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Drew 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.
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All Forum Posts by Drew Smith

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Re: Please help me with easy iPhone battery tests
Verizon iPhone 5 47% @ 9:41pm 43% @ 7:29am

In GEAR » Please help me with easy iPhone battery tests
June 07, 7:32pm

Re: Colorado Canyon Country – Little Bookcliffs WSA
Hey Paul, nice report as always. I've been looking for a W Colo trip this weekend, as the rain and snow in Boulder won't be letting up anytime soon. Is this route suitable for dogs? Spec...

In Post-Trip Reports » Colorado Canyon Country – Little Bookcliffs WSA
May 05, 10:11pm

Re: Bear Can or Hang on Four Pass Loop?
There are trees most places you'd want to camp, but not great ones for hanging. Like Greg said, it will be a hassle. I used an Ursack.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Can or Hang on Four Pass Loop?
April 28, 9:59pm

Re: Rocky Mountain National Park
Ouzel and Finch Lakes out of Wild Basin are not on a loop, but you could do a tour of them with just a few miles of backtracking. They are well below tree line and might not be too snowy if we have...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rocky Mountain National Park
April 26, 6:51pm

Re: Need advice - Colorado in mid June
You might consider the Mt Zirkel Wilderness. There are several 4-8 mile hikes into high lakes and they are all beautiful. There will be some snow, but you will not have to cross high passes. The to...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need advice - Colorado in mid June
April 24, 11:24pm

Smith Water Canyon
Just did this in March. It is mostly an easy bushwhack with a use trail up the canyon. You will have to do a rock scramble at the falls, but no ropes are needed.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Joshua Tree - Smith Water Canyon with 25lb pack?
April 24, 11:04pm

A great story, well-told, honest an real. I enjoyed every word. Might want to consider smiling in the selfies, though. Or is that a Swedish thing?

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
April 23, 10:16pm

Re: Ideas for 2-3 Day Colorado Summer Trip
As the other posters have noted, pretty much anywhere in CO is going to involve 10+K elevations. Both 4 Pass Loop and Chicago Basin are spectacular, but Chicago Basin is an out and back. It is al...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas for 2-3 Day Colorado Summer Trip
March 17, 10:10pm

Re: 100-mile trips...
The Collegiate Loop on the CT/CDT would be a pretty good fit: about 160 miles, incredible scenery, good high-country fishing, 14er opportunities, hot springs. The trail could be accessed by taking...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 02, 6:25pm

Re: Need some advice on gloves and mitts.
Matt, welcome to Boulder. My standard set of hand wear, good for a variety of conditions, and temps down to about -10F is: 1. OR VersaLiner gloves - a liner glove paired with a stowable wind p...

In GEAR » Need some advice on gloves and mitts.
February 18, 8:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Drew 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