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John L Collins (WVCubDad) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Not too far off the Tuscarora Trail
About Me Mostly car camped as a kid, heavy gear but loads of fun.

Went through Army ROTC in college and learned their way of walking in the woods. Look like a tree, be the tree, cold camp, noise and light discipline, heavy heavy gear, long periods of boredom followed by a short time of high adrenaline, loud noises and explosions!

Got out, got married, had some kids, got into Scouting. Now I'm trying to get rid of the TA-50 setups and go lightweight. It's a process and I'm having fun doing it. Need to get better at it and that's why I'm here.
StateWild, Wonderful WV

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Nice report
Thanks for a very nice trip report Eugene. Loved the descriptions and photos. Better luck next time with the Tenkara. John

In Post-Trip Reports » Can't Stand the Heat? Run to the Hills!
June 12, 6:16pm

Re: Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
After reading Lighten Up!, the BPL Field Guide and a lot of articles on this site, I've been using my old Coleman bag more as a quilt than a bag. I've also gotten bigger since I bought it a...

In GEAR » Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
June 12, 6:05pm

re: Sleep Apnea - Backpacking - Developments Long
James, Thanks for posting this, I've always wondered how many BPL'ers have a similar problem. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea about 4 years ago and prescribed a CPAP...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleep Apnea - Backpacking - Developments Long
June 12, 4:54pm

Re: Good scouts, bad scouters
Bummer! That's my Council and I'm sorry you had that experience. I like your doubling back trick and will have to incorporate that into my trips. John

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Good scouts, bad scouters
September 27, 9:40pm

Sleeping pads
I just switched from a ThermaRest UL full length pad to a Big Agnes AirCore 72" mummy pad and had some really great nights on it. Best I've had in a long time. I really enjoyed the 2.5&q...

In Gear Lists » Newbie Gear List
July 18, 4:22pm

I second Robert Service's works
Nick, I agree wholeheartedly with your recommendation of Robert Service's poems. My Dad who passed away January 31 introduced me to him many, many years ago. After his death I pulled t...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Eleventh Essential: Literary Companionship on the Trail?
February 28, 6:10pm

Hi, I'm John and I'm an ISTJ
Somehow fitting that my first post is in this thread, although I've been lurking around BPL for a while and getting fantastic information. Thank you all. I've taken this or similar test...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)
December 28, 6:10pm

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