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Benjamin Crowley (benajah) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale West, now
About Me Originally a proper woodsman from the southern Appalachians, grew up with 3 week long bear hunting trips carrying only rifle, axe, knife, sleeping bag, tarp and cook pot, since I was about, 4 years old.
Went in the army and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times and really learned about lightpacking and living with zero impact.
Nowadays I mix the two, depending on where I go. The "wilderness population" dictates how low impact I am versus how much I "live off the land" and I ebb and flow depending on the location.
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Done with stoves, no more
Now before I get a lot of people telling me about how it's bad, let me give some background. I grew up way back in the backwoods of the mountains in northern Georgia...we would routinely take ...

In GEAR » Done with stoves, no more
September 15, 11:15pm

Re: Re: Effect of long-term long-distance hiking on health
pretty good point. I was a carpenter before I went in the army. I was an infantryman in the army. Spent 20 years or so carrying loads around, running around, hiking all day every day. Now I got th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Effect of long-term long-distance hiking on health
July 12, 11:25pm

Multiple viewpoints
So here is the thing. You get into the backcountry and there are a whole lot of environments you might go into, and a whole lot of things you might be doing. Sometimes...I like to do my "knif...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
July 12, 11:06pm

Re: Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system &lt;3 days?
I don't know. I don't generally go to the heavily used areas, but I have found that enough wood fuel to make a pot of coffee makes no impact on the environment. I can use dried grass if nee...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
July 12, 10:58pm

Best advice ever
My uncle told me when I was a kid "You only need three things when you go in the woods, a pocket knife, a hatchet, and a bic lighter. If you can't get by with that, you don't have any ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Single best piece of advice ever given? What's yours?
January 06, 11:14pm

Re: Re: Your opinions on shelter
My sister is scared of animals climbing under the tarp(that is very silly). I went to take my dog out to pee the other night, right on the front porch, in the suburbs, old boy got sprayed by a s...

In GEAR » Your opinions on shelter
January 06, 11:03pm

Re: Re: My Stuff...
Yes you do. The heat from the sparking will totally ruin the temper on a knife blade. Quickly too.

In Philosophy & Technique » If you were seperated from your pack...
December 31, 2:00pm

Re: Professional Backpacking.....
In reality, if you are single, no kids, etc, there are many ways to make a living backpacking. Once you decide you want to have kids though, the money really becomes much more important, as does pr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Professional Backpacking.....
December 25, 2:26pm

Changing attitudes towards guns
I think over the years attitudes towards guns have changed a lot. In the 40s 50s and maybe 60s, people who wanted a gun for home defense would just use the same as you would for hunting, a rifle or...

In Philosophy & Technique » UL with a gun?
December 17, 9:40pm

for winter, a snow peak
In winter I carry a snow peak, cause I cook in my tent some and its just safer for inside a tent. In the summer, its either a whisperlite or I just make a fire. Really I only boil water for coffee....

In GEAR » Who Uses Canister Stoves?
December 17, 9:20pm

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