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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
CityPalo Alto
StateCA
CountryUSA
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Hoover Wilderness
We had frost at the higher camps in the Hoover, though that is not that high for the Sierras. Expect frost anywhere in the western mountains in the summer. Think about acclimating to altitude as...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » CA destinations
March 21, 11:26pm

NeoAir, Boots
Do not try to cut a NeoAir in half! That is an air mattress -- one leak and you won't sleep. Maybe that advice is for the Z-rest, a closed cell foam pad. My NeoAir is a medium, five and half...

In Philmont » Choosing my Philmont equipment, could use some advice
March 21, 11:07pm

"Fully enclosed"
The Philmont rules have changed. They used to require fully enclosed tents, though meny competent campers (like myself) used floorless shelters. The 2010 Guidebook to Adventure says, under "...

In Philmont » Henry Shire's TarpTent Use at Philmont
March 21, 10:54pm

Philmont trails and shoes
Some trails at Philmont are tough, mostly the one with rocks that will roll, but most of the trails we hiked were in excellent shape. I hiked in Vasque Blur GTX's, a shoe on the heavy end of...

In Philmont » A couple questions on Phlmont (tents, gaiters, boots).
March 21, 10:46pm

Choosing Itineraries
First, we chose long or short. Do you want more time hiking or more time for program? Our crew decided that if they wanted to hike a hundred miles, they'd be going to the Sierras. Philmont offe...

In Philmont » Choosing Itineraries: How did you guide your scouts in deciding on the camps and activities?
March 21, 10:31pm

Either backpacking or walk-in camping
Checking the schedule, we've had five or six backpacking trips each year for the past couple of years. I'm not counting the 1/2 mile walk-in campouts, like the rafting trip or camporee. Tha...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » How often backpacking?
March 21, 10:01pm

Room for food
Do NOT assume that you can get leave food behind. Our crew was 15 and 16 year olds and we ate everything they supplied, plus everyting they grabbed from swap boxes. One evening, we cooked meals for...

In Philmont » Philmont Backpacks
March 21, 9:54pm

Mount Phillips
I expect that every campsite on top of Mt. Phillips is full, almost every night. They were all taken when we were there. That is probably one of the things that makes treks become unavailable durin...

In Philmont » I want to stay at a different Trail Camp... Can I?
March 21, 9:38pm

70 liters?
Why does it need to be bigger than 70 liters? My Six Moon Designs Starlite was fine at Philmont. By the specs, it is a 67l pack, but a bunch of that is in the outside mesh pockets. The main bag ...

In Philmont » Backpack Help
March 21, 9:26pm

Re: Re: Cheap, Light weight Sleeping Bag
I advise Scouts to get a regular length bag, rather than a short or youth bag. They'll outgrow it for sure. With a down bag, that bag should still be in great shape, but will be too small.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Cheap, Light weight Sleeping Bag
March 05, 1:15pm

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