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William S. (Balt) - BPL Guest

My Locale East Coast
About Me Recently retired and returning to backpacking after a long time away. A NOLS Wind River trip back in the early-70s was what got me started.
CityBaltimore
StateMaryland
CountryUSA

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North Face Verto Micro Hoodie - half-price clearance at REI
I'd been looking for an ultra-light down sweater and was blown away by the high prices. Shopped at the local REI store today and got the North Face Verto Micro Hoodie (sage green and black; siz...

In Gear Deals » North Face Verto Micro Hoodie - half-price clearance at REI
February 11, 1:26pm

Fleece beanie
I have an UnderArmour fleece beanie. Use it for cold-weather running too. Reasonably warm, and you can wash/rinse the sweat out.

In GEAR » Down hat vs wool hat... wool seems to be the better choice?
January 28, 5:37pm

And then there's this....
http://tinyurl.com/d5nu4fl or this: http://tinyurl.com/c34shno or this: http://tinyurl.com/bs3no5h

In GEAR » The search for the ultimate hat is over
April 28, 10:43am

Absurdly inexpensive ultra-light canister stove
I noticed a small gas-canister stove listed on Amazon, but sold through a company in Hong Kong. Comparable to the MSR Pocket Rocket in size, weight (95 grams), and configuration, but costing all of...

In GEAR » Absurdly inexpensive ultra-light canister stove
April 25, 5:43pm

Tarps
About a hundred years ago I took a month-long NOLS course in the Wind Rivers. All of us used tarps, and nobody carried trekking poles or walking sticks (or any other kind of poles). Worked out fine...

In GEAR » Tarp Camping Without poles/sticks
April 21, 3:09pm

Scout UL2
I was shopping for a new tent recently, and I love weight and packed size of the Scout. (Not to mention the retro look... shades of camping out as a 12-year-old in the early 1960s.) And Backpacker ...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Scout UL2
April 18, 10:47am

Exped pump
Exped also makes a "Mini Pump" that snaps onto the inflate-valve and works pretty fast. Weighs 40 grams/1.4 oz. Packs in a little stuff sack - 4.7" x 2", 16 cm x 5 cm

In GEAR » blowing up Synmat UL 7?
April 15, 9:39pm

Follow-up
Just bought the Synmat UL7 Med off eBay - a buy-it-now arrangement for $125.99 with free shipping. Not bad! REI is selling it for $165 + my state's sales tax. Same seller has two more for sale ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad: Exped SynMat UL 7 or BA Q-Core SL or...?
April 15, 12:08pm

Re: EN rating only covers traditional hooded sleeping bags
Stuart D writes: "The EN rating only covers traditional hooded sleeping bags, not quilts, hoodless bags or top bags that lack an insulation layer underneath (eg Big Agnes)." I wonder w...

In GEAR » What do temperature ratings for sleeping bags and pads actually mean?
April 14, 12:45pm

Thanks!
Thanks for the good info. Unfortunately for me, I just bought a Big Agnes bag (haven't used it yet), and BA apparently doesn't subject its bags to the EN rating process. My particular b...

In GEAR » What do temperature ratings for sleeping bags and pads actually mean?
April 14, 9:37am

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