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John L Collins (WVCubDad) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Not too far off the Tuscarora Trail
About Me Mostly car camped as a kid, heavy gear but loads of fun.

Went through Army ROTC in college and learned their way of walking in the woods. Look like a tree, be the tree, cold camp, noise and light discipline, heavy heavy gear, long periods of boredom followed by a short time of high adrenaline, loud noises and explosions!

Got out, got married, had some kids, got into Scouting. Now I'm trying to get rid of the TA-50 setups and go lightweight. It's a process and I'm having fun doing it. Need to get better at it and that's why I'm here.
StateWild, Wonderful WV

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Re: BPL Meals For Scouts
Definitely love the freezer bag cooking method and have demonstrated it for our Troop on several trips. The boys thought It looked neat and have started using it. Each patrol has a copy of he book ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » BPL Meals for Scouts
July 27, 12:25pm

Sleeping bags for scouts
I have several US Army patrol sleeping bags that will stuff down into a green OR stuff sack (not sure what size) I got them on eBay for about $25 each. Both my kids use them and the label claims go...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Sleeping bags for scouts.
April 20, 4:16pm

Another option for a cheap, lightweight bag
I recently purchased a couple of lightwieght US Army Patrol sleeping bags on eBay for ~ $25 each. They are rated to 30 degrees, scrunch up much smaller than the intermediate cold weather bag I was ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Cheap, Light weight Sleeping Bag
March 16, 8:12pm

Re: Skurka on the cover of "Scouting" magazine
Cool, hope my copy gets here soon!!!

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Skurka on the cover of "Scouting" magazine
March 08, 6:32pm

Very nice article
This is great stuff! We are having a winter campout (okay, more of a rain event in the Eastern Panhandle of WV than snow) this weekend and we did a gear shakedown this past Sunday during our Tr...

In Editor's Roundtable » What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking
February 22, 1:37pm

Scouting ultralight article
Finally got my copy today in the mail and that was the first article I read. Interesting, I guess I was hoping for a bit more but it was a good list of stuff to invest in. I hope they continue to d...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Sept-Oct Scouting magazine article about packing light
September 29, 9:06pm

For Ivan on where to get Mike's book
Hi Ivan, If you have a Kindle or other electronic reader you can get it that way. I actually got my copy of Mike's book specifically for my Kindle as my dear wife has really started putting ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
August 27, 5:02pm

1920's and 1930's Scout Handbooks
Some of the earlier versions of the Boy Scout Handbooks have suggestions for making gear, everything from toilet kit rolls to packs, buckets and food bags. The soldiers that fought in WWII were Sco...

In Gear Lists » Totally Un-UL, Un Hi-tech list:
June 26, 10:58am

Neat Link
Thanks for posting that link about the assassin bug Kristin. As I looked at the page, I thought Wow that looks really familiar and when I read Hillary's request I couldn't stop chuckling. H...

In Editor's Roundtable » Small Wonders of Latin America - Global Test Photo Essay
February 20, 6:05am

Philmont Redux
Thanks for a very detailed and interesting write up. Your article as much as Doug's and Al's have intensified my desire to get out to Philmont. Since I'm in the process of reviving a l...

In Editor's Roundtable » Philmont Redux: A Returning Scouter’s Report
October 27, 5:01am

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