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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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possibly?
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

downhills fine!
Rusty, I think for poling up and downhill, GG LT4s are totally fine. I have only snapped my poles when doing other things - climbing over down trees, slipping in snow and kicking them, stepping...

In GEAR » Strength of GG LT4 trekking poles
February 02, 11:33am

interesting!
Richard - one clarification then. It seems like there is not an exactly one to one connection between exposed body surface area and heat loss. You mentioned in that other thread that "When n...

In GEAR » Head heat loss
January 30, 3:21pm

ugh
Richard - sorry, I read that thread, but only skimmed the second post. Duh, sorry. That's the info I was looking for exactly. What isn't quite perfectly clear is how you know so d%mn m...

In GEAR » Head heat loss
January 30, 2:21pm

good points
Eric - that's a good point, if you have a giant curly head of hair, adding a hat could actually be negative? :) John - you sound so certain about this - "Your head puts out about the sa...

In GEAR » Head heat loss
January 30, 1:48pm

Head heat loss
I've been discussing with some friends the idea of your head being a major source of heat loss or not. Somehow I've gained the impression that your first goal for warming up should be to a...

In GEAR » Head heat loss
January 30, 1:30pm

good luck
I used a sharp knife to whittle the tips off. I tried a bunch of other methods that didn't work nearly as well. After you get the tip off, don't glue your new tip on, it'll stay on fi...

In GEAR » Cannot remove the Leki Carbide tips from my GG Poles
January 14, 4:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryley Breiddal

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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

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
Bought this jacket in 2005, have used it a lot in the Pacific Northwest (i.e. piles of rain), and also on a thruhike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007. The jacket looks as new as the day I bought it...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 18, 9:28pm