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Robert Blean (blean) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Jose -- too far from Sierras
About Me Backpacking since winter camping meant an Army surplus poncho over a couple of feet of boughs (OK back then). Eastern winter mountaineering (lowest temp -40F). Traditional style Canadian canoe trips (tump lines, wanigan boxes, canvas/wood canoes). Now UL in the West.
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As a non-GPS-owner I am surprised by this. I would have expected that: *) This day and age you could download corrections for your GPS *) At a minimum, you could send it back to the manu...

In GEAR » GPS data vs Compass Declination
December 15, 9:57am

Have you tried an ear band? My experience is that if I am hiking up a mountain, or worse yet show shoeing, it has to get pretty darned cold before I'm interested in any kind of a hat. Up un...

In GEAR » Winter hiking and perspiration
December 15, 8:59am

Re: ADK Winter Mountaineering School
I understand. I have not looked up their current prices but last I knew it was not cheap -- not even if you tent out instead of staying in the Loj. That's too bad because the experience itsel...

In Winter Hiking » FYI: winter handbook
December 13, 7:30pm

Map is fundamental
In my experience the fundamental thing is being very good reading a topographic map. The only way to get to that stage is plenty of practice. Do things like at every rest stop and every high poin...

In GEAR » GPS necessary for the CDT?
December 13, 8:33am

Re: Best choice among the UL hooded down jackets?
" I'm afraid that even with all my layers on ... I won't be warm enough while sitting in camp on cold nights and mornings." 1) Why will you be "sitting in camp on cold nig...

In GEAR » Best choice among the UL down jackets?
December 12, 3:22am

Re: bear container
"What offsets the size of my meals, are the two cups per day (obviously half that on the first and last days) of dog food. Now I am considering freeze dried kibble if I get her used to it befo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Light" gear list to shoot for?
December 09, 1:52am

All good suggestions. What I meant to say is that the doctor said it is hard to have enough dietary potassium to break the diarrhea cycle once it gets going. He gave the guy some big purple pot...

In Gear Lists » 8# base weight high sierra gear list. critiques?
December 08, 8:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Final questions for a PLB purchase
"A PLB has to use that 5 watts to hit a satellite 10x farther away. So 1/2 watt to a close satellite versus 5 watts to a far away satellite." I would have expected power needed to be p...

In GEAR » Final questions for a PLB purchase
December 08, 7:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Caldera Cone 12-10 and StarLyte Simmer Device
"If someone wants a sample of the ones I've come up with let me know. The response to this new device is low which makes me think everyone has settled in on their own ways of simmering(lik...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone 12-10 and StarLyte Simmer Device
December 08, 7:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Caldera Cone 12-10 and StarLyte Simmer Device
"Trail Designs came out with simmer device but yet to see it on the market or see results posted by those that were sent samples to test." Trail Designs Simmer Ring offers a) $9.95 ...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone 12-10 and StarLyte Simmer Device
December 08, 6:54pm

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Sawyer In-Line Filter
Sawyer Point One Inline Water Filter (SP122) The filter Tony used in his gravity filter system (described above) is the SP121. Since then a newer version, the SP122, has come out. Both use the sa...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
March 05, 9:26pm