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Steve Martell (Steve) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Washington
About Me Former Navy Submariner--USS Grayling SSN 646

Current part-time Hiker

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All Forum Posts by Steve Martell

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Re: Calling out ankle woes sufferers
I can sympathize with many comments posted here--I too frequently sprain my left ankle to the point it's almost a hobby! There are many variables for each person but here's what I do: ...

In GEAR » Calling out ankle woes sufferers
September 03, 2:08pm

Wonderland Trail + Nutella 'Hazards'
My wife and I recently car camped at White River Campground--WT passes through here and some hikers also camp. Lots of bear activity observed--a small black bear roaming through unattended campsi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wonderland - 1st Week Sept
August 18, 8:24am

Re: Leukotape Repackaging
The tape on the roll is stuck to itself. Do the same thing using a plastic card (Starbucks, Subway, etc)--free at store if cash balance is $0. This is what I do and it works great. Another ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
July 23, 1:31pm

Re: How to keep the tent cool for napping children
Try this: http://gizmodo.com/fill-this-cooler-with-icy-water-and-it-doubles-as-an-ai-1608449446 ....but I'm not packing it in for you!

In GEAR » Napping -how to keep the tent cool for napping children?
July 21, 4:47pm

Re: Re: Jerry/Kifaru chair
In response to dk and a few others that PM'd me: Here's a close up of the back of my 'Kifaru-like' ground chair--please excuse the crude hand-sewn stitching :( ....but so fa...

In Philosophy & Technique » Technique: How do you Sit on the Ground (Comfortably)?
June 16, 11:57am

Re: Technique: How do you Sit on the Ground (Comfortably)
Picture yourself in a small shelter (Gatewood Cape) during a prolonged rain storm. After this experience I carry a chair on almost all my trips now--worth the extra 6.5 oz IMHO. I've model...

In Philosophy & Technique » Technique: How do you Sit on the Ground (Comfortably)?
June 06, 6:43pm

Multi-Use Ultralight Oven
Ultralight Hikers Oven: I thought I'd share this for others that might be interested. Small campfire required--but real baking in a small/light and foldable package. The oven (1) a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Multi-Use 'Easy Bake Oven'
April 13, 7:01pm

Re: How to use your trekking pole strap
Nice video Franco. Count me as a fellow strap user. I've shown a few friends the benefits of straps also....that they didn't need to have a 'death grip' (strapless) hold on the...

In Philosophy & Technique » How to use your trekking pole strap
April 02, 5:04pm

Re: Glacier Peak Wilderness
If you want another challenge add the spur trail up to Gamma Peak. This is an abandoned trail so navigation up to the ridge can be tricky. This is also the route to a rarely visited hot springs...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier Peak Wilderness
February 08, 6:42pm

Re:Double layer tent+wood stove
" I think the 1 mil polyethelene heet sheet type IR reflective stuff is better and tougher than the ubiquitous mylar space blankets--instead of quick tearing like the mylar" +1 This c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
February 06, 9:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Steve Martell

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Starlyte Starlyte Simmer stove
I concur with the above and I'm quite impressed on the efficiency of this stove. With my current cooking setup (prototype bottle/kettle with fireproof cozy) I've managed several 2 cup boils u...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 13, 5:52pm

Archtek Toothpaste Tablets
Very convenient versus toothpaste-in-a-tube. These are also more stable than homemade 'toothpaste dots'. A +two week supply easily fit in a mini ziplock (drug store/medication size) and t...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 23, 11:04am

ULA Equipment
Can't say much more-- *Excellent gear. *Excellent customer service.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 31, 8:28am

Dachstein Wool Alp Hat
Pros: Hat deserves a "6" on the BPL 0-5 scale--wearing it can off-set the need for one of your clothing layers, very warm--even when damp, doesn't absorb much water and dries quic...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
May 20, 11:39am

Garmin Foretrex 301
Combine this unit with their TOPO 24K DVD software and you have an incredibly powerful navigational tool. Adding a basic gps with downloaded waypoints greatly improves off trail navigation. Pr...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
October 24, 11:11am

Princeton Tec BYTE Headlamp
Pros: Light weight (1.9 oz w/lithium vs. my EOS—3.7 oz w/lithium), plenty of light (in white) for most activities, Red and white LEDs, Easy battery changes, Low cost. Cons: Red LED should ha...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 17, 10:35am

Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
Slept 3 nights in mine and have been very pleased. At 6.7 oz. you can't get much lighter. Even a Cuben hammock would be close to this weight, cost much more and likely would require more caut...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
April 16, 1:36pm

Sorry Java Juice but for a fast & easy cup of coffee this stuff is now at the top of my list. Pros: Small lightweight packets, great flavor compared to all the other instants I've tried. ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
November 22, 10:01am

Zelph's Stoveworks SS Starlyte Ultralyte Alcohol Stove
Very nice stove—may even replace my trusty “Pepsi-can” stove. Pros: Light weight with integrated pot support. Very quiet and very fuel efficient. Looks neat. Cons: Pot support not perfect. I...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 04, 9:40pm

Stabilicers Cleats (Traction Screws for footwear)
Pros: Cheapest and lightest way to add significant traction to footwear Cons: Not as good as Microspikes or crampons. BPL doesn't sell them. These are basically sheet metal screws (1/2” de...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 16, 8:40pm