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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Guest

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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REI Gear Reviews
I did compare a new Big Agnes so called 3 plus season tent vs Hilleberg and a now obsolete Big Agnes 4 season tent.

In GEAR » REI Gear Reviews
May 31, 3:25pm

REI Gear Reviews
It seems that the last two reviews I wrote on have not been posted. In the last one, I gave the product only two stars. Perhaps REI does not like critical reviews? Has anyone else...

In GEAR » REI Gear Reviews
May 31, 10:14am

I think what you might be noticing is that since the editorial contributions have diminished, there are fewer threads in response to edited content about topics that are not gear related. A we...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 08, 11:24am

Which Small Camera With Viewfinder
@ the original poster You might want to take a trip to your local camera store and check out the live view view finders on the Olympus, Sony, and Panasonics. I was using the crummy optical view f...

In Photography » Which small camera with viewfinder?
May 08, 10:09am

Mid for two
MLD or Oware might be able to customize your mid by adding a second door.

In GEAR » ideal sized mid for 2?
April 30, 6:00pm

BV450 vs 500
I will also be that guy. The conditions of your permit is that all food must be stored in an approved bear resistant container. The 500 is just 6 or 7 oz more in weight than the BV450. Ditch ...

In Gear Lists » Gear advice/list for partial JMT trip
April 23, 7:00pm

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

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