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2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby freestone » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:25 pm

A compilation of gear failure reports on the JMT. Of interest is the high rate of water filter failures and Bear issues in Yosemite. I spotted people having the same problems I did with Dirty Girl gaiters and Brooks Cascadias.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9Fz_vc ... w?sle=true



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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby rlown » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:51 pm

an interesting list. The bear thing I get. The water filter thing not so much, unless they're filtering from a swamp. My hiker pro only failed after 10 years of successful use after my friend stepped on it and broke off the outlet fitting (we had two).
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby oldranger » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:50 pm

I love the problems with electronics. How shocking that cell phone didn't work on Muir trail! Obviously didn't try on Island pass. Somewhat surprised that some experience people committed to long distance travel with equipment obviously near the end of its useful life. (I have to admit that I once took a 19 year old tent on an 11 day hike that developed a small leak after a couple of days of rain. ) :crybaby:

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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby freestone » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:12 am

Lots of piezo igniter failures on canister stoves. Appreciated the comment from the guy who brought a titanium wood burning stove but ended up using his buddy's JetBoil because it was so easy and hassle free.
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:56 am

I have gone through like 6 Katadyn Hikers and the pro model. I had one for only like 3 days when I dropped it from 2 feet off the ground and broke the inlet nozzle. Twice I had the filter that came with it fail to pump anymore through it after about 20 days of use. I swear the one you get from the factory is a rip off! In 2013 when the filter starting becoming really hard to pump I kept using it because I knew I had a new filter in a week or so in a resupply. Well finally the piston broke from the heavy pressure of the pumping. After so much trouble with the damn things and having them break twice on trips the first month in and never filtering again in 2014 I didn't take a filter at all and probably wont again.
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby rlown » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:46 pm

actually, after re-reading the complete list, who are these people? Don't you test your gear before you go?

Stove gets lit, filter pump gets tested/piston lubed, tent is seam sealed, pad is re-inflated. Bear can cams are lubed. New batts or recharge for the electronics. I smell another checklist coming on. :)
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:54 pm

These people are often folks who have never backpacked a day in their lives - which is why they don't know how to test gear. They're related to the folks who come to Yosemite and go backpacking for the first time ever on a whim, buying stuff at the gear store in Yosemite Village and racing into the backcountry without a thought for preparation.

I am reminded of the JMT hiker who triggered a SPOT just last year when a fire caused billowing smoke that obscured the trail. Search teams were deployed and were looking all over for her only to be told she and her friend had continued to hike - she wasn't asthmatic or anything, just freaked out by all the smoke, and evidently recovered from her freakout and continued. Searchers went home. ](*,)
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby Ikan Mas » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:52 pm

I sense a lot of clumsiness and rough handling of equipment among the crowd that was surveyed. Also sounded like a lot of first timers. Perhaps the real lesson here is to forego loaning any equipment to the "unproven."
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:48 pm

The Dirty Girl gaiters come with stick-on velcro squares, but those work better if you use epoxy to stick them to the shoe. I have an old worn out pair of shoes with the velcro still on them. Had to buy more velcro patches to epoxy to the next pair of shoes.
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby rlown » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:52 pm

I understand the need for gaiters in the snow; i use them when skiing. Why do you need them on a trail? Maybe with trail runners, etc, but not boots.
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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby oldranger » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:23 pm

Russ,

With boots 6" or less I always get dirt down in my boots with out gaiters. The gaiters also help keep socks clean. So that is why I wear gaiters, short Outdoor Research Gaiters.

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Re: 2014 JMT gear failure list

Postby freestone » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:52 pm

The DG gaiters do nothing to stop fine Sierra grit from entering. After sloshing through a stream, the water in the shoe leaves behind sand as well. They do a great jog of stopping the larger pebbles and sticks, but at the end of the day, my feet are dirty. My wife hates that name, she thinks they should be boycotted.
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