1. Art
    Art August 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Good article – thanks!

    How does one take advantage of discounted price?

  2. Bob Pedigo
    Bob Pedigo August 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm


    I know what you mean, good customer service is often hard to come by, and good products too. I am often willing to pay a little extra for the good service. On a related note, I came across a superb camp stove that your readers should check out. It’s from a company called “Biolite,” and it is everything the manufacturer promises…and maybe more. Check out the website: http://www.biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/features/

    I bought one on a whim, and it does everything the manufacturer says: it boils a liter of water in less than five minutes, it charges anything with a USB port, and it is the size of a 1-liter water bottle. Perfect for carrying into the high country, you need not transport fuel (unless you’re staying above the tree line), and you don’t have to lug lots of batteries for your essential electronics (assuming they have aforementioned USB recharging capability). After reading of your woes regarding lack of appetite for energy bars last time, I am planning my JMT hike with this Biolite Campstove in my arsenal, so I hope to enjoy better eating. I’m excited for your upcoming trip, I hope to learn much from your second thru-hike to plan for my own in the near future.



  3. Jim Webb
    Jim Webb August 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Is that discount for rentals only, or can it be applied to purchases!

  4. John Ladd
    John Ladd August 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    One thing I really like about Wild Ideas is that if you are in the market to buy a bearcan, they make them in a wide variety of custom sizes and they don’t ask premium prices for the custom sizes. Each added liter of capacity (equals one more inch in height) adds only 1.4 ounces additional weight to the can (most of the weight is in the ends, not in the middle). So you can size the can to be the largest that will fit your pack. I have a high-volume pack, so I really like the 16 inch (and 16 liter) bearcan. Holds 12 days of food easily for me (given the stuff I like) and probably could go to 16 or more in a pinch, by selecting only foods that pack very tight.

    STEVEN SHAPLIN August 14, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Just got home from Yosemite, so reading this post a week late. I use the bearikade weekender and it fits perfict on top of my Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 pack. With all the re-supply points along the JMT, This combo works great for me.

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