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JAMES CALL (Conductor) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Sierra Nevada
About Me After a childhood of being very active in the wilderness of NE Nevada, I moved to Reno to go to school and became very involved in other hobbies and pursuits. I still had the bomber pack and 0 degree bag from my youth. Time Passes and Life Happens. My girl friend wanted to get back into the wilderness of her youth. Because of back problems she bought Karen Burger's book and shared it with me. What a revelation! I have a lot to learn, but I realize that for me, in this case, the point of a journey is not to arrive.

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All Forum Posts by JAMES CALL

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hybrid hiking shirt
My favorite shirt, a beartooth hoodie, is really getting worn out. To the extent that sewing has become a nightly ritual. Has anyone built a hybrid hiking shirt by "cutting-in" a syntheti...

In Make Your Own Gear » hybrid hiking shirt
January 28, 6:44pm

GG Gorilla 2012 vs ULA Ohm hip belt and shoulder strap comfort
My girlfriend is considering either the GG Gorilla 2012 or the ULA Ohm. Both packs have their pluses and minuses. What would tip the scale in either direction would be the relative comfort of the h...

In GEAR » GG Gorilla 2012 vs ULA Ohm hip belt and shoulder strap comfort
December 16, 9:07pm

PCT quilt
Like was said above, don't overlook JRB. The Hudson River is now on sale ( This is the quilt I've been using on the PCT for 3 years now...

In GEAR » PCT quilt
December 28, 4:19pm

Hudson River
Joshua, I bought a Hudson River over 3 years ago and have hiked the majority of the PCT with it, getting in over 2100 miles this last summer. It was a cold year. I love being able to open it up al...

In GEAR » Tigoat Sierra Sniveller or Jacks R better
December 17, 1:31pm

Sierra Nevada
Garry, I share your peeve. Sierra is already plural. Sierra Nevada means snow covered mountains. It's what the Spanish explorers saw when the looked to the East. To be constructive, it can sno...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Weather in the Sierras
November 24, 4:26pm

Including the weight of water
On my gear lists, I have three catagories: A-Baseweight B-Consumables C-Items always worn or carried I tend to look at my Packweight(A+B)and my Full-skinout (A+B+C), but I've learned not to...

In GEAR » Including the weight of water
November 24, 4:08pm

Extra help planning my Sierra trip
Dan, Have you considered continuing your hike on the PCT? You could continue either North to Sonora Pass (about 75 miles) or South to Kennedy Meadows (about 65 miles). On your second question, If ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Extra help planning my Sierra trip
November 24, 3:22pm

A Lesson Learned
I used the Lightrek 4's for a little over 2100 miles on the PCT this last summer and absolutely love them! I had 3 problems with them. I broke both a lower and an upper section in snow, and had...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Trekking Pole Review
November 19, 3:43pm

Titanium Water Bottles?
Rob from Exotac has a bottle on his web site: and is taking preorders to gauge interest. It looks like the ...

In GEAR » Titanium Water Bottles?
February 14, 8:18pm

Quilts? Which one for me
George, I have used the Jacks R Better Hudson River for 2 years now and absolutely love it. As explained above, the footbox is "made" with the omni tape. But maybe more specific for your...

In GEAR » Quilts? Which one for me
September 16, 5:02pm

All Reader Reviews by JAMES CALL

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Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I absolutely love this bivy! I've used it for a 150 mile section hike and several over-nighters in 2009 and pretty much lived out of it for over 2100 miles on the PCT this last summer. The only d...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
November 20, 1:53pm