Park City & The Wasatch Mountains, Utah
This is a great all around base wax, especially for times when you aren't sure what the conditions are going to be. It goes on well, scraps off easily and stays in/on the bases. My only wish is that it came in a bigger (and thus cheaper...) bulk pack.
After cycling through about 3 WalMart Princess packs for my kids school backpacks, this one is a breath of high quality relief. It is well made, well thought out and will last for years.
My only complaint is that it is actually pretty small, which has more to do with my ordering than the product itself. If I was to do it again, I'd get the 20l Poco Mucho for my six year old girl as it will carry a three-ring binder and the Poco Mas 15 won't.
I've owned Patagonia Silkweight Boxers for years and they are by far and away my favorite, but these are "briefs" meaning they have the same pattern, but are tight fitting. Not quite what I was hoping for, and as a matter of pride, I'm not going to return underwear. ;)
I like a nice thick sock for backcountry skiing, and the Summit perfectly fits that bill. It is high enough to work well with a ski boot, without being so high that it clamps down on your calves. Super warm, thick and comfy, and they last so long they are almost a "heritage sock" if such a thing exists. You'll get years out of them.
I always rummage through my sock drawer for the Summits, and if I'm out, it means it's time to do a load of laundry.
Not too thick, not too thin, not too high, not too low... just right. The X-Hale sock works well for all sorts of activities, from casual wear to hiking and climbing. I love them for general wearing in the winter. Very well made.
This would be an excellent Denali sock.
Arthur - sorry to say, but that Camp Chef bulk adapter does not fit the Primus stove.
Does BC.com sell a bulk adapter that works with this stove?
Kip using Venoms in Antarctica.
Biking on the dusty, rough, White Rim trail outside of Moab - a perfect place for a rugged camera.
No - at least the WG-2 couldn't.
I use a Voile strap virtually every single time I go out skiing and often have 2-3 of them stashed in my pack and/or pockets. They obviously work well for keeping skis together, but also can be used for attaching blown skins to skis, emergency repairs, first aid splinting, and a million other uses.
Using a Voile strap on the first ascent/descent of Victoria Peak in Antarctica.
I've replaced two single zip together sleeping bags with one MegaLamina for car camping and have been very happy with it. The Mega gets a lot of its warmth from two bodies, which in the case of two zip together bags, you are only getting part of as they usually only zip together 1/2 or 3/4 of the way. This means your feet are constricted and the bags are kind of uncomfortable, which is not the case with the Mega. For plush, over the top comfort, get a Coleman inflatable mattress (and of course 12v pump) from WalMart and you'll be sleeping better than at home.
A word of caution with this bag is that it can be pretty cold if you use it solo, or, just in general. I'm not sure where MFG'ers come up with their bag ratings, but we used this bag in 35ish degree weather and had to sleep with all of our clothes on, as well as an extra blanket on top. But, for warm summer camping, it is ideal.
Hi Klamostsky - I've used this bag (the MHW MegaLamina) in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming and think it is great. Double bags are indeed a bit tricky as you are getting a lot of your warmth/heat from the other person, so the standard rules don't really apply. I replaced two zip together bags with one Mega and have been happy with it as it is more comfortable. That said, if you sleep solo in a double bag, it is going to be cold, or least that has been my experience.
We took one of these to the City of Rocks in Idaho and were able to use it on four different kids, ranging from age 3 to 7 years old. It is a bit fumbly at first to figure out how it goes on, but once you do it a few times, it becomes very easy and has a wide range of adjustment.
One good/great thing about this harness is that it keeps the kids in an upright position when they fall or hang as the tie-in point is higher than a regular harness. This is nice as you never know what kids are going to do, and once they are 10' above you, it is hard to do anything about it!
Another big plus is the color and pattern.
Mira climbing at the City of Rocks.
I don't actually own the WG-3, but have owned the WG-1 and now own the WG-2. Overall I'm pretty happy with them, although I must admit they don't take the greatest photos. But, you can drag them all over the place, including through the rain, mud, water and snow and they still fire. They are also kid-proof, which is a nice feature.
Like many electronics, the WG series is packed with such an overload of features that it would take a lifetime to figure them all out. Not that this really matters, but it does come into play when you set the camera to "Auto" mode as it cycles through all sorts of things (party? fireworks? action? snow?) before taking the shot, which makes for some very slow shutter time. This can be fixed with setting it to "manual."
The WG series seems to do well with medium focus photos with lots of color, but not so great with snow. However, the photos can be easily fixed/adjusted with a program like LightRoom.
Overall, I'd recommend this as a good adventure documenting camera, but not a great camera camera.
Mira in her MadRocks