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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: heating it up to 170 F is sufficient
Jerry this issue has been covered before: Unless your heat...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 30, 11:27am

Gatewood Cape+upgrade
I'll chime in and add that this is my favorite one person shelter as well--mine is now going on 8 years. One 'upgrade' I'd suggest is to replace the stake out loops with thin shock...

In GEAR » SMD Gatewood Cape Questions
January 22, 1:05pm

Once you allow Mt. Bikes....
....expect these (or worse) to be right around the corner. Yikes--'Billy Bob' (with large beer belly and a 12 pack) will be able...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 19, 1:26pm

Re: VBL question
Edward if you have a low perspiration rate (?) a sleeping bag VBL liner may work well for you. Last night I finally got to view the Geminid Meteor shower and used an older 40F down bag at about 2...

In GEAR » VBL question
December 14, 11:43am

Re: Re: mt biking in wilderness history
Roger nicely stated. It's good to see at least some of the BPL "Staff" members are looking at this logically.

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
November 30, 1:57pm

Re: Another View
"I read, post and reply at BPL for almost entirely non- Gear Swap reasons. I pose a few questions at times. I answer a lot more. And I find FS items to be bothersome clutter if I'm trying ...

In Gear Swap » Bumping Not Allowed People
October 28, 1:12pm

Re: Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
Greg in you first post you mentioned adding alum. Was it something like this: I've never tried this but maybe (?) it would be easier/cheap...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
October 09, 8:02pm

Re: Dri Down, Does it work? --YMMV
Patagonia Encapsil: I'd wait myself--looks like the technology is not there yet and the lifespan of the down (loft) is likely less than regula...

In GEAR » Dri Down, Does it work?
October 04, 1:31pm

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

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