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Eric Riddick (50Miler) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me I am a rugged individualist. I think independently. I hate fads and marketing. I actually enjoy that "no pain, no gain" feeling I get from pushing it hard on the trail.

Ive been backpacking since the early eighties and have a huge amount of backpacking experience.

I mix and match the best from UL with the best from conventional backpacking. I dont like trading extreme lightness for gear that is not durable. I want gear thats lightweight AND RUGGED at the same time!
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All Forum Posts by Eric Riddick

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Re: Re: Re: If your "pack" weighs 5 lbs, is it *really* backpacking?
>Lots of backpackers think a real backpack is a 70L, 2.8kg >load monster, not a Golite Jam. So define what a real >backpack is, and at what point they stop being a real >backpack? I...

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
May 08, 12:16pm

Re: If your "pack" weighs 5 lbs, is it *really* backpacking?
I am sorry if I insulted people, but I am honestly perplexed at how someone can call themselves a backpack-er or say they are going backpack-ing, when their pack weighs 5 lbs. Get real... BTW I...

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
May 08, 11:47am

Re: Help me leave the office for an "outdoor job"
>Get real man. You're whining cos you're earning 100k plus and >not happy in your job. Save up for a year or two then take an >'outdoors' time-out. >Remember that the g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help me leave the office for an "outdoor" job
May 08, 12:19am

Re: Re: Re: SULers are not real backpackers
>would disagree with most of your assertions. >You are projecting your biases and preferences on others >without any reasonable justification. Are you sure about that? Think about it....

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
May 07, 11:53pm

Re: Re: Re: SULers are not real backpackers
Lets examine the definitions of some common words according to Webster's dictionary. "Backpack (noun): a) a load carried on the back; b) a camping pack (as of canvas or nylon) supporte...

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
May 07, 11:39pm

Re: SULers are not real backpackers
I think you are going too light when you no longer are carrying a real backpack, no longer wearing boots of any type, and are able to fast pack at such a high speed that basically, you are doing a ...

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
May 07, 8:09pm

Re: Jet Boil Rules...yes it does
>Right on Eric! Hi Roman... >JetBoil is the best hot lunch mountain stove out there. But >my impression is a lot of SUL types eat all cold food, all >the time. No stove can make m...

In GEAR » Alcohol vs. Cannister Stove
May 07, 10:03am

Re: Alcohol vs. Cannister Stove
I would like to chime in and say that while BPL has completely trashed the Jetboil PCS in past reviews, I found the Jetboil PCS to be the most wind resistant cannister stove in existence. You do n...

In GEAR » Alcohol vs. Cannister Stove
May 06, 3:57pm

Re: Water Purification
Iodine tabs (Potable Aqua) have long been considered to be reliable for back country water purification. Chlorine dioxide, in all its forms available, seems to have superseded iodine tabs as the &...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Water Purification
May 05, 1:19am

Re: Thru-Hikes: Finding the time, money, and right spouse...
A real thru hiker would just quit their job, tell their spouse "this is it honey" and just go do it. Eric

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thru-Hikes: Finding the time, money, and right spouse...
May 05, 1:06am

All Reader Reviews by Eric Riddick

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Jetboil Personal Cooking System
I purchased a Jetboil PCS several years ago right after Backpacker magazine gave it an editors choice status. I was very impressed with the Jetboil. While it doesn't boil water as fast as some oth...

In Stoves - Canister
May 06, 4:23pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
I used Potable Aqua for years. Until recently, it was really the only reliable way to make your water potable short of boiling and boiling isnt practical for backpackers. What I found is that when ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
February 13, 11:06pm

Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth(medium)
Ive always used 3 mil thick plastic as my ground cloth. Im on the east coast and we have to use a truly waterproof ground cloth here. I ordered the polycro from Gossamer Gear and I like it. Its not as...

In Miscellaneous Products
February 03, 1:51am

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
Ive used all the chlorine dioxide chemical systems, as well as old fashioned potable aqua tablets. AquaMira works well and is very effective at purifying the water. But compared to chlorine dioxide ta...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
February 03, 1:47am

Petzyl Myo XP
Ive used the Myo XP on a lot of night backpacking trips and its three watt LED packs more punch than these one watt or less LED lights. Yes, its a little heavier, but not much. You can reduce the weig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 03, 1:41am

Petzl Tikka XP
Ive been using this one watt LED light since it got the editors choice award in Backpacker magazine. Soon afterward, I started doing a lot of night backpacking, which was really, really cool. The t...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 03, 1:36am

Evernew .9 Liter pot
Super lightweight, small and compact with handy insulated folding handles so you wont get burned. Also comes with a super lightweight lid that shortens boiling time. I pack my cannister stove in th...

In Cookware - Titanium
February 03, 1:28am

GI issue wool Army watch cap
Its cheap, is made of wool that keeps you warm when wet, cuts wind really well...FAR better than synthetic fleece hats, its super rugged and takes any amount of abuse. Its not made of merino wool, bu...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 03, 1:25am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
This ultra-lightweight tarp gets the job done, but the seam is stitched in a way that cuts the tarp in half. When you set the thing up, the tarp is being pulled apart at the seam. This weakens it in w...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
February 03, 1:20am

Coleman F1 Ultralight
This is the lightest stove in BPL's reviews and has the highest BTU output. Its extremely compact and is cheap. Why isnt this fine little cannister stove getting more attention? I use this thin...

In Stoves - Canister
February 03, 1:16am