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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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SMD 6 inch L stakes
I have not used the SMD stakes but they look similar in design to the short "u" shaped stakes Hilleberg sold me in 2006. They work well for softer soils. But as noted above, for harde...

In GEAR » Thoughts on SMD 6" L Stakes?
October 20, 9:13am

Black Bears and Your Food in Bear Country
I just read through this whole thread. It started with a question about the risk to the human if the human backpacker did not properly store his or her food in the manner required by the respect...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
September 14, 11:42am

Shelter Recommendation Needed
@Corwin If it were just you or you and an older hiker, I would say go with tarp plus bivy. But there are other considerations. You might think of what you and your son like to do at night befor...

In GEAR » Shelter Recommendation Needed
September 07, 6:25pm

New Suunto Core Owner
"..the altimeter readings do not jive." I wrote what I did earlier in this thread because from the original post, it seemed that you were looking at the Suunto's altitude differenc...

In GEAR » New Suunto Core owner - Help please.
September 01, 10:05pm

Sony a6000 vs OMD EM 10
There are some comparisons on the web. For example http://snapsort.com/compare/Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-vs-Sony-Alpha-A6000 I stepped up from Canon Digital Rebel plus a bunch of Canon glass inclu...

In Photography » Sony a6000 or OM-D EM10
September 01, 3:15pm

New Suunto Core Owner-Help Please
I own a very old Suunto Vector. You might try 1) Calibrating the Suunto versus a known good* reference, GPS or USGS map. 2) at point A take a measurement with the Suunto and with the refere...

In GEAR » New Suunto Core owner - Help please.
September 01, 2:17pm

Condition of the Road to Leavitt Lake
Thanks for the real time beta guys!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Condition of the Road to Leavitt Lake- Hoover Wilderness- PCT -Sonora Pass California SR 104
July 13, 5:04pm

Condition of the Road to Leavitt Lake- Hoover Wilderness- PCT -Sonora Pass California SR 104
I am planning a trip where the best TH would be Leavitt Lake. I had thought the road to it was a USFS road but looks like it is designated a jeep trail. According to the map it crosses two streams....

In Pre-Trip Planning » Condition of the Road to Leavitt Lake- Hoover Wilderness- PCT -Sonora Pass California SR 104
July 13, 10:16am

Using Bleach
To the question in the original post, while I think that soap and sunlight is the right answer, if I remember my college chemistry right, you will get the same chemical effect (the release of oxyge...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Using Bleach to Wash Clothes on the Trail
June 30, 9:50am

Best Watch with Thermometer and Alitmeter
When I bought my Suunto Vector in 2006 I looked at the Casio Pathfinder. I went with the Suunto because the display and the font is very large and readable, a real plus for me in two different use ...

In GEAR » Best watch with thermometer and altimeter?
June 27, 6:30pm

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm