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Gerry Brucia (taedawood) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Louisiana, USA
About Me Started backpacking when I was in Boy Scouts in the early 70's. Hiked small sections of the Appalachian Trail in PA, NJ, NY, NH, and Maine when I was younger. Stopped backpacking many years for several reasons but started back in the late 1990's. The newer lightweight gear has given me a new enthusiasm. I am a former scoutmaster and led groups to Philmont in 2003 and 2007.

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All Forum Posts by Gerry Brucia

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Walking As We Get Older
If you have not read about Edward Payson Weston, I highly recommend you read "The Last Great Walk", by Wayne Curtis. He was a professional walker in the 1880's and in 1909, at the ag...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 07, 2:36pm

Long Torso
I too have a 22.5" torso and considered the "large" HMG Windrider until talking with Mike who convinced me to go with the "Tall". It fits me perfectly!

In GEAR » Thru-hiking packs for long torsos
December 28, 2:51pm

Marmot Essence
I bought my Essence this past summer. It is the newer version with the Nano Pro Membrane. I cannot say how it will wear in time but I did test it in a two day rain in the Washington Cascades in S...

In GEAR » Marmot Essence
December 10, 12:07pm

Glad that I had...
When I last went to Philmont, at the last minute I threw in an old (1926) hardcover copy of Dickens' "Great Expectations". I was so glad I had it. Hiking with a group of young adult...

In Philmont » I wish I had...
November 20, 11:52am

Re: Melanzana!
Randy, I have been considering buying the Melanzana Hard Face Hoodie as a work jacket. At 6' tall, should I buy a men's large in tall rather than the regular men's large? Gerry

In GEAR » Melanzana Hard Face Vest
November 16, 10:41am

Staying Warm
Benen, Although I hesitate to do this in bear country, when I think I may get cold in the night, I keep a high calorie food bar with me when I go to bed, hanging the rest of my food in a bear bag....

In GEAR » Zpacks 10 deg. To Replace WM Ultralite and Versalite?
October 03, 5:14am

RX 100
Do any of you RX100 owners miss having a true zoom (say 20x) function when using the RX100 backpacking? That is the one thing that keeps me from pulling the trigger on one. 3X is simply not much ...

In Photography » is the sony rx100 worth it?
September 14, 6:20pm

MLD Exodus : Light Suspension Upgrade
I just got back from a four day trip in the Cascades with my new Exodus with the lightweight suspension. My maximum weight was 26 lbs. and it carried great. I found the shoulder straps, load lift...

In GEAR » MLD Packs "Lightweight Suspension Upgrade"
September 09, 7:09pm

Re: How to Cache Water in the Forest
I have had my labelled water caches stolen on me twice...once in Texas and once in Arkansas. In both cases, they did not just empty the containers, they took them with them. The first time was wi...

In Philosophy & Technique » How to cache water in a forest?
August 27, 7:36pm

Drying a Sawyer Mini
After each trip, I backflush my Sawyer mini and then I hook it up to a fishtank air pump to dry. I hook the little plastic hose onto the small end of the Sawyer and let it run for a couple of days...

In GEAR » Sawyer Mini
August 13, 3:35pm

All Reader Reviews by Gerry Brucia

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The Stateless Society Cyanocitta Quilt - Bag
Javan Dempsey is the maker of this quilt-bag. I purchased mine directly from him but he is also marketing them now through TitaniumGoat. This is a very well made product and the design is fabulous. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
April 20, 2:56pm

Mountain Laurel Designs
I have two of Ron's quilts and an Ultralight Bivy, all of which are superbly designed and manufactured. I recently ordered a Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock but I did not want a silnylon tarp fo...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 16, 9:26am

Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight
I recently received and tested my MLD Superlight bivy. Weighing in at 6.2 oz, the workmanship is excellent...the seams were neatly sewn with no visible defects. The side zipper is very smooth and in...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
April 13, 4:37pm

BMW Cocoon Pro 60 Pants
This past weekend I wore these pants at a boy scout camporee in Louisiana. The temperature remained in the mid-30 degree range with 85% humidity, light winds and intermittent rain. Having lived in b...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 26, 3:58pm