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  1. Jorts

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    So Sawyer should be fine for just the 2 of us, I presume?
     
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  2. colonelrascals

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    yes. gravity fed is super nice if you aren't moving for a few days, but if your waking up and moving campsites everyday its a pain
     
  3. TAS

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    :respek:
     
  4. Jorts

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    Appreciate it. I'll invest elsewhere
     
  5. HOOSINSC

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    I've gotta get a pair of hiking boots/shoes for my daughter. something a little more rugged than her tennis shoes. the options are pretty bad locally. nothing but boys stuff.

    any recs colonelrascals
     
  6. Jorts

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    How old & what will she be doing mostly? Could get away with trailrunners... These are all good options. My wife went with the Saucony's as the Brooks & Salomon ran narrow

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  7. HOOSINSC

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    she is almost 7. we don't take too many hard trails, but she toughed it out on a 3.5 mile loop that rose and descended a good bit. so comfort will be main goal, then price since she will probably be lucky to get a season of use out of them.


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  8. Jorts

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    She should be fine with trailrunners. Check out REI Outlet, since she'll probably grow out of them in 6 months.

    http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?q=...r=q:trailrunners&rank=rank_outlet&outlet=true

    Pearls, Altras, Salomon, Hoka One... lots of good options for her there
     
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  10. Jorts

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    REI outlet has extra 25% off thru 11/4 using Code: OUTNOV15
     
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  11. HOOSINSC

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    what all is an extra 25% off?
     
  12. Jorts

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    Yeah. I didn't see it stipulate "Coop Members only," so you should get extra 25% off one Outlet item.
     
  13. UrsaGrande

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    Pocket rocket was great for me in the backcountry this summer. Also the Sawyer mini mentioned in the thread, buy an extra platypus or two and you can rig a gravity system if that's your thing.
     
  14. Jorts

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    Figured I'd share this here... I picked up Cascade Mountain Tech Treking poles, based on several reviews I've seen. They are carbon fiber, have sturdy quick-locks & are priced $50-$80 less than comparable models.

    I highly recommend them, if you're in need of a set... Here's one of the reviews & like to their site in case you are interested.

    Review:
    http://andrewskurka.com/2015/cascade-mountain-tech-quick-lock-trekking-poles-review/

    Product Link:
    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/mobile/Product.aspx?id=398
     
  15. UrsaGrande

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    I picked some up at Costco last spring and they survived a few trips. Not bad for $30.
     
  16. TAS

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    I think this was discussed in the last thread, but has anyone hiked Iceland? Looking at the 4 day Laugavegur Trek.
     
  17. Doc Louis

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    No, had read an article where they're looking into options to keep the parks etc. nice since too many tourists are starting to ruin some of it.


    colonelrascals or anyone else had any experience with the bigagnes line of tents/gear?
     
  18. Jorts

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    Have a Big Agnes Copperspur UL3 & love it. No complaints at all.

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  19. colonelrascals

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    I'ts love/hate with bigagnes. quality stuff, just not for me.

    I also fucking hate their stupid sleep system deal
     
  20. TAS

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    Yo I'm trying to plan a trip to Denali for September 2016. 7-10 day trip from Houston. Open to pretty much anything (other than a summit, which I'm probably not able to do and I don't think is possible that time of year).

    Any tips on where I should start?
     
  21. Jorts

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    Doing a weekend trip at FDR State Park In GA to test our cold weather gear.
     
  22. blotter

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    I want to do a hike from nov-feb somewhere, not sure where obviously in the southern hemisphere

    if not this year definitely next. might just thru hike the PCT come 2017 though
     
  23. Jorts

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    Trip was fucking amazing...

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    And one the wife went filter crazy, as I stand atop FDR's grill

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  24. colonelrascals

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    I'm super late, but I'm a La Sportiva fan boy. I particularly like the helios sr
     
  25. Buenos Nachos

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    Anyone here backpack Isle Royale? Considering planning a trip with my brother - likely the Greenstone Ridge Trail.
     
  26. Fargin' Icehole

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    Really good sales going on from the major sites right now purging winter gear. Picked up an Arc'teryx down jacket for 50% off from Moosejaw. Click the "extra 20%" at the top of the page to get just that off the already on sale price.

    Anybody have Arc'teryx gear? This is my 1st thing from them.
     
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  27. Iron Mickey

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  28. TYdeFan05

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    I have a lot of their stuff but it's mainly from the LEAF collection. For jackets there's none better and I've got two closets full of brands I've tried. Same for some of their other outerwear if it fits your needs. For smaller gear like gloves, gaiters etc I still prefer Outdoor Research. For packs there are better options that are made in the US but if one of theirs suits your needs I wouldn't hesitate to buy.

    Edit to add: the arcteryx alpha LEAF edition is my single favorite piece of gear ever. I've got it in crocodile and grey and will probably get the black soon. It's a bit too warm for the summer months imo but if the house was on fire that's the jacket I'd save.
     
  29. Fargin' Icehole

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    I got the Thorium SV for a lightweight compressible down. Got caught in a blast of winter on my last fall trek and needed a little more beef. A buddy I was with had one of their packs and I really liked it. I don't need a new pack but I loved the simplicity of it. So few straps and extra shit. It was so streamlined. If I needed a new pack I'd definitely look there 1st.
     
  30. Fargin' Icehole

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    Just looked at the LEAF shit. Damn.
     
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  31. TYdeFan05

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    It's either for you or it's not. I like the colors they use rather than the crazy stuff they do with colors on the commercial line. It's boring to most people.
     
  32. Fargin' Icehole

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    I do like the bright stuff just because I'm thinking about if a helicopter needs to spot me... Complete opposite from my daily shit. I dress like a communist off the mountain.
     
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  33. UrsaGrande

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    Scored a permit for the JMT in late July/early August. Now begins the quest to lower my base weight.
     
  34. Fargin' Icehole

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    Anybody have experience in Baxter State Park in ME or the White mtns in NH? Planning a trip and Portland is the best airport for me to get into. I'll pay for Bangor if the Baxter area is that much better.
     
  35. i am a bammer

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    2 person/3 season backpacking tent recommendations for ~$200 please
     
  36. Fargin' Icehole

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    colonelrascals knows his shite.
     
  37. Jorts

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    REI Half Dome 2 / 2 Plus
     
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  38. racer

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    That is the answer.

    The marmot tungsten 2 is the other I like at that price. It's a bit smaller and I think the half dome is easier to set up.
     
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  39. Jorts

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    Included the 2, as budget was a factor & you can currently get it for $70 less than the Plus
     
  40. DexterRutecki

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    Where are you coming from? I live in Portland and grew up 30 minutes from here. Depending on what you are looking for- take Baxter. There will be people up there on Katahdin and hiking Katahdin is a must, but the surrounding area is awesome and desolate. Baxter is huge and remote. The Whites, especially in high time, will be full of day hikers.

    For what it's worth, I would still fly into Portland for Baxter. Portland is an awesome city If you haven't been before.

    Let me know if you have specific questions.
     
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  41. Fargin' Icehole

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    Awesome. Flying from Norfolk VA. The remoteness of Baxter is why were leaning that way. The fewer people we see the better.

    I do want to see Portland even if it's just for the beer but driving 5 hours after flying is a bit much. It will be a short trip, 4 nights or so. I thought about flying into Bangor and then departing from Portland. Will have to play with it and see the prices.

    The White Mtns seem easy to get to and I was impressed with the elevation.

    We plan on going early spring, as early as the snow will let us. We hike out west so we have cold weather gear. I'd rather be in the snow a bit with no other people around then be crowded in the mud.

    Appreciate any recs or tips you have
     
  42. DexterRutecki

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    Katahdin is a must hike and staying at Chimney Pond is the best bet. I also like the Davis Pond lean-to and Wassataquoik Stream lean-to's. A lot of your hikes depend on how hard you want to push it but if you want to enjoy your time it could be fun to do Katahdin one day. Hike Hamlin Peak by North Basin-Hamlin Ridge-Northwest Basin down to the Davis Pond lean-to for a day. Then hike over to Wassataquoik Island lean-to or Wassataquoik Stream lean-to's for a day and then bounce down to Portland for a night.

    That would be a pretty good couple days in Baxter for a rookie trip and wouldn't be too much of a push. It would provide plenty of relaxing time.
     
  43. Fargin' Icehole

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    That's a 5 hour drive from Portland correct?
     
  44. DexterRutecki

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    I would go with 4 but it is an easy 4. No traffic and pretty much a straight shot.
     
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  45. Fargin' Icehole

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    When is the earliest you can hike the Baxter area without using leathers?
     
  46. Cornelius Suttree

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    I have pretty much been spending every spare moment I have had over the past four months in the mountains

    considering it's been winter I'm fairly proud of myself for getting out like I have. Can't wait for spring/summer to really get here so I can start making some longer trips

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  47. DexterRutecki

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    Hard to say with the winter (or lack thereof) that we have had.
     
  48. Fargin' Icehole

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    Right on. We want to go as early as possible when the trails are passable. Not afraid of the cold but want to be able to get to where we want to go.
     
  49. racer

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    Got my first pair of chacos. Z1. Getting them adjusted, but I'm noticing on my right foot I keep stepping on the outside edge/strap anchor with my heel. Any tips on how to adjust for that? Does anyone cut the stitching to let the ankle part of the strap slide through the guides and adjust more freely?