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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Forum 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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BSA Backpacking miles?
500 feet elevation gain to count as 1 mile? I have never heard of this before. Maybe it is some convention or tradition of some troops or councils for local awards or recognitions. The BSA g...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scouts complete 22 miles on a weekend and want more
April 16, 9:40pm

Are rain pants necessary
Three years ago I would have said no. I always thought that even if it was raining, if my top was warm and dry I would be OK and I could keep my self warm enough by moving. Then two springs ago...

In GEAR » Are rain pants necessary?
April 12, 10:41pm

Conditions in Tuolumne
Go here for ideas on where to go: http://www.backcountryskitours.com/ The snow is pretty grim almost everywhere. Are you looking for enough snow to ski on? I am going out this weekend wi...

In Winter Hiking » Conditions in Tuolumne, Hwy 120?
March 18, 5:57pm

Polartec Neoshell- as breahable as a softshell
With the wind down of winter, I have been trolling the reviews and looking at upgrading my 10 year old hardshell. A lot of folks praise Neoshell. Looking at some of the Westcomb models, many Neo...

In GEAR » Polartec Neoshell- as breahable as a softshell
March 15, 6:23pm

Allak Wind Performance
There was a comment about the Allak getting shredded. Any details available? thx

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 10, 12:22pm

internal usable length of Hilleberg
Thanks everyone for the comments. Food for thought. Maybe I should buy a Jannu :-))

In GEAR » internal usable length of Hilleberg Soulo/Unna
March 09, 9:10pm

internal usable length of Hilleberg Soulo/Unna
I am looking for a double wall tent to use at or above treeline in stormy weather in the Sierra Nevada. The Hilleberg Soulo looks interesting but wondering how much of the specified 87 inches o...

In GEAR » internal usable length of Hilleberg Soulo/Unna
March 09, 6:33pm

Freestanding or Not for Philmont
I think as long as you take a variety of stakes, you will be fine with a non freestanding tent. You will find some hard ground in the staffed camps where you cannot drive a titanium shephard ho...

In Philmont » Freestanding or Not for Philmont?
March 05, 5:38pm

Questions from a newcomer Trekking Poles to Support MLD DuoMid
To the OP. I think your original question and use case will narrow the range of options. First, if you are wanting to erect your DuoMid with one pole and without a pole extender, you need a p...

In GEAR » Questions from a newcomer regarding trekking poles
February 09, 2:35pm

Gear swap practices
I really do not get the premise of this whole thread. The question in the OP was about ethical conduct. If someone bought something nearly new in January 2013 for $100 and then tried to sell it ...

In GEAR » Gear Swap practices
January 26, 6:28pm

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