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AAA lights
I don't really like headlamps. So I prefer to use a flashlight for more trips. Given the power and efficiency of the best lights these days, I find it hard to justify anything more than a AAA...

In GEAR » Light Geeks: Best (High End) Regulated Headlamp
March 31, 8:15am

maps
you should be able to download and install free maps for the garmin. open street map and topos. here is a good site for maps. i do think they are worth onboard. http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

In GEAR » fotrex 401? or oregon 450?
March 28, 9:31pm

deet
I have never seen an indication of this in the real world, including camping and canoeing and living in the north woods for now 25 or 30 years, at times dealing with intense mosquitos. I don't...

In GEAR » Mosquitoes Ignore DEET After Repeated Exposure
February 23, 9:26am

bugs
I usually do ok wearing long pants and dense shirt while hiking, as long as you can move fast and it is not too hot. I can't stand wearing a head net, so having a treated bandana to attach to ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best way to survive bug season?
February 19, 6:52am

Re: "winter emergency gear"
"So before I pull the trigger tonight and order a blizzard bag, any compelling reasons that I should go with a bothy instead?" Since this is BPL after all: weight. A bothy is much lig...

In GEAR » winter emergency gear
January 30, 8:39pm

prolite gear
I have purchased from PLG and like your site, and find your prices usually competitive, which is really important. But like others here, you didn't have what I was looking for in stock recentl...

In GEAR » From the owner of ProLiteGear.com - What traits do BPL members consider important in an online gear shop???
January 30, 8:08pm

bothy vs. snow cave
The bothy seems like a much more robust emergency option than even a snow cave. The bothy may end up as warm or warmer than a snow cave, in actual practical use, once you factor in getting soaked ...

In GEAR » winter emergency gear
January 29, 8:55pm

jackets
I would only bring the beyond fleece softshell if you were planning on that being your main outer layer for skiing. Otherwise, if you plan to ski in the cioch jacket, having a true midlayer makes ...

In Winter Hiking » Help with winter layering
January 28, 8:37pm

bivy
If you already have the bothy (which I use and do like), I am not sure you also need a bivy. The bothy provides shelter and protection and warmth. Inside the bothy, I would think "spending&q...

In GEAR » winter emergency gear
January 28, 8:28pm

iphone gps
I am curious how the iphone GPS works, and whether it is aided by the cell network when it is available. Sitting on my desk, the iphone 5 resolves my almost perfect location in a few seconds, putt...

In GEAR » iPhone vs Garmin Etrex GPS reception
January 14, 9:27pm

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