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Stuart Bilby (StuBilby) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale New Zealand
About Me I live in Auckland New Zealand. I am addicted to the wild and remote gorges, rainforests and glaciers of the South Island's west coast. I have survived four expeditions to the Himalayas and love the wilds of Western Nepal.
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Purple mushrooms
I have heard a cute story that the New Zealand purple mushrooms are magic and that if you see one you will find what you are looking for. So far when I have seen one I have been looking for the tra...

In Photo Gallery » William's saddle NZ
July 17, 2:48am

Tarps and Nepal
Ryan On my last couple of trips to Nepal I have used just a tarp (3 m x 3 m) for 3 of us or an Oware 11 x 11 foot Pyramid for 5 people. Very light. Generally Nepalese campsites are open grassy yak...

In GEAR » Shelter: Himalayan Trekking
April 12, 9:12pm

Re: Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things
I use the Victorinox Signature; like the Classic but with a pen instead of the toothpick. I use the scissors most, especially for trimming nails, but the blade is nice for real food like onions, ga...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things
May 24, 3:06am

Permethrin and merino durability
Great article, nice to see solid measured numerical results. The permethrin works well on merino. I haven't noticed any change in performance or feel of the fabric. The icebreaker skin weight...

In Editor's Roundtable » Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers
August 04, 9:12pm

Re: Anti-Lightweight prejudice?
Yes the first time it happened to me I was astonished. Smart, experienced. technically minded people, who I had backpacked with before - who were angry my gear was so light. I still don't really un...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anti-Lightweight prejudice?
July 18, 4:05am

Mesh pockets
Macpac 35 Amp has tough mesh pockets. I Love them. Mounted on bungees on your belly they don't interfere with my thighs when stepping up like most hipbelt mounted pockets. Review to be published soon.

In GEAR » Tough but light backpack?
May 05, 10:03pm

Top Down Only Bags?
I reviewed the Pod30 and I really like it. I have used lots of top bags and this is my favourite. It is well designed without cold spots and good for me (warm sleeper) at its temperature rating wit...

In GEAR » Ultralight sleeping bag
April 27, 7:10pm

vapr bivy performance/zipper
Jerry I damaged the zipper the first night I used it. I unzipped it until just the little metal tip at the start of the coil was joined, but nothing was zipped up. At some point in the night with ...

In GEAR » BPL Vapor Bivy Sack vs. Oware Epic Bivy Sack
April 08, 3:30am

Vapr Bivy vs Bibler Winter Bivy
I have used the Bibler extensively over the last couple of years. Recently I lost it and replaced it with the Vapr because it is lighter. I found the Bibler great and rarely had significant issu...

In GEAR » BPL Vapor Bivy Sack vs. Oware Epic Bivy Sack
April 07, 7:40pm

Tarp condensation and wind
There was a lot of really interesting stuff in Mariah's article. I always assumed that wind reduced condensation because it carried moist breath away from the tent. This interestingly showed that t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Condensation in Ultralight Shelter Systems
December 06, 10:15pm

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