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David Heath (snowguy) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Boulder Colorado
About Me Im 60 and have been backpacking for 40 odd years with the past 3 years getting lighter and lighter. My goal is to get down to about 12 lbs base weight. I primarily have been trekking in the Colorado high country and in southern Utah. I like to do two-five day hikes (especially loops) and like to explore the area rather than see how many miles I can hike or how many peaks I can bag . Check out my recent trips at

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Aqua Mira
On a four day canyon trip in Utah I picked up a 2 month case of what I believe was giardia. I later found out that there were beavers working upstream from where we were camping. On this trip I use...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 4: Chemical Methods
August 23, 11:26pm

Flash anorak
Hmmm.... maybe my wife could open up the back of my old windshirt and make a velcroed flap for ventilation.

In Editor's Roundtable » CAMP Flash Anorak Review
February 19, 4:51pm


In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Last minute Sangre de Cristo Mts
August 10, 2:20pm

Lost Creek Wilderness
Thanks Dondo I cant wait to get out there. Yeah, that avatar,scary mostly to myself and any small children who might be trolling BPL !

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Goose Creek TH Loop Map
May 27, 1:33pm

Lost Creek Wilderness
Does anyone know about when the aspens start to leaf out in LCW say at around 9000-9500 ft? Im thinking of a 4 day loop up there around June 9th or a little later and would surely love to enjoy som...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Goose Creek TH Loop Map
May 24, 9:19pm

My menacing knives
Mostly I have used my knife to create more drama on my mostly uneventful wilderness outtings. On two occasions my little swiss key chain knife managed to jack on me cutting a couple of fingers to t...

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
October 20, 10:53pm

odor proof containers
Along the lines of a home made food canister, an unlined 1.5 or 2 gal paint would work for some animals (mainly small) . Although not as tight as a factory sealed can, a paint can has a very tight ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Is a dry bag odor-proof?
October 13, 10:38am

Odor proof containers
I was wondering whether a bear could smell through food cans (tuna ,soup etc ) My research online says that they and probably other animals can detect food inside any container . If they can smell...

In Multiple Use Gear » Is a dry bag odor-proof?
October 12, 9:29pm

On solo trekking
I consider my solo multiday trips to be much more fulfilling and meaningful than my hikes with others. I do like to share the outdoors with friends at times but to really get away from "life a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fear and Loneliness on the Ozark Highlands Trail
October 12, 9:06pm

ultralite camp shoes
I got the tyvek booties from They have a version with non slip vinyl soles for about $2-$3 a pair. I cut up an old 3/8" foam camping pad for the insoles EDIT Upon field...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ultralight sandals...?
August 15, 12:14am

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