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Jonathan Smith (Drewsmith) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Colorado Rockies
About Me Started backpacking in 1967 and (apart from my 3 years living in Indiana) have never stopped. I've been section-hiking the Colorado Trail the last 4 years, and gotten to Marshall Pass so far. I'm not fanatic about weight, possibly because I like to load up my Newfoundland dog and use him as a pack animal. The important thing is to go, and to have a good time.
CityBoulder
StateCO
CountryUnited States
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All Forum Posts by Jonathan Smith

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Re: 3 day trips
I was in Crested Butte 2 weekends ago, and the passes were very difficult - one couple said they thought they were going to get swept away fording W Maroon Cr. At Diamond L in the Indian peaks last...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Ideas for a 3 day trip in Colorado?
July 17, 8:47pm

Snow is quite likely
Last April we had 48 inches of snow in Boulder, meaning 60+ in the mountains. This was above average but by no means freakish. If you want to travel west of the peak to peak highway you will be muc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Day hikes near Denver?
March 24, 6:31pm

Re: Do you carry a backup fire starter?
I have had a mini-Bic fail spectacularly, with the wheel, flint and spring flying out of the top as I was trying to light a fire to boil water my coffee. Not to worry, I thought, I have my REI sto...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
February 20, 6:25pm

Another fine entry
Enjoyable as always, you have a fine appreciation for wilderness and a good trekking esthetic. Sometimes the writers on tis site seem a bit too obsessed with logging miles rather than experiences. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Goose Creek Loop
July 15, 10:02pm

Did you ever make it over Buchanan?
There is some truly wild and lovely country on the west side of Buchanan Pass. Fox Park in particular is one of the most scenic areas in the Rockies, in my estimation. That is, assuming that the p...

In Post-Trip Reports » Indian Peaks Wilderness (My 2nd US BP trip)
July 15, 8:47am

Anza Borrego XC: Sat, 11/19 thru Sun. 11/20/2012
Well done, Craig - your photos did a great job of capturing the sense of austere mystery that has always been the essence of the desert for me.

In Post-Trip Reports » Anza Borrego XC: Sat, 11/19 thru Sun. 11/20/2012
November 24, 6:25am

Re: A Beer, A Burger and an Adventure -Post Trip Noshing
I will heartily second Oskar Blues when heading back from RMNP or anywhere in the St. Vrain headwaters. For South Park trips, the little burger stand in the converted caboose in Jefferson (just be...

In Post-Trip Reports » A Beer, A Burger and an Adventure -Post Trip Noshing
October 25, 8:55pm

Re: Never Summer Wilderness: Bowen Peak Ridge
Excellent report. I take it this was pretty late in the season, as even into late July the Never Summers were pretty snow packed. Nice job of doing some creative route finding in an area that is ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Never Summer Wilderness: Bowen Peak Ridge
October 25, 8:38pm

The Colorado Trail - a Weminuche Alternative
"Goodbye old friend. Thank you." I was standing at the trailhead at Spring Creek Pass, about to begin an 8 day trek. This would normally be a moment of release, when mundane realitie...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Colorado Trail - a Weminuche Alternative
September 21, 10:16pm

Caldera Cone: Alcohol vs. Esbit for low temperatures
I've used both snow camping this winter in temps from the low teens to mid 20's, and they both worked fine, boiling 600 mL of water (not snow) in 7-8 minutes. Or maybe 8-10, I wasn't ...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone: Alcohol vs. Esbit for low temperatures
June 10, 10:56pm

All Reader Reviews by Jonathan Smith

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MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho The new Pro
Like George I started with a GoLite tarp, but found it a bit too small for adequate coverage. I've had the MLD tarp for a year now and and am fully satisfied with its performance both as a tar...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 13, 9:49am

CAMP Magic Anorak
I had been looking for a wind shirt but was not quite ready to drop $80+ on one when I found the CAMP Magic Anorak on sale last year for $30 (it is now priced at $90). I ordered a large, but found ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 04, 5:54pm

MSR Dromedary Bag (w/ hydro kit)
The attraction of this bag for me is its versatility - a wide mouth for filling, a hydration kit for trail use, and a narrow mouth/spigot for camp use. A shower attachment is also available, but I ha...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
August 28, 11:08am

Klymit Inertia X Frame
I've used this pad on two trips now - a two-night stay in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, and an eight-night trip through the Weminuche Wilderness. The main attraction of this pad is its light we...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 28, 10:48am