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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).


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All Forum Posts by Jim W.

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Re: What is in your resupply box?
Spent the weekend trying to get resupply buckets ready for our 224 mile hike too. The resupply boxes going to locations with stores aren't quite as critical as the buckets going to the spot...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What is in your resupply box?
July 22, 8:44am

Sleeping pad for the High Sierra.
Based on the younger or tougher posters here I keep thinking I'm a real wuss for insisting on 2" of inflatable pad vs. a thin CCF. Then I went camping back-to-back weekends. Once in ty...

In GEAR » Impending JMT Hike Approaching LAST MINUTE GEAR Questions
July 13, 8:51am

Re:rescue off the first flatiron
Nice production values. Setting aside how they got into the situation in the first place... -Seeking shelter and calling S&R to ask about the safety of being in the cave were good moves. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » rescue off the first flatiron
July 13, 8:43am

Replacement filter cartridge: MSR Autoflow vs. Platypus Gravity Works?
We have an MSR Autoflow system and will be taking it on a 4 week family trip. At the last minute I've decided to replace the filter cartridge as the original one seems slower than I want to st...

In GEAR » Replacement filter cartridge: MSR Autoflow vs. Platypus Gravity Works?
July 13, 8:26am

Re: What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
Found a campsite with cheap tent, sleeping bags, and rotting food and package scraps in Yosemite near Cloud's Rest in the springtime, looking like it had overwintered. We were on the way in fo...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
July 12, 11:49am

Re:Packit Gourmet
Thanks all for the suggestions. Just made a big order.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packit Gourmet- What dishes are your favorites?
July 12, 11:33am

Re: Dehydrated ground beef will last how long?
I don't know how long...I have a bunch in the freezer waiting to mail. Based on your dehydration time/temp it is probably very dry; the dessicant may not do any good. Oxygen will cause ...o...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrated ground beef will last how long?
July 11, 12:39pm

Re: Renting a PLB
Most PLB's do not allow two way communication; The most reliable ones don't allow any customized communication. I think ACR and McMurdo's GPS enabled stand-alone PLB's are probab...

In GEAR » Renting a PLB?
July 11, 9:31am

Re: End of July HST/Big SEKI Loop Hybrid - Seeking Feedback and Recommendations
I like climbing a chimney more than a loose ridge, so Williamson seemed easy when I climbed it... 30 years ago. For peak bagging route finding is usually more important than technical climbing skil...

In Pre-Trip Planning » End of July HST/Big SEKI Loop Hybrid - Seeking Feedback and Recommendations
July 06, 8:30am

Soap and groundwater vs. surface water.
Soap and modern detergents break down fine in the soil of a leach field. Public lands resource managers aren't worried about groundwater contamination from backpackers, they're worried abo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » scented dr bronner soap and bears
July 06, 8:11am

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm