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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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BPL email: roger@backpackinglight.com
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
I must say I am intrigued by the number of cases of problems with leaking valves. Given the number of canisters I have emptied, I was expecting something way under 1% problems. As far as I can reme...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
April 16, 2:16pm

Re: Re: The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
Hi Jerry > My Coleman Exponent F1 developed an annoying property. First, a couple times I didn't > screw it on tight enough, it leaked around side, and caught fire. I just blew it out...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
April 15, 9:49pm

Tweak the tongue loop
It's not a lacing trick but a design trick. Take a look at your photo, where the tongue has slid sideways, and look closely at the loop on the tongue. The loop is far too big. Centre the tongue...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoe lacing anomaly?
April 15, 3:15pm

Re: replacement stuff sacks for tents
Seems to me the Scouts should tackle this as a project. Teach them some skills AND make them more careful with the sacks as well. Cheers

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » replacement stuff sacks for tents
April 15, 3:02pm

Re: Metabolism vs Body Fat
> So I've read that having a higher metabolism will keep you warmer. Oh yes, for sure, but you have to give it the fuel. > I've also read that having more body fat will keep you w...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Metabolism vs Body Fat
April 15, 2:56pm

Re: Advice on adding wristbands to rain mitts?
That is an old, old problem, with no good solution. If you put the mitt outside the sleeve, water will run down the sleeve into the mitt when your arm hangs downwards - strap or no strap. If yo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Advice on adding wristbands to rain mitts?
April 14, 6:20pm

Re: thing to consider
Those flat tabletop stoves use butane canisters with a different connection - like a paint can. They lock in place with a clip or something at the base - no threads at all. If you look down the Ama...

In GEAR » Liquid Fuel Consumption vs. Canister Fuel Consumption.
April 14, 3:06pm

Re: soot
> Roger, I see more soot on the bottom of a pot over white gas (and much more over > kerosene) than over butane/propane. While that's obviously bad for fuel efficiency, > CO output w...

In GEAR » Liquid Fuel Consumption vs. Canister Fuel Consumption.
April 14, 1:02am

Re: Liquid Fuel Consumption vs. Canister Fuel Consumption.
From several years of field experience, I can say that I found that I needed at least 50% more weight of white gas than butane/propane, and about 100% more for kerosene. White gas does not burn ...

In GEAR » Liquid Fuel Consumption vs. Canister Fuel Consumption.
April 13, 10:08pm

Re: Piezo
The BIG problem with piezo ignitors is that they do not have quite enough energy in the spark. Yes indeed, you do need a certain amount of energy to ignite butane and propane, especially at altitud...

In GEAR » Snowpeak Gigapower Manual vs Snowpeak Litemax
April 12, 3:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm