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Barry P (BarryP) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
About Me Electrical Engineer by trade. Hobbies include recumbent bike riding, magic, piano, music compostion and of course backpacking.

Backpack monthly with scouts or other small group. Love the exercise and alertness it brings. Ray Way caught my eye in 2001. My load lightened. Because of that, able to go faster, farther, AND still smell the roses. Love the lightweight insight on this forum. I'm also a Teva sandal backpacker. My feet love them.
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Re: WTB sleeping bag 300 or under
“Looking for something 2lbs and under or in that range. Between 10-25 degree rating." Not quite under 32oz: 1. SD Nitro, on sale at Backcountry $294 15F 34oz 2. Stoic Somnus, on sale at...

In Gear Swap » WTB sleeping bag 300 or under
April 30, 12:21pm

Re: Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
After a couple o uses, these types of blankets start losing their silver coating on everything; and leave a mess at camp. The more expensive ones (with the red print) keep their coating better. ...

In Gear Deals » Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
April 30, 11:03am

Re: Hexamid Solo, Hexamid Solo Plus or SMD Skyscape-X
You’ll always wish for the lightest; and it’s a bonus when it’s the lowest cost. +1 Hexamid solo -Barry -The mountains were made for Tevas

In GEAR » Hexamid Solo, Hexamid Solo Plus or SMD Skyscape-X
April 24, 12:31pm

Re: Contact lenses: a friendly warning (that has nothing to do with hygiene).
Oh I miss my contacts. I wore them over night from age 18 to 44. It was great waking up and instantly focusing. But I probably have what the OP said, or my eyes are changing for old age (7 grandkid...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Contact lenses: a friendly warning (that has nothing to do with hygiene).
April 22, 5:57pm

Re: thermometer
“Anybody got a recommendation for a replacement?” I’ve been fine with this 0.5oz $1 beauty: http://www.walmart.com/ip/AcuRite-Mini-Thermometer/16888910 -Barry -The mountains were made ...

In GEAR » thermometer
April 22, 12:25pm

Re: what's better for your knees: stiff soles or, well, less stiff soles
“…my left knee has begun to ache a bit on downhills; never has before..” +1 on the trekking poles. Those really help the knees. Stiff soles or flexible soles? I don’t know. I've h...

In GEAR » what's better for your knees: stiff soles or, well, less stiff soles
April 22, 10:38am

Re: Down Sleeping Bag Question
Compression sack sounds risky, but stuff sack is fine--- as pointed out above. There are several styles to packing, so another +1 on this method: Use a stuff sack. It frees up a LOT of volume in y...

In GEAR » Down Sleeping Bag Question
April 22, 10:00am

Re: Life of trail runners
“…and they are losing tread …” Even though I don’t use trail runners, I think the same applies to all footwear: The softer the tread, the better the-wet-rock grip (and even dry-rock g...

In GEAR » Life of trail runners
April 22, 9:41am

Re: Does anone still use tyvek as a ground cloth?
I use the indoor window wrap. The outdoor wrap is about 50% heavier—though tougher. And I cut it big and let it shrink in the sun before I go out and use it. And March and April is when I find it...

In GEAR » Does anone still use tyvek as a ground cloth?
April 19, 5:50pm

Re: sp600
“A simple tealight is ultra-efficient, ultra easy, and ultra cheap with the SP600,” M B, I like your idea of adding foil tape to increase its height/volume. How does the t light do at 0F? ...

In GEAR » SnowPeak 600 - stoves
April 18, 11:02am

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