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Alan Little (AlanL) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Bavarian & Austrian Alps
About Me British born. Backpacked in the 70s - and, back then, regarded a pack weight of 20 lbs or so as normal for summer, 30 lbs as heavy for longer trips. That was before university. At university, got into climbing & carried heavier loads up steeper places for a while. Got older. Moved to Munich, near the Alps. Learned to snowboard, enough to start with some backcountry trips. Long hikes in summer & autumn, as much as poss scrambling rather than paths. Overnighters more huts & bivis than tents.

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Mylar blanket?
> Mylar blanket? Will you ever not have some sort of better insulation with you, like a down bag? I'm late to this discussion, but I did an alpine self-rescue course last weekend with the...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lightweight First Aid
June 14, 3:52pm

Thirty metre twin ropes?
30 metre twins seems odd. The main advantage of twins for alpine climbing over a light single rope is abseil range (plus redundancy against stonefall/sharp edges etc) but for that one normally has ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Twin rope uses
July 26, 9:57am

Inov-8 website - last information
Re: Matt - last icons in the Inov-8 website. And yet: my Flyroc 310s and F-Lite 320s have the same last according to Inov-8's website, but fit completely differently. I was considering g...

In GEAR » inov8 roclite 315 vs. terroc 330
May 26, 12:37pm

Utah seconded
I'm British, and I spent three weeks backpacking around southern Utah / northern Arizona (Paria Canyon through hike, other bits & pieces) in '98. It was absolutely fantastic, trip of a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recommend British Person holiday destination
March 18, 10:48am

Marmot Precips?
I wouldn't recommend Marmot Precips for climbing - wore mine for a day's wet weather scrambling in the Karwendel last summer and came away with two big rips. They might be ok for mostly-sno...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Full side zip shell pants
February 23, 2:08am

great trip
Sounds like a great trip. I completely agree with your approach. I have a small son at home and no immediate prospect of getting a whole Ten Days for such a thing, but did something similar on a sm...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
January 20, 4:15am

Five Ten Camp 4s - heavy but good
I too was surprised by the weight and boot-like feel of the Camp 4s when I tried them on in the shop. I bought them anyway because they fit me well, and for the stuff I like to do in the summer - A...

In GEAR » Rock and snow climbing shoes - two pair?
January 12, 12:36pm

Maps of Canadian Arctic?
Not, sadly, for a trip I'm planning, but ... my friend's great grandfather was an arctic explorer and has a couple of features named after him on north Canadian islands. Shellabear Creek, a...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Maps of Canadian Arctic?
January 10, 11:59am

Bought too much stuff this year
1 - Patagonia Wool 1 Crew. The first merino I ever tried that doesn't itch. Other reputable brands I tried on in shops practically brought me out in a rash right there in the changing room. Per...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 30, 2:21pm

Winter windshirt
"Soft-shells are winter-specific gear." Indeed. I wear/regard my Patagonia Ascensionist as a kind of heavy-duty winter windshirt. WIth a base layer or two under it, I find I'm fine...

In GEAR » Q. soft shell vs fleece
December 12, 4:09am

All Reader Reviews by Alan Little

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Inov8 Flyroc 310
After reading lots of enthusiastic reviews of Inov-8 shoes, and spending some time trying to make sense of their multifarious and confusing model range, I finally settled on a pair of 310s in December...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 25, 1:53pm

Inov-8 Debrisoc
Inov-8's Debrisoc is a sock with a short built-in gaiter to keep crud out of your shoes. I have the Coolmax version; they also make it in merino. I really like them: wore them for several days...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 25, 1:29pm

Marmot Precip Pants
Reasonably priced, waterproof and breathable, but flimsy. The full length, double pull side zips allow for easy on and off and excellent ventilation, but add weight and bulk. But the big minus...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 17, 7:05am

Haglofs LIM Ultimate Jacket
Super light Goretex Paclite jacket with a full zip, long enough cut in the body (slight drop tail), excellent long sleeves with thumb loops, and a nicely adjustable hood that fits well over a helmet. ...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 17, 7:03am

Buff Classic
I don't have long hair. It's a hat, a scarf, a bandana, a towel, a handkerchief (as a last resort, and preferably not prior to any of the other uses). Super sweat-absorbing liner inside a (...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 17, 6:57am

Patagonia Wool 1 Crew
The only merino I've found that I can wear. I've been curious about merino for some time. I've always worn synethetic base layers - my Helly Hansen polypro shirts aren't the origina...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
October 17, 6:54am

five ten camp four
Pros: great all round three season mountain shoe. Good fit for me (fairly broad size 10). Excellent grip on most surfaces including - not surprisingly - rock. Cons: Rounded heel not particularly se...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 12, 2:45pm

North Face Impulse Hoodie
I have to differ from Patrick regarding the comparison to the Patagonia R1 Hoody. Yes, both hoodies have a number of excellent features in common - hood, half zip, long cut body, long cut thumbhole sl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
August 12, 2:18pm