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Al Shaver (Al_T.Tude) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale High Sierra and CA Central Coast
About Me 50 years / male / single (If I'd known being an Uncle was so much fun, I'd have done it sooner.) / backcountry climbing, ski mountaineering, auto racing, film buff

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All Forum Posts by Al Shaver

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Whitney Main Trail
Lots of good advice above. You live at sea level like me (unless your east bay locale refers to Lake Tahoe) so your body's reaction to altitude will be your #1 concern for safety, enjoyment and...

In GEAR » Help for Mt. Whitney climb
June 11, 5:45pm

Revolutionary "Whipsnake" Pack
Just saw the release of this extraordinarily flexible pack with amazing capacity. Video also features French inspired hiking wear. Place your orders quickly as I'm sure that the first productio...

In GEAR » Revolutionary "Whipsnake" Pack
June 11, 5:02pm

Ridiculously Warm Hood
Thanks for the great review, Roger. I have no experience with the Crestone Hood which you recommend only for very cold environments. I have much experience with the Nunatak Down Balaclava which is ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Katabatic Sawatch 15 Quilt and Crestone Hood Review
February 23, 6:32pm

Useless and Dangerous
Jorge, To paraphrase a greater writer than me: Mountain running is useless like poetry and dangerous like lovemaking.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT North - South Records
July 16, 2:23am

No Worries
I just fill it with my mini BIC, KFC spork, 1oz wing stove, .5 oz fuel tab, soap vial and Ti wind screen with paper clip and no lid and toss it in the top of my pack. If you remove the lid with a s...

In GEAR » Beer can pot packing
July 16, 1:53am

trekking poles as mid pole
The $270 Black Diamond Megalight comes with a pole link convertor. Don't know if they will sell it separately. You can interlace your trekking pole wrist straps, point the poles opposite direct...

In GEAR » Trekking Poles as a Mid Pole
July 13, 6:57pm

New Record
Geoff Roes' record time referred to above was 15:07:04

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Krupicka v.s. Jornet - Western States 100
July 13, 1:31pm

Driving Up Whitney?
Art, Good luck driving your car to the JMT southern terminus at the 14'497' summit of Mt Whitney! > As Jorge and Kenneth posit, a trail doesn't need to start at a parking lot. To ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT North - South Records
July 13, 1:19pm

Wild Caloric Supplements
While backpacking and canoeing portage linked lake loops in British Columbia, Salmon Berries made up such a substantial portion of our diet that our "waste" began to resemble the local be...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Grylls dining options
July 13, 1:00pm

Northern JMT Terminus
My two cents: Jorge and Kenneth, Good points all around re. direction of travel and starting points except for the "Happy Isles" sign. I know of no such sign. I have had this conversati...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT North - South Records
July 13, 12:41pm

All Reader Reviews by Al Shaver

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Backpacking Light Merino UL Pants
The wool seems to live up to all the hype for comfort and warmth, but mine came with a small hole in the inside thigh. I received them as a wrapped gift from my family, so didn't inspect them '...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
January 06, 7:18pm

BPL Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody
5/5 for meeting all of the unbelievable performance claims for merino wool. Cool when it's hot, warm when it's cold, virtually no stink build-up after days of sweaty use, no scratchiness, nice...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
January 02, 10:12pm

Sport EYZ ultralight sunglasses
Manufacturer says to not re-insert into film cannister case. I put them flat in a quart ziploc bag when not in use - works fine. I like that they are cheap and light but I mostly love that they pack i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 22, 5:10pm

Petzl Meteor III Climbing Helmet
At 232 grams/8.2oz this is the lightest helmet I've seen. Foam helmets such as this are not the most rugged. It would be crushed before it made it to base camp in the Himalaya. For me, chin st...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 22, 4:30am

Camp XLH95 Harness
As a gram weenie I couldn't pass up a 3.5 oz harness. If I'm going to spend the day at hanging belays or there is a good chance of falls, I'll take my 15 oz Black Diamond Momentum AL. For ...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 22, 4:15am

Trango Superfly Screwlock Carabiner
Agree with Craig. Only negative is the exposed hook. Lightest locking biner without the hook that I know of is the Black Diamond Positron (keylock)Screwgate (54 grams)

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 22, 3:57am

Petzl Tikka XP
For my camping, trailrunning and climbing/mountaineering applications this is about the perfect light. I also own a Tikka and Tikka Plus. Each generation shows an improvement. The diffuser lens is far...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
December 22, 3:47am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
Yes it does take effort to seal the bags properly and not cut or tear them, I do wish they were more durable and their diameter is slightly smaller than Ursack, Bear Vault and Backpacker's Cache s...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 22, 3:30am

i4ULENSES 2007
Bedding down at Whitney climber's camp holding the topo at arm's length, squinting by headlamp illumination to discern "is that crux on the East Buttress 5.6 or 5.8??" That's whe...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 22, 3:15am

Tiny Knife - Gerber Micro-Lite LST
No Mike, nothing is simpler or lighter. I keep one (tied closed) on my climbing harness and another in my repair bag when backpacking. Unfortunately informed me in May '07 that thi...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 22, 2:59am