$100 Thru-hike: IKEA backpacking challenge

Could I create an entire ultra-light backpacking setup, all from IKEA products, for under $100? Backpack, shelter, sleeping-system... and as much of the extras as possible... maybe not shoes, but... maybe! I've had this odd notion ever since reading "Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardine's Guide to Lightweight Hiking" and more recently Mike Clelland's "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. …

Revisiting Lonesome Dove, the Western maybe EVERYONE should read

My life has been all filled up with books, but only a surprising few have been as all-consuming, enjoyable, and emotion-wrenching as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. But there are a lot of reasons I might never have read it, were it not for a coworker's bothered insistence: It looks like a grocery store paperback It …