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by Mags
Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: BACKPACKS
Topic: What Backpack are you hiking with?
Replies: 25
Views: 21222

Re: What Backpack are you hiking with?

When I was on the Colorado Trail in 2004, I was climbing up to the point where the CT and the CDT split for the last time (going south). I see this gentleman who looked like he stepped out of a Bean catalog: Large Dana-designs type pack, huge leather waffle stompers, "real" hiker clothing, etc. Then...
by Mags
Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Just For The Fun Of It
Topic: Luxury Items for short hikes !
Replies: 33
Views: 9401

Re: Luxury Items for short hikes !

Other items I like to bring on social backpacks are food related as well. Fresh veggies do wonders to making an otherwise bland backpacking meal zing that much more! One time, a few years ago, I brought in marinated steak, mushrooms and onions for a trip to Mt. Liberty in New Hampshire. I also packe...
by Mags
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: Zen and the art of lightweight backpacking
Topic: if weight was less of an issue...
Replies: 37
Views: 28188

Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Part of the reason why I go lightweight is simplicity. Complex equipment, besides being heavy, is not simple. By going simple, I am able to enjoy and experience the woods, mountains and streams more. There is more emphasis on enjoying what is around me and less time spent worrying about gear. So, if...
by Mags
Fri May 30, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: Just For The Fun Of It
Topic: Luxury Items for short hikes !
Replies: 33
Views: 9401

Re: Luxury Items for short hikes !

Wine, of course. :)

My buddy NAhum is drinking from the vino I packed in for our Wind River trip last year.

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by Mags
Fri May 30, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: Stove Testing and Reviews
Topic: Using HEET for testing
Replies: 41
Views: 12816

Re: Using HEET for testing

I've seen this suggested before, but I won't do it. I prefer to use denatured alcohol even though it's not as consistent. It's cheaper, it's available in larger quantities and it's much more likely to be used by hikers. It is cheaper and available in large quantities. But I think HEET is use more o...
by Mags
Fri May 30, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: Amazing Photos
Topic: What I did over Mem Day weekend...
Replies: 4
Views: 2315

Re: What I did over Mem Day weekend...

Thanks for the kind words. I am pretty pleased how that photo came out indeed. The LCW is a very unique area. The red rock formations, the wide open plateaus and views are awesome. And because the peaks are "only" 12k feet, *NO ONE* goes there. I plan on going there the next two weekends. It is my f...
by Mags
Thu May 29, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: Amazing Photos
Topic: What I did over Mem Day weekend...
Replies: 4
Views: 2315

What I did over Mem Day weekend...

Backpack of course! :) I did not get the trip I quite wanted (stupid work commitments..grrr), but I did get a wonderful 2 day trip into the Lost Creek WIlderness. I took this photo at 11500'+ among the red rocks of the Mt. Bison plateau. Here, I am looking at the snow covered Pikes Peak in the dista...
by Mags
Thu May 29, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Favorite Links
Topic: Alternative Gear
Replies: 2
Views: 2188

Re: Alternative Gear

Something I wrote for my backpacking primer: Quality Gear on the Cheap: If you read those glossy outdoor magazines, you'd think you need a $300 pack, a $300 shell and $300 fleece. You do not need expensive gear to enjoy backpacking. Often the brand name, besides being expensive is heavy, bulky and o...
by Mags
Thu May 29, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: BACKPACKS
Topic: What Backpack are you hiking with?
Replies: 25
Views: 21222

Re: What Backpack are you hiking with?

Six Moon Designs Essence (new version). I used the old version on the CDT. IT is not a pack for those who beat on their gear (like me! :D) The new version is a bit more sturdy (if a slight weight penalty). I've used it a fair amount and have been happy with it. People give me odd looks on the trails...
by Mags
Thu May 29, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Stove Testing and Reviews
Topic: Using HEET for testing
Replies: 41
Views: 12816

Re: Using HEET for testing

The advantage of using HEET for tests is that most long distance hikers use this for their fuel supply of choice.

A test using HEET would best reflect real world conditions of how these stoves are used IMO.