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Michael Wands (walksoftly) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Piney Woods
About Me Work schedule and diabetes generally restrict me to long weekends - 75 miles or less. Don't consider myself to be an ultralighter per se, but love minimalist camping and hiking. Will try anything on a dare!

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Clean Esbit Pots
I use Esbit tabs with a 600 Ti mug to heat my water. Hate the brown gunk that sticks to the bottom of my mug. I found the perfect method to clean my pot. After the pot cools, I rub with an alcoh...

In Philosophy & Technique » Clean Esbit Pots
February 07, 8:13pm

"Best flashlight"
Pak-Lite Bright White. Two settings - Light weight - Bombproof. Low setting will last approx. 1,200 hours on Li battery.

In GEAR » Best flashlight
May 29, 5:25pm

"UL Pack = Wet Back ?"
In the winter I carry a G6. I have a blue pad rolled up inside to give it some rigidity. I wear a small Lowe Alpine fanny pack that carries my water right on my hips. Much more comfortable tha...

In GEAR » UL Pack = Wet Back ?
May 29, 1:10pm

There is something primal about existing in the "Wilds" with just a few well-chosen essentials. Call it getting in touch with you inner primate.

In Philosophy & Technique » WHY?
April 17, 11:43am

"Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?"
I always do (with the exception of socks). I wash my feet and socks before bed when possible and change into some possum down sleep socks that I keeped packed with my sleeping quilt. I sleep us...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?
April 06, 8:23pm

"Gear list - Hello"
Hello, and welcome. You carry a leatherman squirt AND a spyderco knife? Seems redundant. You also carry a shovel? I hope that you mean a trowel. I hike in sandals so I don't have a boot ...

In Gear Lists » Gear list - Hello
March 24, 11:34am

"UL Bivi"
I used the Montbell bag cover all of last season and loved it. I used it as my sole shelter w/o tarp. Loved it. But one evening the foot migrated off of the groundsheet onto the bare ground. Th...

In GEAR » UL Bivi
March 14, 8:21pm

"Water bottles for boiling"
I used to have a spun aluminum bottle that I used for this very purpose. Can't find them now. Everything seems to have an internal coating that I don't trust in extreme heat. It did work...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water bottles for boiling
March 14, 8:14pm

"Light sheet option?"
I don't know what the summer temperatures are where you are hiking, but it can still be in the 90's in Texas after the sun goes down. When that happens I use a Sea 2 Summit egyptian cotton...

In GEAR » Light sheet option?
March 12, 7:26pm

Drinkable Light Food
I love dehydrated pineapple and beef jerky out on the trail. I have found after much experimentation that it goes down much better with a little Merlot.

In GEAR » Light Food
March 12, 7:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Michael Wands

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End2End Trail Supply GramWeenie
My review is not quite as exhaustive as the prior review. I got the Gram Weenie and the wind shield in the mail a week ago. Intended us is to heat water for Tea, Oatmeal & Soup. Not a stove f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
April 20, 9:07pm

Nunatak Arc AT
I have been doing my winter sleeping in a WM Flight jacket and Montbell down pants for a few seasons now. Saw a thread on multi-use gear involving the ARC AT and the responses to my gear informed me ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 30, 1:12pm