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Andrew Shapira (northwesterner) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest
About Me I day hike, scramble, or snowshoe about once a week; usually these have between 3,000 and 5,000 feet of elevation gain and are 7-12 miles long. Once or twice a year I'll go on a short backpacking trip. I've been doing this for about three years. Recently I've gotten into hiking lighter, and UL philosophy. I'm looking forward to learning from the BPL community. I have a PhD in computer engineering and am a software engineer.
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I've used Microspikes and Crampons off-snow
I've used Microspikes in some non-snow situations. Also, on the way back from Big Cragggy in the Pasayten wilderness, I used crampons for a stream crossing on a wet piece of wood that was part...

In GEAR » Using microspikes outside of the snow?
October 12, 3:02am

M/L, R/T
Without reading the whole article, I'd like to know what M/L and R/T are. (It'd be nice if definitions for these quantities appeared somewhere near the table(s) they're used, and/or in...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Mats - State of the Market Report 2011 Part 2: Test Results and Mini-Reviews
August 25, 10:11pm

You're not alone. I wear orthotics and haven't found boots that lock the heel down and feel comfortable. I've tried on 50-100 pairs of boots, taken home several to try out inside at...

In GEAR » using custom orthotics: a question
July 26, 12:51am

Re: Generic day hiking list
Dale, you might be able to eliminate all your stuff sacks and pack liner. I did. I use a garbage disposal bag to keep stuff dry inside the pack. I use plastic grocery bags to organize a few kind...

In Gear Lists » Generic day hiking list
July 04, 5:56pm

Howdy. Thanks for the interest. These have been sold.

In Gear Swap » FS New With Tags Marmot Scree Pants Tarmac Medium Regular $75
June 18, 8:05pm

SOLD - New With Tags Marmot Scree Pants Tarmac Medium Regular $75
----- SOLD For sale: Marmot Scree Pants Medium / Regular Tarmac Never used; tags attached $75 Includes shipping to lower 48 states in US I purchased these a month ago and then decid...

In Gear Swap » FS New With Tags Marmot Scree Pants Tarmac Medium Regular $75
May 07, 1:25pm

Re: Snow Peak
What a steal .. only $221.54 USD. I wonder how effective the Snow Peak titanium thermos is at keeping heat in. I also wonder how much it weighs. The translation is unclear about what weights to ...

In Winter Hiking » Packing vs Thermos
May 02, 8:45pm

Re: Re: winter pants
I am not sure which REI pants I have. After some time the label wears off and it's not so easy to tell any more. Often I'm not wearing anything up top except a base layer. Two weekends...

In GEAR » eVent Pant
October 26, 12:11am

eVent Pant
I'm interested in getting a pant that improves on the REI pants that I have. The REI pants have done ok for me, keeping me somewhat warm (but not dry), and have been very durable, but I want s...

In GEAR » eVent Pant
October 24, 8:43pm

Emergency Jacket vs. Vest; Nilsey's Chart; Hyperion?
I'm interested in getting a puffy jacket or vest (1) for emergencies, and (2) occasional non-emergency use on cold multiday trips. This item would be something appropriate for using as emergen...

In GEAR » Emergency Jacket vs. Emergency (Hyperion?)
October 11, 12:37am

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