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David Thomas (DavidinKenai) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Rehydrating times?
Small pieces and thin layers. That helps both dehydrating and rehydrating. Also, an hour from camp, add water to your dinner. Heat the glop when you get to camp. That will save time and result ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Rehydrating times?
September 03, 1:47pm

Re: Re: Re: Pack first or last.?
Okay, James, you've convinced me. After long telling newbies to get their pack last (after they lightened and reduced the volume of their other gear), I see your points. Especially since it i...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 02, 8:14pm

EDC carry: really necessary? For me, yes.
When I fly in a small plane or am in an open boat, I ALWAYS have a PFD on and its pockets have a PLB, VHF, knife, line, and fire-starting gear. Because if the boat sinking or plane ditching goes r...

In Philosophy & Technique » EDC carry: really necessary?
September 02, 12:29pm

Re: Thank you!
Even if you end up with a ti-tri system, which some serious ULers like, everyone needs a basic canister stove IMNSHO. Super easy for a companion to use. Great during a power failure. A choice to co...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 01, 10:57pm

Re: Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
You're right - backpacks are a chicken&egg problem. And therefore probably the last of the "big 3" to get, once you've down-sized and UL'ed the rest of your kit. Since...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 01, 5:07pm

Re: The Value of PLBs, Even During an "Organized" Outing
As a member of such a group, I wouldn't have considered bringing a PLB unless I, personally, had some particular medical issue. As the leader of a group like that, I wouldn't have advised ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Value of PLBs, Even During an "Organized" Outing
August 31, 11:58pm

Re: Te Araroa / First Thru-Hike Gear List
Your gear, especially clothing, shelter and sleeping seems thoughtfully selected and quite light already. The only tweak I'd make on the clothing is to actually add to two (small) realms: U...

In Gear Lists » Te Araroa / First Thru-Hike Gear List
August 31, 7:51pm

If you must smoke, smoke fish.
Philip, Great video on the smoked fish. Tightly edited, well-captioned and good music - like all your videos. A year ago, I switched from a wet brine to a dry-pack. I use 4 parts brown suga...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear sits down beside photographer in Alaska
August 31, 12:01am

Re: McNeil
Yeah, what Philip said. I've been to Brooks Camp. My wife has also been to McNeil River. It's all about the fish. Not about the bipeds. Both locations have been well-enough managed o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear sits down beside photographer in Alaska
August 30, 3:19pm

No to Hiking poles for Bright Angel trail
I've hiked the BA (and SK and NK) many times, usually as a round trip in a day, usually solo, but recently with a 10 or 11-year-old along. In Winter, poles (and more so, ice cleats of some sor...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking poles for Bright Angel trail?
August 29, 2:22pm

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