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Ryley Breiddal (ryleyb) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest
About Me I've been a weekend warrior for the last couple years, climbing, hiking, and mountaineering whatever I can get to, given that I live on an island. I thru-hiked the PCT in the summer of 2007 as "Hoover" and the CDT in 2011 as "Monk".

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Squall 2 sold to Molly!

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell Ex-Light Down Jacket (L) and Tarp Tent Squall 2
May 19, 10:29am

FS: Montbell Ex-Light Down Jacket (L) and Tarp Tent Squall 2
The Montbell Ex-Light down is in good condition (no rips or abrasions), I have used it though :) $100 shipped. Here's the details straight from the source:

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell Ex-Light Down Jacket (L) and Tarp Tent Squall 2
May 18, 11:39pm

CDT money
I wore two pairs of DT quarter cushion crews for the length of the CDT. One pair for each half (so ~1400 miles each). I still have the 2nd pair. They are a bit crunchy and gross, but I take full...

In GEAR » Darn Tough Socks Suck!
February 10, 11:26am

I found Yogi's PCT guide handy. At the time I hiked the PCT (2007), I needed help with gear selection, which it provided in a well-organized way. I needed help planning resupply (where, when ...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 29, 11:17am

I have one!
I recently resealed and tested mine on a 8 day trip in the Olympics. The only defect I can think of is that there is a ~1/2" rip in one of the mesh doors... And I guess the sealing job I did ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Tarptent Squall 2
December 17, 11:29am

Re: Going to ground next year for PCT - recommendations for shelter/sleep system.
Sounds like you've got it nailed down pretty well! NeoAir is totally fine. In the desert you'll want to carefully scour your sleeping area to clean out any barbs/spines that are lying a...

In GEAR » Going to ground next year for PCT - recommendations for shelter/sleep system.
November 30, 4:52pm

I'm possibly interested, I sent an email to you as well with details. harorld.lee seems like a typo more than an email address though? :)

In Gear Swap » FS: BRAND NEW Feathered Friends Egret Nano 20 (size small) (color: wave)
March 24, 5:07pm

Versalight vs Ultralite
I think you will find either warm enough for a PCT thruhike (I successfully used a Megalite the whole way in 2007). The main difference between the Ultralite and Versalite (beyond the warmth) ...

In GEAR » PCT Thru Hike Sleeping Bag
August 08, 12:35pm

Not bad
I used a white EcoMesh on the whole PCT and then the first couple weeks of the CDT, before it started to fall apart a bit... I would say it still looked decent, although if you looked closely you c...

In GEAR » railriders - white
March 20, 10:40am

definitely not
I'll add the anecdotal evidence to this thread - I used the S2S dry bags on both the CDT and PCT, and never had my sleeping bag dry inside it... any time they were damp going in, they were damp...

In GEAR » eVent dry bags - can they dry a damp down sleeping bag?
March 10, 8:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryley Breiddal

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Darn Tough Socks Boot Sock Cushion and Full Cushion, Merino Wool
I somehow made it through the PCT in 2007 without knowing about these socks, and thus I went through so many pairs of other wool socks. Sometimes wearing holes in them after 2-3 days. On the CDT i...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 08, 10:52am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I carried the LT4 adjustables (no straps) on the CDT in the summer of 2011. I absolutely love the experience of hiking with them. Unbelievably good. Unfortunately, I found them to be too fragile ...

In Trekking Poles
November 21, 7:04pm

Tarptent Contrail
For a tarp with some bug netting, this thing has kicked ass for me for a lot of trail nights. I've taken it on a lot of wild rides, on the PCT (100+ nights), West Coast Trail a couple times, an...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
January 20, 11:49am

Tarptent Squall
I don't have a lot to add to the exhaustive details given by previous reviewers. I have a Squall 2 from 2007. I've had this tarp for a few years and it's my first choice for any two pe...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
January 20, 11:45am

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler
Excellent day pack. I use mine every day around town and occasionally for day hikes, scrambles, and climbing. Mine has taken a beating on nasty bushwacks in the rain and kept my gear relatively dry ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 30, 8:08pm

Western Mountaineering Megalite
My favourite piece of gear. This bag has kept me warm down to just below freezing. The double zipper and draft tube make this the easiest sleeping bag ever to zip up (no snags) and gives lots of v...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
September 19, 4:30pm

Jim Wood SuperCat
My favourite piece about this stove was how easy it was to make. I'm a total klutz but probably spent more time gather tools than actually building this thing. I also love that I don't nee...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 19, 4:26pm

Probar Energy Bar
These bars are amazing. I just finished hiking the PCT and any time I managed to get my hands on these bars I devoured them. My favourite flavour was Lemon Cranberry, and least favourite was Apple-C...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
September 18, 9:50pm

evernew ultralight 1.3l ti pot
I've used this pot on both a MSR PocketRocket and a SuperCat alcohol stove. It's really nice on the SuperCat because the flames jet out sideways, and this wide-based pot heats up more quickly...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 18, 9:45pm

GoLite Ether Wind Shirt (Wisp HP)
Golite Ether Wind Shirt... This is a full zip, hooded windshirt. Is this some kind of crossover review, spanning enough years that the jacket has totally morphed into something else? http://www.go...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
September 18, 9:40pm