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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Guest

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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Would You Buy This Tent
golly gee folks. Car camping tents for the family with kids is just as legitimate as a topic for this forum as many of the other topics posted. I would check out the Big Agnes car camping and ba...

In GEAR » Would you buy this tent?
April 02, 10:56am

Philmont Cooking Techniques
On the issue of pots. Our crew of 12 took 3 Open Country four liter pots, not the large heavy aluminum 12 liter pot. We only needed 2 pots. While certain practices like freezer bag cooking are n...

In Philmont » Philmont Cooking Technique
March 19, 6:16pm

Crampons for the GC
The gift shop at the GC was selling instep campons last winter I think for $15 to 20 each. You could call ahead and ask. Did not see anyone renting crampons. I would not buy anything but Kahtoola ...

In GEAR » Crampons for the Grand Canyon
February 28, 10:19am

Stephen Thanks I was on their site just two weeks ago pricing out Hilleberg tents. But today I see that while the site is up I cannot log in. Their web site must still be running at the hosting...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 18, 4:58pm

Winter down bag decision- Prolite Gear
@Eric. GoLite filed for bankruptcy. Prolite Gear in Bozeman is still going strong as far as I know. Have you heard different? @ZPacks I noticed last year that Marmot and MtnHardware and oth...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 18, 12:53pm

Collect Experience, Not Things
Thanks Greg I had been reading the NY Times oped article earlier this AM with my morning coffee. Great advice.

In On the Web » Collect Experiences, Not Things
December 14, 10:56am

Which Pants Am I Describing
You might want to go to the MountainGear web site that lets you search on softshell AND pants. I am pretty sure that most of these are designed for climbing, skiing, and lowish weight so you wil...

In GEAR » what pants am I describing
December 14, 9:57am

Moving to the UK
You for sure what to find your way back to the car and the pub. The trails are sometimes not signed all that well compared to the Sierra Nevada and often there is no trail, just a sign and a fen...

In GEAR » Moving to UK: I will take all the advice you can spare
December 06, 12:41pm

Overnight Trip Death Valley
You could try calling the Death Valley NP Ranger station and asking about some of the back country high points and how much if any snow has hit DV. A lot of people do Telescope in shoulder season. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Overnight Trip from LAX or LAS?
December 06, 11:07am

BD Revolt
Let me know how your Revolts work. I had difficulty getting mine 1) to charge from my SUV's USB port and 2) holding a charge for any meaningful amount of time. It seemed that after 30 or 40 ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Black Diamond Revolt 3xAAA charger
November 22, 11:19am

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm