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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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Inov 8 Roclite 315
@ David Have you tried UK or Europe sources? I see that Ultralight Outdoorgear UK (who sold me my 400s) still has some in 315s stock. Also you can get to the Amazon UK and Amazon EU sites w...

In GEAR » Recommendation for PCT thru-hiking shoe (to replace Inov-8 Roclite 315)
April 16, 1:44pm

Light 2P Freestanding Tent; REI T2….
My wife and I were using the original T2. Excellent tent except as noted by another poster above its usable length. The side walls are rather steep but the end walls slope such that at 6 feet 2 inc...

In GEAR » For a light 2P Freestanding Tent: REI T2, T2 Plus, CS UL3 or other? Comments on T2 appreciated
April 11, 1:08pm

Footwear and Raingear- Scotland in July
I am sure the many UK walkers on BPL will chime in shortly. I have not done the West Highland Way but done other walks in the Lake District, Northumbria, and the Cairngorms. It is the storms ...

In GEAR » Footwear and raingear recommendations: Scotland in July
April 11, 9:45am

Sierra Snowpack 2015
Yes Big Ag consumes a lot of water today. Yes many Southern Calif towns get their water from NorCal rivers. But this is all the result of decades if not a century of wrong headed public policy o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
April 04, 12:42pm

Would You Buy This Tent
golly gee folks. Car camping tents for the family with kids is just as legitimate as a topic for this forum as many of the other topics posted. I would check out the Big Agnes car camping and ba...

In GEAR » Would you buy this tent?
April 02, 10:56am

Philmont Cooking Techniques
On the issue of pots. Our crew of 12 took 3 Open Country four liter pots, not the large heavy aluminum 12 liter pot. We only needed 2 pots. While certain practices like freezer bag cooking are n...

In Philmont » Philmont Cooking Technique
March 19, 6:16pm

Crampons for the GC
The gift shop at the GC was selling instep campons last winter I think for $15 to 20 each. You could call ahead and ask. Did not see anyone renting crampons. I would not buy anything but Kahtoola ...

In GEAR » Crampons for the Grand Canyon
February 28, 10:19am

Prolite
Stephen Thanks I was on their site just two weeks ago pricing out Hilleberg tents. But today I see that while the site is up I cannot log in. Their web site must still be running at the hosting...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 18, 4:58pm

Winter down bag decision- Prolite Gear
@Eric. GoLite filed for bankruptcy. Prolite Gear in Bozeman is still going strong as far as I know. Have you heard different? @ZPacks I noticed last year that Marmot and MtnHardware and oth...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 18, 12:53pm

Collect Experience, Not Things
Thanks Greg I had been reading the NY Times oped article earlier this AM with my morning coffee. Great advice.

In On the Web » Collect Experiences, Not Things
December 14, 10:56am

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