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Jason Ham (jasonham) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Sierra Nevada
About Me I am Co-Director, along with my wife - Phoebe, of the Athenian Wilderness Experience. We run courses in the summer to the Sierra Nevada and in the spring to the Cottonwood Mountains of Death Valley National Park. Our students take this course as a graduation requirement for the Athenian School, a small private school near Mt. Diablo State Park, California.

We also live part of the year at our house in Bishop, California. This provides us ample time to explore the mountains and desert near there.

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Great article and nice planning info..
I wish I had seen this before my own run. Such detail in one place would have been a great resource. I ran this on the 2007 winter solstice. My photos are here: Grand Canyon Run Dec 2007 ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Grand Canyon Rim-2-Rim-2-Rim
March 23, 10:38am

Spyderco Starling This knife is fairly inexpensive ($15) and weighs a slight 18 or 19 grams depending on whether you remove the little metal lanyard that comes ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things
May 24, 9:55pm

Re: What about buy-in?
The idea of buy-in isn't the only consideration when considering the "Bomber" issue. My program (very similar to OB and NOLS) uses heavier gear just to get enough mileage out of ev...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 15, 8:29pm

Institutional Lightweight Backpacking, NOLS or otherwise
I run a program here in California that has done 25 day backpacking courses for the past 30 years. My wife and I just took this program over after many years of instructing and one of our missions...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 11:20am

Camp Aluminum Ice Axe
I've had a Camp 240 for several years. It has an aluminum head and shaft. Through my usage as a light axe for hiking and climbing in the Sierra, I've noticed a few relevant caveats. The alumin...

In GEAR » Are aluminium ice axes safe?
November 14, 10:25am

My experience with tikka/spot/tikka plus/tikka xp/eos has led me to the conclusion that the EOS is the best value for the battery. The regulated output makes it a solid performer throughout its ...

In GEAR » Petzl Tikka Plus or Princeton Tec Quad?
October 23, 8:01pm

Rechargeable coin cells?
Anyone know of a source of rechargeable CR2032 batteries? And a charger? Anyone had any success with do it yourself?

In GEAR » 1 oz. headlamp
October 22, 9:57pm

Bad Tasting Dromlites
Does anyone have any ideas about removing the plasticy taste from the Dromlites? Any special soaks? Baking Soda? Vinegar? Both? I just drink water out of them without any drink mixes and I can...

In GEAR » Bad Tasting Dromlites
March 03, 4:06pm

Light ski
My setup for going light here in the Sierra: Atomic Sierra Skis - Wood core, Cap construction, APG waxless base, Sidecut dimensions: 70/60/65 mm, Weight: 4 lb. 10 oz. pr., Edges: Steel NNN BC...

In GEAR » "Ultralight" Backcountry Ski Gear
December 21, 12:59pm

Guide Snowclaw Shovel
My comment about that review is a question...What type of debris did Ryan move with the shovel? Snow types vary from range to range. Was this spring melt/freeze corn from the Northern Rockies tha...

In GEAR » lightest avalanche shovel?
December 19, 1:04pm

All Reader Reviews by Jason Ham

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Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
And many of the small companies as well. I have personally have owned so many MSR/Ridgerest/Cascade Designs products that I've lost count. I also run a small program that uses a fleet of whisper...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 12, 7:03pm

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
I've used this stuff for two seasons of Sierra mosquitos. One year was horrible, one year was mellow. I've noticed that it is a very effective deterrent for mosquitos when first applied. Th...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 24, 10:11pm