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Francis Tapon (ftapon) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I am the author of "Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America." Half of my royalty from that goes to support the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail. So buy it even if you think it sucks! :)
Also, my new book, "The Hidden Europe," just came out. Although it's not all about backpacking, it does feature several stories about hiking in Eastern Europe. Those who enjoy travelogues will enjoy this.
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Going all in
Alaska is the only US state that I've never been to. When I go, I want to follow Kristin's footsteps. No quick drive through Denali NP. No, go all in. I love the mosquito pic. I've ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse
November 01, 7:02am

Umbrellas work at Burning Man too
Yeah, umbrellas were ideal in Burning Man! I would even use the umbrella while I was on my bike. :) I had a great time there: http://francistapon.com/Travels/Burning-Man I'm glad the last...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
November 01, 3:24am

Updating my article with new photos and text!
Thank you for all your comments on this article! BPL asked me for a 3-month exclusivity on the article and I gave them 20 months. So today, I've updated the article substantially and...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
October 31, 5:21am

3,834 Words + 31 Photos = One Epic Post about backpacking with an umbrella
In Feb 2012, I wrote this article about hiking with an umbrella: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/backpacking_and_hiking_with_an_umbrella.html#.UnIvN_m-1k4 It was ...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
October 31, 4:52am

Re: backpacking and hiking with an umbrella
Jeffrey, Although I've never attached my umbrella to my pack, I would agree with your assessment. As my article states, you lose perhaps 50% of the benefit of an umbrella when you jury rig i...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 10, 4:15pm

Re: Thanks!
Bradley Danyluk: Excellent nit-picks. I agree with you. I didn't debug/test the solar panel enough before going (it was a last second thing). It broke on the first day. Instead of asking my ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 08, 2:23pm

Re: thanks for clarification
Harold, 1. Perhaps instead of 10kg, I should have just said "ultralight." But some find that term vague, so I put a number of it, despite the shortcomings of doing that (as you point o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 08, 2:21pm

Re: rain gear?
Harold: 1. You're right that in windy conditions an umbrella may redirect water that would have hit your upper body and make it fall on your legs. If that bothers you, I suggest rain pants....

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 08, 1:38pm

Re: Umbrellas
WV Hiker: I address the bushwhacking and tree canopy issues in the article. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and hiked extensively in the Olympic National Park in Washington State - the on...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 08, 12:58pm

Re: umbrellas and being tall
Brett: The windier the conditions, the harder it is to protect your legs from getting wet with an umbrella. Then again, a rain jacket NEVER protects your legs or feet from getting wet! Since you...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
February 08, 12:49pm

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