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Bob Shaver (rshaver) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Long time backpacker, peak climber, outdoor educator, presently scout leader. I've been learning about backpacking since 1967, you'd think I'd be smarter by now. I like to fly fish when backpacking, take photos, and experiment with cooking, and enjoy the outdoors with my son and his scout friends. Presently 18.5 pound pack with fishing gear and camera, a big improvement for me.
CityBoise
StateIdaho
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://backpackingtechnology.com/

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I give up
I have not been very successful trying to convince other people to do or believe what I want them to, so I gave up. I just do what I like and believe what I believe, and they can do as they choose...

In Philosophy & Technique » How I Make a Living as an Adventurer
April 18, 10:54pm

elevation gain and loss = miles
Our council has the rule 1000' of gain = 1 mile, 2000' of loss = 1 mile. Some of my trips are 6 days, and only 40 miles or so total, but I call them 50 milers and no one checks the math. ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scouts complete 22 miles on a weekend and want more
April 17, 11:50am

scout backpacking
I had a good experience getting a scout troop to try backpacking. About half the parents were in favor of it and we could not have pulled it off without the support. My son is out of the troop no...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scouts complete 22 miles on a weekend and want more
April 16, 9:29pm

More info to already good advice
Alexandra's first post asked if the REI gear list was a good one. It looks to me like super overkill. I'd list a bunch of that stuff as "optional" and a bunch of it as "you...

In GEAR » TENT, SLEEPING BAG AND STOVE SUGGESTIONS.
April 16, 11:41am

another good tent for a couple
My wife is somewhat claustrophobic, and two man dome tents are too confining for her. My Tarptent Squall II works great for her. Plenty of room for 2, and good view of sky from inside, plus its g...

In GEAR » Finally! Wife wants to come with me on longer section hikes. Need a bigger tent. Recommendations please!
April 16, 10:15am

way to go, John!
So John, what went into making your troop interested in backpacking? Involved parents? A gear inventory to loan to new scouts? Are these all older scouts? How do you get younger scouts involved a...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scouts complete 22 miles on a weekend and want more
April 16, 10:07am

good ideas
good ideas. I'll do more research and think about it.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » replacement stuff sacks for tents
April 15, 8:46pm

lstakes and poles outside stuff sack
I'm thinking to put the stakes and poles outside the stuff sack, like secured to a daisy chain, so they can be verified without dumping the tent out of the tent stuff sack. OR makes a sleeping ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » replacement stuff sacks for tents
April 15, 2:42pm

replacement stuff sacks for tents
We have a lot of REI Half dome tents, and MountainSmith Celeste tents, which are 2 man dome tents. After some use and abuse by scouts, we are in need of replacement stuff sacks. REI doesn't se...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » replacement stuff sacks for tents
April 15, 10:20am

baking
I have had good luck baking with an Outback Oven, combined with a Caldera Cone and their new simmer ring. Never tried gluten free however. blog post about the process: http://backpackingtec...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 1st attempt at making biscuits for the trail
April 14, 2:05pm

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