Episode 83 Q and A Solo Show

On this episode, I’m rolling solo again and answering 12 questions that I found inside the “Backpacking” group on Facebook. Some are basic, others are not. Either way, I think it’s good to at least hear feedback from various resources on commonly asked backpacking questions.

And yes, I know I don’t know everything, but have hiked a little in my day…

Enjoy! 

  

Always Learning By Land,

Emory R. Wanger

 

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Show Notes

  • Twist lock or Clip Lock Trekking Poles?

  • Any really good non-deet bug repellent? Want something that’s not only easier on the sleeping bag but also more natural.

  • I was wondering where you find Tyvek for DIY footprints. And is it cheaper than buying a $50 footprint

  • Favorite drink mix for water while on the trail?

  • Sometimes my pack gets heavy and I use my trekking poles to hold it up against the tree so I can put it on has anybody else ever tried to do something like this and if so what are your methods upholding your pack up against a tree so that you can put it on?

  • All packed to hit the trail on Wednesday. First time the hubby is coming in a long time. So it took longer to pack and Everything he has is seriously extra large 🙄. While I feel like a BA when I pack light he seems to feel carrying the fridge and kitchen sink is the badge of honor. How does taking your significant other change what you do pre trail and on ??

  • Looking for recommendations on a personal locator/tracker. Best one for the money?

  • Anyone here use Nikwax products to clean and restore water repellent clothing or treat gear? Is it worth the money?

  • Who uses a backpacking cot when camping in the back country? I know they are extra weight, but if you’re a side sleeper, I hear they are a game changer!!

  • What do you guys think about mountain bikes on hiking/foot path trails? A local trail group wants to submit a proposal to turn several foot path trails into mountain biking trails also. Personally I hate the idea for many reasons. What's your take?

  • Are there any other packs besides Osprey that are even worth looking at? Edit: Maybe I could have worded my question a different way, but whatever. I’m in the market for a new pack, recommendations on other brands besides Osprey that are worth the time to look at.

  • Is there a noticeable difference in packed volume between down that is 950 vs 800? Does the 950 pack down a lot smaller or negligible?

 

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