Douglas Gantenbein

Douglas Gantenbein

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Do I need gaiters?

I'm planning to hike the Long Range Traverse at Gros Morne National Park, which is a four- to five-day trek without trails. I have Arc'teryx Alpha SL pants, but I'm wondering if I should to bring...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jul 20, 2011

Is it a bad idea to trek in plastic mountaineering boots?

I'm thinking of buying the Koflach Arctis Expe for trekking and general mountaineering (some technical sections) in the Garhwal Himalayas. But I saw some comments about these being tough to wear when...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 8, 2011

Where can I get an ultralight skillet that won't burn?

I having trouble finding a skillet that is lightweight yet will not burn. I using a Primus canister stove and able to adjust the heat low enough. I use my equipment for bike touring, backpacking,...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 8, 2011

Does anything beat deet to repel bloodsucking insects?

I do most of my backpacking when the bugs (mainly mosquitoes) are out. Last year, CNN said that there were two alternatives to deet, including lemon eucalyptus. But is there anything that comes close...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 8, 2011

What wheels should I get for my new road bike?

Swi of gear, I finally bought my first road bike since I was a kid: a nice carbon-fiber Specialized that is kind to my back. What I need is some advice on a good set of wheels to replace the original...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 8, 2011

Who makes lightweight speakers good for backpacking?

I like to backpack with my iPod when I alone in the wilderness. After setting cp it would be ideal to have speakers instead of headphones to enjoy my music. Are there any lightweight, portable...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 8, 2011

What's the best backpack for triathlons?

Hi, I compete in triathlons and I was wondering what you would suggest for a backpack. Even better, a backpack that could also also used for snowboarding and camping. — John Fargo, ND

Douglas Gantenbein
Jul 23, 2010

How can I repair a tear in a sleeping bag?

My son is a Boy Scout and had a very nice and somewhat expensive cold-weather sleeping bag from The North Face. He recently discovered a small tear in the nylon fabric. I am looking for advice about...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jul 21, 2010

How can I prevent an old tent from leaking?

I have an older tent, it's still in great condition... except it leaks. I was in a rainstorm and the whole tent leaked, not just the seams but the actual roof fabric. After the tent dried I...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jul 16, 2010

What are the best pair of desert pants?

I’m going to be in Syria this summer, and want to find a good pair of non-convertible desert pants that aren’t too tight around the ankles. Any ideas? Tyler Arcata, CA

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 18, 2010

What’s the best bag for a long-haul trip to Nepal?

My wife and I are traveling to Nepal soon for a friend’s wedding. We are looking for luggage to travel with. My preference is an expedition duffel that I can easily carry on my back and my wife...

Douglas Gantenbein
Jun 18, 2010