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Although I have exchanged email with a few of you individually I think
that this is my first post to the group. Therefore a brief introduction is
probably in order. I've been backpacking about 4 years. I initially used it
as a crutch to (successfully!) help me quit smoking and have really gotten
into it since. About six months ago I stumbled on the PCT while searching for
places to go backpacking in the Sierras and was immediately captivated. I'm
now in the planning/training phase (I'm pretty cautious by nature) and plan to
do a thru-hike in '98.
One of the concepts I have encountered in my reading is vapor barriers.
For example, Colin Fletcher favorably discusses his experience with a VB shirt
in his "Complete Backpacker" book. Since VB appears to be compatible with
minimum weight backpacking -- something thru-hikers are generally obsessed
with -- I have been surprised by the lack of information and discussion about
it. VB could be used along the colder sections of the PCT; if a thru-hike is
attempted per the schedule Ray Jardine recommends, VB could be used in the
Sierras and also at the end of the trek in Washington.
In the marketplace I have found VB socks and a sleeping bag liner. I
personally am interested in trying a VB shirt; unfortunately I have not found
a source for one.
So what's the situation with VB? Does anyone know where I can get a VB
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