticky thread for awhile might be a helpful idea.

Let's post gear suggestions and stores to get them at.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!”
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