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    Last 3 sleeping bags western mountaineering vs stone glacier

    Those 3 bags are all good ones but have some marked differences. The REI bag is much closer to a true mummy shape. Very efficient to heat but has the least amount of room within. REI doesn't provide actual loft measurements. Water-resistant down is claimed. Imported. The WM Badger is the...
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    What pad on thermarest cot?

    I would encourage you to first know what temps you'll be sleeping in, and consider the temperature rating of your sleeping bag. Any pad you select should first and foremost have an appropriate R value for your climate needs. As for size of pad.... After figuring out the R value you need, trying...
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    Last 3 sleeping bags western mountaineering vs stone glacier

    I wondered if anyone would mention the WM Sequoia, and specifically the GWS version. Years ago I sold every down bag I owned and dumped the money into a new Sequoia GWS with overfill. At the time WM added enough ounces of down to bring the temp rating to zero per their eval. I wanted GWS in case...
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    Exped sleeping pad problems?

    @swanny I believe my current unit is a Downmat 9 LW. It has the integrated 2-hand pump deal. What is the current Downmat (nomenclature) equivalent to it? Did Exped kill the 2-hand pump feature?
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    Light weight cots

    I owned an original LuxuryLite Cot back when they were a small independent company. Used that sucker for over a decade and it was still going strong. Just last year I caught a tremendous discount on a new Thermarest LuxuryLite Cot and bought one. I've compared them to Helinox cots and while I...
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    Exped sleeping pad problems?

    Baffles blew out in my first Exped many years ago. I contacted them and they sent me a new pad with zero hassle. I didn't even have to send in the defective pad. That pad was 5 seasons old when the baffles let go. I believe Exped has addressed that problem and has less issues now. I've used...
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    Who's Moose Hunting Alaska 2020?

    "Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first, and the lesson after".
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    Solo time

    Unsubstantiated rumor! You wouldn't look twice at me in the grocery store. Well...maybe if I had this shirt on: :) I do find it interesting.....the deal about how some of us like to have a book, music or other form of distraction, while others want none of it. I have never taken any of...
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    Who's Moose Hunting Alaska 2020?

    I made that mistake once. No trouble admitting I really screwed up and realized it in the middle of a raging storm with unbelievable condensation. I had never even tried to tie them in to my Sawtooth at home and had no clue how to orient them. Imagine a wildly flapping-shuddering tipi with...
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    Solo time

    I really have no clue why some people are more able to be alone for protracted periods versus the majority. I do think there's an element of being a bit antisocial. Even if you happen to like and enjoy other people. you can do without them for long(er) periods and you might even prefer to be...
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    Anyone ordered a seek outside tent recently???

    Don't you just hate it when an American outdoors company is experiencing triple-digit increased production in the middle of an economic recession and huge unemployment?
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    "Standard" Tent vs Tipi (floorless)..pros and cons?

    There are exactly 3 reasons for me to prefer a floorless tipi over other shelters. 1. No matter how nasty it is outside, I don't have to remove my boots to enter. 2. I can stand up completely in tipi, and I can walk in and out. No crawling. 3. The woodstove is a huge advantage on longer, colder...
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    Anyone ordered a seek outside tent recently???

    A phone call costs nothing. Explain your timing to them and see what they tell you. My experience with the company has been one of under-promise and over-deliver....just excellent service.
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    Alaska travel

    To further amplify Vern's advice: I have seen retail shops NOT have a specific tag or NR license when I went to purchase them. So a strong suggestion: Do a search and locate all possible retail shops which might sell license and tags in the town you'll be in. Make a list with phone numbers and...
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    Who's Moose Hunting Alaska 2020?

    Not nervous at all. Combat that by getting familiar with the state's regs and having an updated plan to meet those regs as time grows shorter. I do NOT recommend trusting to luck, going by rumors, or using selective hearing. Know exactly what the state requires and have a plan. It's no different...
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