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Bernard Shaw ( - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Upstate New York
About Me Avid Mountaineer, Trip Leader, Kayak Instructor and Educator, my love of people, wildlife, nature, and photography are fulfilling balances to my profession of child psychology and compassionate assistance for complex child and adult abuse situations. I have had a wonderful life and feel fortunate to have a loving partner, good friends, and wonderful outdoor students and professional clients. Please feel free to email me for integrated outdoor adventures whether to the High Sierras or On the water!
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All Forum Posts by Bernard Shaw

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Altitude sickness
Guys, as role models, you should mention that either you both are NOT prone to altitude problems or that you were exceptionally lucky to not get major illness from jumping off a plane massive first...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
January 21, 5:54am

Remember the Extreme Pro Tech Emergency Bag????
Do you tech weenies remember the Extreme Pro Tech Emergency Bag? Not a sleeping pad, but related to the NeoAir by virtue of using baffles to reflect heat back to the user. I wonder if it suf...

In Editor's Roundtable » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad Review
May 06, 8:31am

compare with jetboil and new msr reactor
I wonder what you with technical knowledge think about the safety of running the new jetboil and reactor stoves at full tilt, or in any conditions that might stress them. Are they safer in some re...

In Editor's Roundtable » Exploding Gas Canisters: The Hazard of Overheating
May 02, 3:07pm

Adding a beak, amazing result!
I added a beak using the same matierial purchased through Gossamer Gear to the "high" end of the tarp. One edge of the beeak is velcroed, allowing entry and exit. The results are terrifi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW
April 18, 6:37am

Nice to have more light and less heat!
Yes, thankyou indeed! BPL is at its best with rigorous scientific methods applied to real world concerns. So so many web backpacking sites have a great deal of heat (dogma) and very little light...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or Not?
February 21, 6:01am

Does Reflect-Tex work? Help!
Hi BPL'ers. TG offers products with Reflect-Tex fabric. They feel it is factually helpufl What might you all know or think about this? Their statement: We are very excited about Ref...

In GEAR » Does Reflect-Tex work? Help!
February 08, 8:34am

SD Assailant vs former Divine Lightening!
I wonder what Will and others feel are the meritis of the new Assailant vs the former out of production but excellent SD one person WB trapezoidal Divine Lightening. IT was 2 lb 3 oz. and had very...

In GEAR » SD Assailant vs former Divine Lightening!
January 28, 12:00pm

Sincere appreciation
You have done us a service by looking into the merits and problems with using these poles. Thank you, used carefully they can be wonderful. You are right to show us that like anything that has a c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview
September 17, 7:31am

I love these poles!
Good, factual and fair review, as usual! I use one Goat Pole as my tarp and hiking pole doing the JMT with them, over high water, ice & snow, dangerous spots on passes etc. Really fabulous in ever...

In Editor's Roundtable » Titanium Goat, Goat Poles Trekking Pole REVIEW
September 06, 8:04am

I second this important advice
I heartil second this advice. Both in terms of possible life deeath survival in the occasion of a storm, wind, wet, and cold, and in the record attempt. Lack of proper sleep and rest will debilit...

In Editor's Roundtable » John Muir Trail (JMT) Record Attempt - Unsupported, Without Resupply
August 25, 6:31am

All Reader Reviews by Bernard Shaw

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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
Definitely 5/5. 47 sq. ft. useable area for 8.0 oz of the best spinnaker cloth available this is a very versatile tarp for two plus their gear. A Pletntitude of stake loop, very high quality stitchi...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 16, 7:24pm

Titanium Goat 2 section poles
These two section poles are very stiff, come apart and join effortlessly, are quiet, the tip is replaceable, very light, about 4.7 oz. per pole (the non-take down pole, 3.1 oz), and the handles comfor...

In Trekking Poles
April 08, 8:32pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
Well made and my own fault for not noting dimensions and specs. That said, fit is marginal at best for MSR titan kettle. I have to bend and grind it to modify it so it would work.

In Stoves - Other
March 09, 8:27pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
BPL has been clear about the limits of durability of the Possum material, so not a gripe here. Just, in my experience, even when baby them they wear out very very quickly. Thin spots develop even whe...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 7:25am