Angus Bohanon

Angus Bohanon

Boulder

Angus's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Angus's Bio

I've been climbing since I was three. I've also taken up trail running on occasion because all power and no cardio makes me wheeze like an asthmatic smoker, but climbing is my one true love and I shall never leave her.

That said, I've been camping since before I could walk, did a few years of spearfishing when I was little, sailed a lot, and dabbled to various degrees in backpacking, kayaking (both sea and whitewater), rafting, cross-country biking, downhill biking, and some alpine stuff. As long as I'm outside, I'm happy.

Angus Bohanon

Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on September 22, 2014

I have the La Sportiva Bushido, also a...

I have the La Sportiva Bushido, also a thin trail running shoe with a "rock plate," and I've biked in it. Obviously the shoe is not as stiff as a dedicated mountain biking shoe, but it's not too bad. The issue for me isn't stiffness, it's grip. The deep tread and lugs on the sole just do not play nicely with the pedals, and I felt out of control on faster, bumpier stuff. Like I was going to come off the pedals. Granted, the tread on these shoes don't look nearly as deep as the Bushidos (pictured), but my advice is if you're using platform pedals, you're going to want something with a flatter sole.

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Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on August 27, 2014

I'd have thought that judging them by price/ounce implied that you wanted MORE weight. The Trail Wind costs $80 (ignoring the current sale) and weighs 145g for a medium; the Tachyon costs $85 and weighs barely a third of that ? 51g for a medium. So really, if you go with the Tachyon, you're paying them $5 to cut two-thirds of the weight. Seems to me that the Tachyon wins this one.

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Angus Bohanon

Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on August 22, 2014

It's hard to put a number to it, but that's...

It's hard to put a number to it, but that's basically the kind of thing this shoe is built for. You have to sacrifice some mobility for a big hiking shoe, but you have to sacrifice some long-distance comfort for scrambling. This shoe is more on the scrambling side, so if you're concerned about hiking comfort I'd lean more toward something like the La Sportiva FC Eco 2.0 GTX. It'll give you more support for the hike without sacrificing too much grip on the scrambles.

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Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on August 15, 2014

Another approach you could take is something like the Transit or Metropolis coats, both by North Face. They're a lower fill count, so they're heavier, but still plenty light for standing around outside in a parking lot. And they extend down to your knees, so they'll keep you a little warmer if you're sitting on a cold metal seat than just a jacket will.

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Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on August 4, 2014

It'll depend on the exact fixtures, but I'm guessing you can. The tank end is certainly standard, and most propane-powered devices use the same fixture (the one this hose uses as well). Without seeing your heater, I can't promise anything 100%, but I'd say almost certainly yes.

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Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on June 21, 2014

Some tent manufacturers have a "footprint" for their tents. It's a tarp, the exact size of the floor of the tent, intended to protect the tent itself from rocks and wet ground. Sometimes they're included in the tent, some tents don't have them at all. In this case, a footprint exists for this tent, but it's not packaged with it.

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Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on May 13, 2014

It's possible this would be effective against bears, though it's worth noting that civilian pepper sprays (like for use against muggers) are basically useless against bears. Most bear sprays have a blend of capsicum and other irritants. I'd check with the manufacturer, and if they don't explicitly recommend it for bear, don't bring it.

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Angus Bohanon wrote an answer about on April 24, 2014

I hate to be a naysayer, but it doesn't seem like a good idea. Climbing/approach rubber is designed to be stickier, which makes it softer, which makes it rub off. Boat shoes are designed similarly, but with more attention to grip on wet, smooth surfaces and they're generally made with white soles so that when they do rub off a little, it's less visible. I'd be willing to bet that you won't find a climbing/approach shoe that doesn't leave a mark.

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