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About Me Been backpacking for about 10 years as a Scout leader. I "discovered" light weight backpacking after our first trip where I carried nearly 50lbs (with food) for 4 nights. There had to be a better way! Three years and a couple hundred dollars later I arrived at Philmont with an 18lb (base weight) pack.
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BP Mag subscription sale
Thanks Chris. I needed to renew and DW uses that site so it was a no-brainer.

In Gear Deals » backpacking magazine subscription valentines sale
February 15, 10:05am

Pre forms
Geocachers often use these: They are the "blank"; that pop bottles are made from. Dont know what they weigh, probably the same ...

In GEAR » Ultralight water-resistant seal rigid plastic containers?
February 04, 3:02pm

More thoughts
Alcohol as a stove fuel is listed as "not recommended" rather than as "prohibited" but Philmont will probably still prohibit it. Commercially made alcohol stoves are permitted ...

In Gear Lists » Philmont list
January 01, 9:48am

Check out...
the message boards at Like here - tons of experience there.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Boundary Waters trip
November 22, 6:43am

A really "low tech" kit
A couple years ago I was preparing my Scout Troop for a trip and challenged them to put together the lightest eating kit they could. They came up with some really good options and all of them were...

In GEAR » What do you use to eat with in the backcountry?
November 02, 3:42pm

True, but....
Naw, if you are departing Philmont by train there is no reason to not have had at least one shower. The westbound train is in Raton late morning and the eastbound train in late afternoon. I figur...

In Philmont » The Southwest Chief
July 24, 7:25am

Indian Peaks
Ive seen others say Indian Peaks is one of the more crowded places, but I really enjoyed my trip there a couple of years ago. We were initially looking at a partial loop from Isabella Lake, across...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Ideas for a 3 day trip in Colorado?
July 13, 10:11am

Tarp weight vs cost
My Troop is not really your target audience because we dont do much backpacking (the one thing I dont like about living in Iowa). But, as committee chair, yes I would buy the slightly heavier tarp...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scout backpacking tarp shelter ideas
May 23, 5:15am

Long handle and flexible
Ive broken lexan spoons too. Now I use a McDonalds McFlurry spoon - long enough to get to the bottom of the FD or freezer bag meal, flexible enough that it doesnt break.

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 19, 3:49pm

Gutter nails
A couple of years ago I needed about 120 tent stakes for my Scout Troop. Gutter nails seemed the way to go but they were pretty pricey for the small package at the big box stores (and I didnt need...

In GEAR » I get my specialized UL gear from Home Depot...
April 14, 6:48am

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