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Jim Sweeney (swimjay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Northern California
About Me Former mathematician turned furniture maker, I'm lucky to live near some of the best hiking and backpacking country on the planet.

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All Forum Posts by Jim Sweeney

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In Gear Swap » FS: Katabatic Bristlecone Bivy-Long
May 12, 1:08pm

Even better!!!
An amazing price!!

In Gear Swap » FS: Z-Packs Hexamid Solo-Plus Cuben Fiber Tent
May 09, 7:13am

exit date
Just to emphasize that the rangers never check that you've exited on the day you said you would, or in fact ever exited. The system is principally concerned with trail head apportioning, allow...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Big SEKI Loop (as an alternative to the JMT)
April 21, 10:59pm

Stairway walks
Just did the 3rd of the stairway walks, and it was a magical day. Amy's StairwayWalks link, above, gives great route maps for anyone who'd like to duplicate any part of any of the route se...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » San Francisco Stairways - January 17
April 06, 2:52pm

Sale didn't go through
Bag not sold; may keep it or post later. If I do sell it, it will never have been used, unless otherwise noted.

In Gear Swap » WTB: ZPacks 10 degree bag
March 26, 3:11pm

The beauties are struggling to fly out the door, and on to someone's feet, for a mere $55!!! Shipped!! Great shoes, but remember they run a 1/2 size small.

In Gear Swap » FS: Inov-8 Trailroc 245
March 25, 4:53pm

If only merino were able to be woven with higher sun protection factor it would be the best all around fabric. (I guess durability could be increased too.)

In GEAR » Wool Base Layer 35F-60F Comfort while hiking?
March 25, 9:35am

Pics of 10 degree ZPacks bag
The green of the bag is actually much brighter, but photos were taken in a low light situation with a cell phone.

In Gear Swap » WTB: ZPacks 10 degree bag
March 24, 10:47am

I have just what you're looking for
Brand new, never used, long, 10 degree ZPacks, purchased last August, $410 including shipping, no waiting. Smoke free home, no animals, never stored compressed, comes with Cuben stuff sack.

In Gear Swap » WTB: ZPacks 10 degree bag
March 23, 5:32pm

REI Sierra Cargo shorts
I'll take these

In Gear Swap » FS: Various Clothing
March 21, 10:47am

All Reader Reviews by Jim Sweeney

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hydrapak 3 liter bladder
Recently (7/5/13) I purchased a Rush 14L daypack from Golite, which came with a 3L Hydrapak bladder. The bladder is very supple, and would seem like a potential alternative to the Platypus, except fo...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
August 01, 11:32am

Ibex Nelson 17.5 L/S : #1038
Too often it seems that merino manufacturers, in an effort to avoid scratchiness, process merino in a way that tends to make it feel more like cotton or even silk. How they do this I'm not sure. ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 10, 10:20am

Taylor Digital Wireless Thermometer 1434
There are a few different versions of this available--the important thing is to have a sending unit, which transmits the temperature where it is placed, and a "home" unit, which reads the te...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 19, 10:22pm

Black Diamond Winter Bivy
I wonder if the Epic in your bivy was somehow defective? (In which case BD should have sent you another, or refunded your money.) currently has them on sale for $96.50, which i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 28, 7:18pm

SteepandCheap.Com SteepandCheap.Com
From a recent S & C email: "My friend used to buy new headlights for his car from Shopko when one would burnout, then he'd put the old ones back in the boxes and return them. A genius ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 5:51pm

Andrew Skurka Sierra High Route Mapset
Andrew Skurka, from whom the English language gets the word "skurking", meaning moving quickly over great distances in a lightweight fashion (an antonym for "lurking"), has giv...

In Books and Media
January 05, 9:42am

Zpacks Blast 32
I have a version or this pack with no waist belt, a drink tube opening, daisy chains on the shoulder straps, shock cord lashing on the front, and two shoulder pouches. Total weight, 5.55 oz. Without...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 15, 5:25pm

Cocoon Vest Vest
First thoughts on the new cocoon vest: 1)The pertex quantum used has a finer rip stop grid pattern than the original cocoon pull-over, which translates, very subtly, to a stiffer hand and less silk...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
June 22, 5:28pm

Bozeman Mountain Works Cocoon Pullover
First thoughts on the new cocoon vest: 1)The pertex quantum used has a finer rip stop grid pattern compared to the original cocoon pull-over, which translates, very subtly, to a stiffer hand and le...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
June 22, 5:24pm

North Face Beeline 900
The rating here is definitely price sensitive. I recently bought a new bag at outlet closeout for $90. The bag uses what I think is the best lightweight sleeping bag fabric, very lightly, or un, cal...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 02, 7:00pm