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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
CityPalo Alto
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://wunderwood.org/most_casual_observer/

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Larabars!
Of course, I really like Larabars. They are almost all real fruit, probably the least processed thing in all of Philmont, including base camp. I'm sure the dates help reduce constipation on the...

In Philmont » Philmont food
November 23, 4:52pm

Repair kit
I don't carry duct tape and I've never needed it. I do have medical tape and Leukotape in the first aid kit. I'd put Leukotape up against duct tape any day. I carry a tiny needle and...

In Philmont » Repair Kit
September 22, 10:49am

Re: Water Purification/Filtration
There is a nice article on the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide treatments against biofilms by Dr. Ryan Jordan. Yeah, that Ryan Jordan. He tests Aqua Mira, which is the same chemical as the Microp...

In Philmont » Water Purification - Really?
September 20, 5:57pm

Enclosed tents no longer required
Formerly, the Guidebook to Adventure specified an enclosed tent. The current edition says "Use tents with floors or good ground cloths." This is in the section on hantavirus. http://ww...

In Philmont » Choosing my Philmont equipment, could use some advice
May 17, 3:27pm

Food buddies
Food buddies worked well for our crew, too. That was especially good for breakfast and lunch -- find your buddy, find the right bag, eat. No waiting around for all the food bags to be found and div...

In Philmont » Bear Bags and food
April 24, 7:31pm

Taking a big camera
First, try everything on a shakedown. I tried a lightweight, compact camera on a shakedown and was really disappointed in the slow focusing and poor picture quality in low light. It was a good poin...

In Philmont » Cameras at Philmont
April 24, 9:29am

Packs and food
Our troop always hangs food because of raccoons (mini-bears) and ground squirrels. After that, my pack goes in my shelter. The pack isn't very big with the shelter, sleeping bag, and food ou...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » What to do with pack at night?
April 23, 9:51pm

Ultra-sil bags
My son took a 20 liter ultrasil bag on a week-long trip in the Sierras and tore holes in it. Those are great bags, but not really built for hauling big loads of food. Take the Philmont bags, tak...

In Philmont » Philmont bearbagging
April 23, 9:33pm

Steri-Pens
I wouldn't bother. Something else to carry. Is the whole crew going to wait while you treat your drink of water? They get to decide, advisors are along for the ride. I tried to be a little d...

In Philmont » Water Purification - Really?
April 23, 7:34pm

Betamid
My son has a Betamid and loves it. He and another six-footer enjoyed it at Philmont. Look for them to go on sale for about $80 or bite the bullet and pay the full Benjamin. The Betamid is probab...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Favorite Shelters
March 21, 11:29pm

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