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post #406 of 412
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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post

Going to Vermont for an AHS volunteer vacation the first week of August. Just ordered some new hiking pants from Cabela's.

Are they similar to tactical pants? What is the difference?
post #407 of 412
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Are they similar to tactical pants? What is the difference?

Basically. I got them and I wasn't thrilled with them. I sent them back and am going to wear Bill's khakis instead.
post #408 of 412
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Going to Peru in September, going to do the 5 day salkantay trail to Machu Picchu:
Starting Altitude - 2900m / 9515ft.
Highest Altitude - 4650m /15,200ft
Walking Distance - 60.5 km / 37.5 miles.
I'm going to wear my issued military boots, which are heavy but otherwise pretty durable. I am borrowing my friend's kelty red cloud 6650 which I am sure has plenty of room, and comes with a camel back. Other than that, I don't have any gear. I am going by myself, so I think I am going to use a tour operator that sets you up with an english speaking guide and a group of around 8-16 people. Every company that I've seen includes tents, first aid kits, and all the cooking equipment/food. Basically, I need to bring clothes, a sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Anything I'm missing?

What is a good budget sleeping bag that is lightweight and compact?

The LL Bean Katahdin is sub two bills and gets good reviews. But it's not the lightest or smallest.
post #409 of 412
The North Face Cat's Meow seems right for that...but if you are going with a tour like that, they might provide you with appropriate sleeping bags.

As for pants, I got a pair of prAna Zion pants and liked them enough that I plan to pick up a second pair when they start going on sale.
post #410 of 412
Do you guys use trekking poles? I always at least strap them to my pack and break them out immediately when it's not pretty well packed and easy trail. A couple years ago Mrs. Piob and I were a few miles into this canyon and I stepped on a rock that rolled out from under my foot. If it had not been for the poles instantly taking most of my weight it would have been a pretty sucky hobble back out for me.
post #411 of 412
after my hike up and down the hope point trail, I have been thinking about buying a pair the next time I can get the perfect combo of a 40% off STP coupon and some good inventory.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Do you guys use trekking poles? I always at least strap them to my pack and break them out immediately when it's not pretty well packed and easy trail. A couple years ago Mrs. Piob and I were a few miles into this canyon and I stepped on a rock that rolled out from under my foot. If it had not been for the poles instantly taking most of my weight it would have been a pretty sucky hobble back out for me.

I do not. My knees have not yet been taken over by the gout.
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