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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: VBL temperature range
Peter's statements match my experience also. In a sleeping bag with an added slip-in VBL, you can vary the warmth by rolling down the VBL--to reduce the warmth, and vice versa, along with zipp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Use VBL @ 35 degrees in 40-degree bag, or bring warmer bag?
September 07, 4:23pm

Re: Re: Re: Repackaging food/Sarah/Thank You
Sarah, Thank you for all the excellent food advice you have posted. I'm a very infrequent poster/reader here but whenever I see a post with your name on it I'll usually read it.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Repackaging food - how far ahead?
August 18, 12:06pm

Re: Calorie calculating website
Here's another good one:

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » calorie calculating website
August 10, 7:48pm

Multi-Use Hammock
Not ultralight but a great way to stay clean:

In Hammocks » Multi-Use Hammock
July 07, 12:12pm

Re: disbursement camping in Mojave Preserve
Another source:

In Pre-Trip Planning » disbursement camping in Mojave Preserve
July 06, 4:52pm

Re: Still Looking
Russell, Your idea may work pretty well. I did something similar with a pair of Sealskinz socks--coated the bottoms with silicone and rubbed in some sand for traction. If you use Super Feet inso...

In GEAR » lightest camp shoes
June 16, 9:20am

Re: Chess
Here's a velcro version: Its best feature: you can toss the game to your opponent w/o messing up the board.

In GEAR » Chess in the Backcountry
May 03, 4:18pm

Re: Re: Mini Wax Stove Update+Olive Oil (?)
Russell, Pretty neat idea and design. I wonder how your stove would work using olive oil on the pads--versus wax. If it works (?) one could have a dual-use fuel.

In Make Your Own Gear » Mini Wax Stove Update
April 25, 7:40pm

Re: Could we please add a new Forum for the The Natural World, for discussion of flora, fauna, geology?

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Could we please add a new Forum for the The Natural World, for discussion of flora, fauna, geology?
April 13, 1:34pm

Re: Everclear +1
I'm with Gary--Everclear (190 proof) always comes out ahead in my stove/kettle setup. Everclear: 11 grams to boil SLX: 12-13 grams to boil 473 grams water (2 cups) @ 39F,...

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 1:40pm

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