Category Archives: Ask Me
Hope all is well with you. I’ve contacted you in the past, and you have given me great information. I ended up buying things that you recommended (Zamberlan 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR boots and the Gregory Targhee 45L winter backpack).
I have a couple of different questions for you. First, I was hoping you could recommend a good pair of goggles for winter hiking and climbing (mostly for above treeline in New Hampshire’s White Mountains). I know you are very familiar how hairy it can get up there, so they would have to have great ventilation so they would not fog.
My next question is could you recommend a good, lightweight but warm, breathable fleece to go over a base layer, also for winter hiking? I also saw your review of the Marmot Alpha Jacket—would this take the place of a soft shell/fleece? Continue reading →
Say you have one last trip to Zion: a 3- to 4-night backpacking trip with a group of men in average condition anywhere in the park.
What trails do you have to see one more time? (Insert any insider details here.)
What month do you go?
You’ve sparked something in myself and a friend to see that place in 2014. I know permits are crucial, we’re already planning. I’ve read your articles that mostly include all members of the family (which I respect). Does the itinerary change when it’s just guys?
Thanks so much,
Longview, Texas Continue reading →
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody vs. Montbell Versalite for $150? Just wondering.
(submitted as a comment to my review of the Westcomb Focus LT Hoody rain jacket)
Good question. I have not tested the Versalite, though I have reviewed the MontBell Torrent Flier Jacket, which is basically a step up in quality from the Versalite because it uses Gore-Tex. MontBell and many other outdoor-apparel brands have their own proprietary waterproof-breathable technology; the Versalite uses “Super Hydro Breeze,” while other companies give their proprietary waterproof-breathable technology their own name. Basically, these are all simple coatings applied to the fabric. Coatings are less expensive than Gore-Tex or eVent (which are both membranes, not coatings), and frankly, less breathable and durable. Continue reading →
I recently came across your website while looking for information on the Dientes Circuit. Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive summary of your trip. We are headed down that way for three weeks this winter and are planning to backpack the Paine Circuit while we’re there. We’re also looking at the Dientes Circuit and Fitzroy to fill our trip. Did you find a spot to leave gear in Punta Arenas? Is it possible to buy backpacking-type food in Puerto Williams or did you fly with it from Punta Arenas?
Thanks for your help,
Boise, ID Continue reading →
[Via Facebook message at facebook.com/TheBigOutside]
Great book, I bought it from a small bookshop in Lincoln, N.H., called the Mountain Wanderer.
I just discovered your site, really enjoying it.
We are on are way out to the Pacific NW for a week. We are looking for some ideas on dayhikes and one-night backpacks in the North Cascades and some dayhikes in Mount Rainier National Park.
Look forward to your stories in Backpacker.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Fred & Linda
Tewksbury, MA Continue reading →