Chris on September 30th, 2009

Comparing sleeping bags can be pretty difficult.  Manufacturers quote a variety of numbers and measurements and prices vary dramatically.  It can be hard to sort through it all and make a good decision. I’ll talk about a few important quantifiable considerations, and leave the qualitative decisions to you. Fit is a qualitative factor that should […]

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Chris on September 28th, 2009

Sleeping pad manufacturers have been quoting R-values for their pads lately.  This is a major step up from quoting nothing for a warmth spec.  However, until there is a similar system for rating sleeping bags, and then a system for comparing sleep systems, there will still be a lot of trial and error in choosing […]

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Chris on September 26th, 2009

Wind layers are a vital piece in my layering system.  In cold weather, rain isn’t a concern, but wind can cause rapid heat loss.  Preventing this with a very light breathable layer is critical.  I wear my wind layer right over the top of my base layer.  That way as I add insulation, I don’t […]

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Chris on September 25th, 2009

Choosing baselayers has become a tricky process with the increasing availability of high quality wool and an increasing range of synthetics.  Both choices have pros and cons.  Here is what I’ve found personally. Synthetic Synthetic baselayers are incredibly efficient at moisture transport.  They don’t absorb the moisture which means they dry rapidly, although, they can […]

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Chris on September 22nd, 2009

If you are a intimidated by sharpening your knives on a whetstone, here is a simple way to make it easy to keep your blades sharp without messing them up. Prepare your whetstone with some water or oil.  Personally, I like to use WD-40 on my whetstone.  It flows away easily, carrying all the bits […]

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Chris on September 19th, 2009

Los Glaciares is the Argentine national park in Patagonia.  If you are going to climb Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, or any of the other amazing peaks, this is the park.  It is a fantastic place, and once you are there, you will never want to leave. Getting There When you arrive in Argentina, you’ll land at […]

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Chris on September 18th, 2009

It is no surprise that I enjoy the cold, and so it is no surprise that I’ve spent a lot of time in some cold places.  I’ve learned a lot of things about how to sleep comfortably in the cold.  Here is what I do. I take a good look at the historical temperature and […]

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