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James Jones (maniacjwj) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Colorado Rockies
About Me I'm over 50 years old but I have only been camping regularly for the last 14 years. I backpacked once about 16 years ago and then tried it again 10 years ago. My backpack itself weighed almost as much as my base weight for all my gear now. Then I read Ray Jardine's book as my first book on backpacking and started down the path of ultralight about 8 years ago.

In 2008, I had major back surgery and thought my backpacking days were over until I found a thread about using lumber packs.
CityColorado Springs
CountryUnited States
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My PDF Gear ListNo cook Lumbar Pack/RikSak Gear List

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Just want to say
I agree. I'm very impressed by the content and expertise throughout the website. It is also great to have other ultralight or super ultralight backpackers to communicate with.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I Just want to Say...
May 07, 12:05pm

Thanks Todd. I do have a Western Mountaineering Highlite. It does the job very well. I was just curious about quilts.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » New M50 "Top Quilt"
May 06, 9:08pm

New M50 Top Quilt
That is amazing, Aaron. Your sewing skills definitely bury mine. I've only sewn 3-4 packs. Successfully dealing with feathers is impressive. Does a top quilt work for someone who tosses and...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » New M50 "Top Quilt"
May 06, 11:09am

Mountainsmith Daylight and RikSak
Absolutely Todd. It is so worth it. My blog records the up and downs of trying to figure out if there is a way I can keep backpacking.

In Gear Lists » Lumbar pack (augmented by Gossamer Gear RikSak) gear list
May 05, 10:03am

Mountainsmith Daylight Lumbar Pack and a Gossamer Gear RikSak
I've done this on 3 trips already. It works great with the waist belt pulled tight and the load levelers pulled tight on the MountainSmith Daylight. I have my sleeping bag, tent, silk sleepin...

In GEAR » bumbag/fannypack plus rucsac combination
May 05, 9:14am

Separate bug canopy with ZPacks tarp
I evaluated what you are considering and decided to send my tarp back to Joe Valesko to sew on the bug screen. It seemed lighter overall than a separate bug screen. However, shoulder seasons ...

In GEAR » Gossamer gear Bug Canopy with a ZPacks tarp
May 05, 8:23am

Thanks Anna!!
This video is great. I'm sure I'll adopt most of his ideas

In Gear Lists » Lumbar pack (augmented by Gossamer Gear RikSak) gear list
May 04, 5:46pm

SUL Sleep system in Colorado
Western Mountaineering Highlite 35 degree Highlite 16oz Cocoon Silk sleeping bag liner (supposed to add 9 degrees) 4.5 oz (last weekend, I could tell the difference when I pulled it up over my e...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What is your SUL sleep system?
May 04, 4:25pm

Great list
I was hiking in the Colorado Rockies last weekend and it got into the mid to upper 20's, I got pretty cold with my 35 degree WM Highlite bag even with a silk liner. I made it but both my water...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » First SUL Gear List
May 04, 3:53pm

CT Segment HIke
If you are coming from the east, Segment 3 doesn't have water for a couple miles. Read my blog at This was before I went SUL but I was UL. See May 28...

In Gear Lists » Advice on CT Segment Hike
May 04, 3:27pm

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