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I can think of one "thing" I'll dump soon enough
My subscription to this website when it expires.

In Editor's Roundtable » Affluenza: Fact-Heavy Book Carries a Lightweight Message
April 02, 2:33pm

another take
from Some long-lost words remain in our language as pieces of other words. Take, for example, the word "ruthless." The old word &qu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » unrefrigerated cheese
April 01, 4:54pm

You've never gone swimming?
whelm (hwlm, wlm) tr.v. whelmed, whelm·ing, whelms 1. To cover with water; submerge. 2. To overwhelm. Verb 1. gruntle - cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of;

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » unrefrigerated cheese
April 01, 4:51pm

FYI - Petzl does not recommend Lithium batteries
They have issued overheating warnings for them even when installed in proper order. This is a quote from the REI site. "Petzl warns against the use of lithium batteries with this headlamp ...

In GEAR » Petzl Myo XP disaster: a word to the wise
March 30, 3:58pm

Now BPL is reviewing lame websites?

In Editor's Roundtable » Website Review:
March 17, 12:09pm

Re: the other place you can be flipped some grief
When I raced I was sponsored (road bikes anyways) but I did work in some shops like that. One shop had a crusty mechanic who hated gearheads. Some rich kid came in wanting a titanium bolt set fo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why people gotta hate on the UL crowd?
March 12, 12:22pm

Jared posted the videos
I continue to use 1/2" hardware cloth. I've put some large water filled kitchen pots on this type of stand and I've never had it collapse. Even with side burner stoves that heated t...

In Make Your Own Gear » A Penny Stove for Narrow Pots
March 11, 10:49pm

Where the rubber meets the...uh...snow
This is my lunch today (Thai curry noodle soup.)from my snowshoeing outing. 13 degrees and very windy at 8500 feet. (You can see the wind pushing the steam away) The stove is the (unnamed) o...

In Make Your Own Gear » A Penny Stove for Narrow Pots
March 02, 7:11pm

Now all you need is a cape and some red boots
and you have next years halloween costume. CAPTAIN EYESORE! Strong work.

In Make Your Own Gear » Insulated Pants- an abomination to the LNT gods?
February 29, 10:05pm

1 more thing
When building conventional Penny stoves I found those built entirely from Heinie cans slightly outperformed those built with Heinie bottoms and different cans for the top. For this round of tink...

In Make Your Own Gear » A Penny Stove for Narrow Pots
February 24, 5:17pm

All Reader Reviews by Greg Vaillancourt

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Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator
Cheap Chinese junk. I'm using my oven at 140 degrees with equal or better results.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 15, 2:19pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
And very nice workmanship.

In Stoves - Other
April 14, 10:04am

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
but these are quite good. I eat them for dessert on trips.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 05, 5:56pm

Wiggy's Super Light
This bag was purchased for winter car camping trips to the desert. I was not concerned with the bag's considerable weight and bulk for this role. The materials that make up the bag should be qu...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 18, 6:15pm

Patagonia DAS Parka
A 4 because the main zipper pull looks pretty fragile. I like the breathability of this parka. Reminds me of my MH Chugach (also Polarguard 3D) in the way it dries your other layers after you put i...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 24, 6:27pm

Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Chicken
For an "All Natural" meal this thing tastes like a chemistry experiment. Not good at all...maybe the worst FD meal I've ever tried. They obviously tried to hide the disgusting flavor ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 19, 6:06pm

This stove is heavy and loud. Surprisingly loud! It doesn't simmer and it is downright bulky. Why the 5 rating? Because for melting vast quantities of snow (or ice) this thing cannot be beat un...

In Stoves - White Gas
November 19, 7:36pm

Penny Stove soda can version
I "geeked out" on DIY alcohol stoves and built probably 50 over 2 years. The Penny performs well but in my tests it only beat an openjet Pepsi can stove by 30-35 seconds. I also played wi...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 12, 8:42pm

Snow Peak Trek 700
The lid from the Vargo mug fits fairly well and it is Ti. I think the SP 700 is a nicer pot. I switch to an aluminum foil lid unless I plan on draining pasta. The steel lid is really secure as a st...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 12, 8:31pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've found that placing my shoes near the mattress so my elbows have a place to rest makes for a much more comfortable night. I hate having my elbows dangling off the sides or locking my finger...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:47pm