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eric levine (ericl) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northern Colorado
About Me My first camping was via scouting. I started backpacking in 1971, and since then have used many gear combinations. I've section hiked most of the AT and Long Trail, and now mainly take shorter trips on top of the rockies in Colorado and Wyoming. I've been hiking light since 1995, going from a 3-season base weight of 12.5 lbs to under 8 lbs.
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My PDF Gear Listbackpackweights 7&51.pdf

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All Forum Posts by eric levine

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Garmin H
I must say I’ve never seen the great attraction of that expensive tiny little pixel screen, especially at a low detail wide area map setting. I’ve two Garmin units, both without mapping, and...

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS REVIEW
December 13, 1:48am

I've been using this "tent" since the summer began in Colorado and am pleased. I use one 48" pole, and though the walls do rattle in higher winds, if you shake the top of the pol...

In Editor's Roundtable » Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis Tent REVIEW
October 17, 10:21am

Top bag conversion for quilt
Well, as dorky as that looks worn, I don't look any better wearing my feathered friends winter wren. My wearable wren has this same problem -- too much room makes things cooler than its prod...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Jacks 'R' Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter REVIEW
October 07, 9:01pm

Mixed group
An enjoyable read. Probably everyone has friends/relatives who hike with "standard" gear. I kept thinking how some of my new gear would hold up, since I recently hiked in the Rawahs (N. C...

In Editor's Roundtable » Bringing up the Rear: An Ultralighter Hikes across the Weminuche with a "Mixed" Group
October 02, 11:56pm

I guess this is a good direction for REI, and good info for those here to recommend to friends, and for those here who work with beginners. I don’t think most subscribers here will find much inte...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW
September 24, 11:58pm

Pack stays and gossamer packs
Certainly there are flat carbon stays. My Mountainsmith 4000 (circa ~1996) has them, one of the very first full sized truly light weight packs. My old Mountainsmith 2000 has an interesting fea...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Backpack REVIEW
September 19, 12:22am

off topic
Now now, The off topic was started by folks asking which material was most compatible laced with Permethrin, a class C carcinogen. It was not started by me, who believes in giving people at leas...

In Editor's Roundtable » Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers
September 06, 11:05pm

Permethrin - use it only when life and limb is at risk
I’m amazed yet again at the cavalier way this presumed “nature” community treats these powerful, destructive, and not fully studied neurotoxins. It’s completely out of keeping with the natu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers
September 06, 2:29am

Re: Re: Re: Re:Re: Trangias
At one time Trangias were all over the east coast, since that's where I bought my first one. The problem was finding just the burner, w/o the heavy and expensive cookset. After dealing with ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not? Part 4: Measurements on Alcohol Stoves
July 07, 1:24pm

Re: Re:Re: Trangias
I admit I'm surprised at the relatively high CO emitted by the cat-style alcohol stoves. Instinctively, I think we all knew going in that butane/prop stoves burned cleanest, and conversely, we ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not? Part 4: Measurements on Alcohol Stoves
June 15, 2:20am

All Reader Reviews by eric levine

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Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove
This was my first alcohol stove after the Trangia, which I used before these pepsi stoves were invented. Despite a taped seam build, this stove is very good, still doing great after 5 or more years...

In Stoves - Alcohol
July 01, 12:34pm

Patagonia MicroPuff Vest
As already said, the cut is a little large, and I opted for the small, which just fits me. I believe this vest is or will not be available, with a zipped version replacing it. I find this vest g...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 07, 3:26pm

Garmin Foretrex 101
I've done like Ryan, with the addition of removing the back cover and substituting clear postal strapping tape, which is what I did with my old etrex. One could even rig up a nearly weightless str...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
March 13, 10:43am

Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
I think to be consistant, one should store and eat their transfat non-ogranic peanut butter in aluminum cook and storeware. ......mmmmmm.....yummy

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 27, 2:05pm

My observation is that there are two types of lightweight backpacking flashlight users. The first are those who want a basic nighttime camp light. Lights such as the photon weigh a few grams and are s...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 10, 2:48am

Silva Type 54 Compass
The Brunton (Silva) combi 54 is the best all around compass I’ve seen. Overall, it has proven itself better than my old Suunto KB-14, commonly regarded as the most accurate sighting compass around. ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
February 06, 9:38pm