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Albert K. (archer) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northeastern U.S.
About Me My first introduction to backpacking was through the Boy Scouts. I was immediately hooked, heavy external frame, huge sleeping bag, steel pot, and all.

30+ years later, I'm still a Boy Scout, and still love hitting the trail. I also still haven't gotten the gear thing right yet...

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All Forum Posts by Albert K.

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Re: LIghtweight Philmont Experince
Youth were 15 and 16 year old cross country runners; all boy scouts with limited backpacking experience (under 10 total prior trips). Only other adult was a 22 year old runner. I'm 44. UL wa...

In Philmont » LIghtweight Philmont Experince
August 20, 4:24pm

A Few thoughts
Below are a few ideas I had after reviewing your lists. Feel free to take or leave any of them as you see fit. I hope some of it helps, even if in a small way. Oh, and good luck on your journey!...

In Philmont » Philmont Checklist
June 11, 5:20am

It Depends
Like most, my base weight depends on where I'm going and what I'd doing. Worst case scenario is 14.4 lbs. That's what I'll be carrying to Philmont this summer for a 12 day trek,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Base Weight poll...
May 13, 9:49am

Chris Reeve's Sbenza
I'm not sure how much you're looking to spend, but many (me included) feel the Chris Reeve's Sbenza is the best production folder on the market, bar none. The blade takes an incredib...

In GEAR » A serious lightweight blade
March 07, 7:03am

See a Podiatrist
First of all, I feel your pain. Sharp, stabbing pain every step isn't within the realm of normal aches and pains, and you probably don't have to live with it. My recc. is to see a podia...

In GEAR » Insoles for an overpronator?
March 07, 6:26am

Bear Vault
Not directly on point, but I've spent lots of time in Shenandoah NP, which is chock full of black bears (saw 3 on my last trip). I've used the large Bear Vault for the last two years the...

In GEAR » Sierra Folks - What's your bear cannister of choice?
January 21, 8:37am

Mix it up.
Run - 3 days per week, about an hour a shot, year round (various courses, some hilly, some flat, sometimes I go slow, sometimes fast), plus: May - Sept - Swim 3 days per week (1 mile per sesson...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do You Train?
January 19, 8:22pm

Floor Saver
I'm curious. Tent users - Do you use a floor saver? If so, why (i.e. any bad experiences when not using one)? If not, how long have you used your tent w/o a puncture (looking for rough estim...

In GEAR » Floor Saver
January 19, 2:17pm

Mine's little smaller than expected.
I have a Diad and use it for any trip where the low is expected to be above freezing. I would push it lower, but its too snug to use with my winter camp layer. My chest is 44", I have a la...

In GEAR » North Face DIAD jacket sizing?
January 15, 12:23pm

It came yesterday
John, the pack came yesterday. It looks great. I'm busy with work, but just had to take a break, load it with 27 lbs of stuff, and walk around the house for a bit. I'm thrilled wit...

In Gear Swap » FS: Six Moons Design Starlight
January 10, 9:45am

All Reader Reviews by Albert K.

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Tarptent Contrail
I only have one night in the shelter, but I did pitch it in moderate winds under humid conditions. Here are my initial thoughts: 1. Simple to set up/fast pitch - Very I had mine set in just a few...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
April 03, 2:11am

Jacks R Better No Sniveller quilt
The title says it all. I just got back from a winter camping trip on which I used the No Sniveller for the first time. It's now my fav. piece of gear. Here's a few observations: 1. Te...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 26, 7:31am

Granite Gear Vapor Trail
I though this pack was OK for loads up to 23 lbs. Over that, the weak plastic frame sheet buckled. At 30 lbs, I found it to be very uncomfortable. I'm not sure why you would use a pack this...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
January 19, 1:45pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
Likes: 1. Small/easy to pack 2. Goes from pack to boiling water with amazing speed and ease 3. Fuel efficient 4. Bullet Proof (mine has been anyway) 5. Weather-proof - rain and wind have no im...

In Stoves - Canister
January 19, 1:37pm

Six Moon Designs StarLite
This is the best UL pack I've ever used, period. I've tried many others and none handle a 30 lb load (my max 3 season load, for cold, arid terrain) nearly as well. I tried it with stays an...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 15, 6:00am

MSR Hubba
While I'm not thrilled with the weight, the utterly storm-proof nature of this shelter, combined with its very small footprint, makes it my go to tent. That it's free standing is a nice bonus...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
January 15, 5:33am

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
I love this pad because it provides outstanding comfort in a reasonably compact package. It's a bit heavy, but it smooths out amazingly large rocks, roots, etc. in those less than perfect campsit...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 15, 5:00am