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Walk a bit further down
When I arrived in late afternoon, there was no one around the trailhead parking lot. I walked down below the entrance to the campground area and caught a ride leaving from that area. Check bus sc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Whitney to Lone Pine
February 13, 7:04pm

AT List
For the start of your hike, I would recommend the "Hiker Hostel". Big hiker's breakfast and a ride to .3 from the Springer summit. In 30 miles you will reach Neel's Gap, GA B...

In Gear Lists » Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring
December 05, 10:45am

Thanks for your recommendations . Justin, Phillip answers your question. One's breath gets moisture into the fill (down in some case). I found the fill-and-roll with the bag method was just ...

In GEAR » air mattress pump?
December 05, 10:25am

AT List
Good list. Since you are using a Burt's Bees product and heading for Maine, you should read about Roxanne Quimby. IMO. Tyvex has small hook like fibers that catch leaves, small twigs and ot...

In Gear Lists » Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring
December 04, 9:27pm

air mattress pump?
Anyone use a more efficient pump than the Big Agnes air sack method?

In GEAR » air mattress pump?
December 04, 8:58pm

Good grief! Congratulations on planning to keep a hiking journal. Take any pencils you can sharpen. I met a long distance hiker who instead of using a camera, recored memorable locations by sket...

In GEAR » Which Pencil for the JMT?
December 04, 8:52pm

Hip belt or aarn
Well, you mentioned wanting to be able to reach your camera without removing your pack. The Lowe packs have that capability. I have done a multi-day hike with a holster-type camera case attached ...

In Photography » Seeking Solution - how best to carry an SLR Camera
June 29, 7:13pm

camera packs
This Lowe pack comes in a variety of volumes: Fastens to shoulder strap or belt: I have use...

In Photography » Seeking Solution - how best to carry an SLR Camera
June 29, 1:47pm

Carry camera
This company has several options for carrying, including a chest harness (camera vest) and one that attaches to your pack strap (Strapshot). You insert by holding the lens horizontal, it then lo...

In Photography » Olympus TG-2: expensive solution for the outdoorsman
April 10, 6:07am

OLY 320-E Four thirds
Because of a review here at BPL a few years ago, I bought this camera. It was updated recently by a new version, so the e-620 might be found in the $400 range. The kit lenses are compact choices ...

In Photography » Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
April 10, 5:50am

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm