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Brian Sims (MtnFiend) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Pasadena, CA
About Me I am more of a cyclist these days (MTB and road) but get out on a few backpacking trips each year. I primarily spend time in the east side Sierra. I am an Eagle Scout, worked in the outdoor industry (including REI) for a few years, and have a good background in wilderness travel.

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All Forum Posts by Brian Sims

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I made a set up a few years ago based on instructions I found on the interwebs. I consisted of double sided velcro found at REI, 24oz bike water bottle, about 6-8 inches of the correct sized plast...

In GEAR » Strapping water bottles on AR style... how?
February 10, 12:33pm

PO Removal
Better than Technu, as it is much cheaper, is to use any type of degreaser. I personally use the cheap citrus clean from Target. $.89 a bottle. I put some in a small travel spray bottle. The de...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » poison oak
February 07, 9:21pm

Convertable Clothing
I am primarily a cyclist and a backpacker on the side. Unfortunately don't get as much time as I would like to get out and backpack. Cyclist are familiar with arm and leg warmers. Basica...

In GEAR » Convertable Clothing
February 06, 10:50pm

Limited Gear
Look I understand...who is this guy telling my my kit is inadequate and unsafe. But the fact is we carry this stuff for when the stuff hits the fan and things don't go according to plan. How ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
January 22, 10:54pm

MTBMaven Here
I am a backpacker and biker (road and mountain). I have been taking what I learn from the UL crowd here over to the mountain bike forums. I am trying to get into bikepacking (think backpacking wi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » SoCal BPL Meetups / Trips
January 15, 10:57pm

Audio Books
I fell in love with listening to audio books while doing long distance biking. I did 11 centuries last year in 11 months. My favorite books were The Confessions of an Economic Hitman The Ti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Audio book recommendations?
January 15, 10:48pm

godly omnipotence?
Donald, Thanks for the complements chief. We don't all become wise overnight. If you do the math I started backpacking as a 12 year old. Overt common sense is built over a lifetime. I as...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
November 24, 12:13am

Re: Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
The following is based on 19 years of backpacking, I turn 31 in 9 days. 1. When camping on the snow an open cell foam pad will not keep you warm. A closed cell foam pad is the minimum, closed ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
November 23, 9:13pm

Re: RE: The 10 Essentials
Quote from Aaron Sorenson: 1. Map 2. Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver) 3. Sunglasses and sunscreen 4. Extra food and water 5. Extra clothes 6. Headlamp/flashlight 7. Firs...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
November 23, 8:19pm

Thanks for all the comments folks. Yes I realize there are other forums out there and no one is forcing me to use PBF. However the netcasts seem really good so I figured I should give it a try. ...

In GEAR » Practical Backpacking
August 27, 10:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Brian Sims

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Mountain Hardwear Kiva
I have owned this tent for years. I have used it as a shelter, bathroom, cook shelter (windy morning in Joshua Tree), and sun shade. Most here are interested in the performance of the tent as a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 09, 10:23pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
I purchased this product based on the rave reviews on the Gossamer Gear site. :) Well I would give it a 2. I didn't get cold, so I guess it served its purpose. It was not all that comfortable. ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 25, 10:30pm

Organic Food Bar Omega3 Flax
I have been buying this bar for a few years now and they are by far my fav. I find it at Trader Joe's (if you have one of those near you), Whole Foods, and Wild Oats. Unlike all the other ba...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 25, 10:07pm