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Alan Marcum (ammpilot) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale SF Bay Area
About Me Not interested in gonzo ultralight, but for lightening a more conventional load, getting week-long base weight to 15-18 lbs.

I enjoy gourmet cooking in the backcountry.

I love working with youth in the backcountry, instilling the love we feel for it, giving them the skills & perspective needed to live comfortably there.

Favorite trips: Emigrant Wilderness (Gianelli's Cabin to Emigrant Lake loop); Benchmark, Montana (Scapegoat Wilderness); Philmont; Half Dome.

Been married 20 yrs, teen son, pre-teen daughter. 40 years backpacking.

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All Forum Posts by Alan Marcum

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Re: Boots vs any other footwear
I was at Philmont late the summer of 2005, 803-E. I wore Scarpa ZG 65 GTX boots. I'm very willing to wear the additional weight of boots over trail runners to get the extra foot and ankle sup...

In Philmont » Backpacking Light @ Philmont
May 14, 6:03pm

Lake Alpine
Try Lake Alpine, just east of Bear Valley ski area on Highway 4. You'll need a SnoPark pass, and you'll park just about at the road closure before Ebbetts Pass. Though this is a popular...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Winter trip suggestions around within 4 hrs of bay area
January 24, 1:12pm

Philmont Experience - Worth It
There are a few questions in this thread about whether a Philmont trek is worth it, and some comments about other places to go backpacking for the summer. Philmont is worth it! But, Philmont ...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
January 18, 12:35pm

Re: Sub-2lbs double wall tent
A bunch of folks have written regarding a sub-2lb or sub-3lb double-wall tent. Check out Stephenson's Warmlite. Small outfit in New Hampshire, 50 years old, single- and double-wall tents. Spe...

In GEAR » If Only Someone Made A.....
October 31, 1:08pm

Re: philmont equipment
Philmont gives you a bunch of food. You can cook it as a crew, or you can break the crew up into smaller cook groups. If you've a relatively small crew (e.g., 7-9), you can get by pretty ea...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
June 17, 10:34pm

Lightweight Gear; Weather
First, a note on Philmont weather. Philmont experiences a monsoon in late July and early August. If your trek is a late 72x or an 80x or 81x (i.e., starting in late July or early August), plan for ...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
June 07, 6:04pm

All Reader Reviews by Alan Marcum

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Trader Joes Indian Fare
I've also enjoyed these and their predecessors. We used these early-on during a Scout 50 Miler in the Emigrant Wilderness a few years ago (2004), and three packs plus rice fed 9 hungry Scouts and ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
December 05, 10:34am

Eastern Mountain Sports
I used to shop EMS frequently, when I lived near Boston. Many years ago, I bought my first pair of hiking boots there. When I went looking for my latest pair of boots, I scoured the local shops (SF ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 17, 3:48pm

Orikaso Folding Bowl, Mug
You want to keep it light--really light--but you relish a hot meal at day's end. You're sticking with simple one-pot, add water meals, and eating from the pot, or cooking in that prized titani...

In Cookware - Other
July 05, 2:15pm

Maruchan Ramen
Be careful with this stuff. Much of that sodium is from MSG, and many, including I, are very sensitive to MSG, especially in the quantities in stuff like this.

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
June 08, 5:20pm

Just Tomatoes Just Veggies
Like James, I get the larger sizes and repackage for trail use. I keep this stuff at work, for a snack or, rehydrated, for lunch (added to a bowl of noodles or quick-cook rice). I've been using...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
June 08, 5:18pm

Scarpa ZG 65 XCR
Purchased spring 2004. The most comfortable hiking boot I've ever had--and that includes a pair of custom-made Limmers (25 years ago) that simply fit and never needed breaking in. (How could of...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 08, 4:03pm

MSR SimmerLite
I used an MSW Whisperlite for many years. When the Simmerlite came out, I was interested in the lighter weight and the purported improved ability to simmer well. I've been please with the light...

In Stoves - White Gas
June 08, 12:20pm

Stephenson 2R
I've now had my Warmlite 2R for a couple of years, and in a couple good wind storms (well, good for the SF Bay Area): one with 40 gusting 50, one with 30 gusting 40 and rainy. Tent held up fabulou...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
June 06, 4:28pm

I picked up this pack also on sale. Alas, REI discontinued it--or so I thought. Rather, they changed a few things and now call it the "Quick UL 45." Robert wished for a bigger stretch poc...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 06, 4:07pm