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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).

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Washing on the trail...
What works very well: Mid-afternoon find a lake or creek and jump in. Rinse off some sweat and dirt. No soap of course. After that try to take it easy until camp to avoid getting too sweaty. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How often do you take showers (and deal with hygiene) while in the woods?
June 30, 2:48pm

Re: Fat and drying
Thank you all for the wise counsel. I will defat the meat after cooking with my initial proposal- simmer in broth to cover, chill, lift off fat, drain, dry.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shelf life of fatty dried ground beef
June 29, 2:34pm

Panko in ground beef before dehydrating
I was planning to mix in Panko crumbs before cooking. Do you think after works as well? Good point about fat inhibiting drying. Maybe I'll try to remove it after all. Chef Glenn was my so...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shelf life of fatty dried ground beef
June 29, 11:48am

Trail Breve Latte (Coffee with cream) Success!
I like half and half in my coffee; my wife only drinks lattes.  We also avoid the chemistry set that comprise artificial creamers. Every attempt to use powdered milk has ended up with disgustin...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Trail Breve Latte (Coffee with cream) Success!
June 29, 10:14am

Shelf life of fatty dried ground beef
I just picked up 3 pounds of organic, grass-fed, ground beef.  It has a claimed 20% fat content.  On a backpack trip I'm happy to consume that fatty goodness... Conventional wisdom says to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shelf life of fatty dried ground beef
June 29, 10:09am

Re: Repackaging packit gourmet foods?
I haven't seen any Packit items... But I suggest leaving the packages sealed with oxygen absorbers or dessicants in for your Reds, MTR, and later supply packs. Adjust packaging when you resu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Repackaging packit gourmet foods?
June 28, 9:07pm

Pack it Gourmet
Thanks for all the ideas, keep them coming. I think I'll order a Packit meal for about 1/3 of the trip dinners plus some breakfasts and lunches. Jim

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packit Gourmet- What dishes are your favorites?
June 28, 8:59pm

Ziploc "Gripper Zipper" won't hold a vacuum
Old, single zip, non-gripper Ziplocs would hold a vacuum great. We used to pack all our travel, bike touring, and backpack clothes and they would stay flat and wrinkly. Modern ones don't work...

In GEAR » Ziploc instead of stuff sack
June 28, 4:33pm

Re: Re: Neoair Pillow?
Thanks guys. I ordered both Small and Medium Neoair from CampSaver. Figured one for my daughter and one for me. If we don't like them they go back.

In GEAR » Best lightest pillow recommendations
June 28, 3:39pm

Packit Gourmet- What dishes are your favorites?
Since someone brought up Packit Gourmet, can we discuss favorites? I just recently read about them and the food sounds good. My family is leaving for the JMT in 28 days, which means only 3 weeks ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packit Gourmet- What dishes are your favorites?
June 28, 2:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm