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b d (bdavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
About Me Happy to find this site. Camping, hiking, whatever - love kayaks and have a bunch of foldables if people are ever in the area and want to use one - including a Klepper double which is great for taking gear and two people anywhere, including by sail in low wind conditions. Spent so much time reviewing all the posts and articles here over Thanksgiving I thought I would fill in some blanks. Me and partner live a few miles from Lassen peak on Hwy. 44 if you want to look it up and are in the area. Welcome to use our home as a base.
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All Forum Posts by b d

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Re: Value of a BPL Membership
David and others: I totally agree with Bill. This is the best $25 I spent in years and it has saved me years of learning curve and 10 times the membership fee by educating me to the gear that ...

In GEAR » GoLite Poncho / Tarp
December 15, 11:52am

Edible Gear - Brazil Nut fire starter
I had to try this one after reading about it in Backpacker magazine at the Hermits Hut Base Camp 1 store. It is edible and it is gear. It does burn like a candle as described in the magazin...

In GEAR » Edible Gear - Brazil Nut fire starter
December 14, 6:54pm

Re: Bivvy bag as standard gear
I am just getting into the idea of using a tarp and a bivvy sack as a shelter in inclement weather. Have you experienced any downsides to the use of a bivvy?

In Philosophy & Technique » Bivvy bag as standard gear
December 13, 11:25pm

Re: Tent Philo
I am new to UL gear, pretty much. You have to try it out and calculate before you buy what your use is going to be and then read everything here you can find on the topic or specific piece of gear...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tent Philo
December 13, 11:24pm

I'll buy it if Dave doesn't or someone else hasn't already purchased it. Thanks. bd, email sent.

December 13, 7:06pm

Gossamer Gear Sale
Just got this in their email newsletter: 1. Mariposa Plus. Yep, still have some left of the '06 model and they are dirt cheap at $75.00 - one size left in both colors at http://www.gossamerg...

In Gear Deals » Gossamer Gear Sale
December 13, 7:04pm

Re: US Antarctic Program Safety Manual
I had the same reaction ... I just had to read, and read, and read for an hour or two. It was a great source of info for a beginner at real cold weather camping like me, and it confirmed the con...

In Winter Hiking » US Antarctic Program Safety Manual
December 13, 6:55pm

State of the Market Report: Bivy Sacks
The weight is what is important to me in considering the bivy sack as gear I will really get out there and use. The BMW/BPL Nano looks like it will be in my gear to try out (when they are availabl...

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market Report: Bivy Sack Technologies, Products, and Applications (2006)
December 13, 10:59am

Re: Tarps and Bugs
The following BPL articles were very helpful to me in thinking through the tarp and tent issue, UL and SUL bivvies seems like the way to go if you don't want bugs: Advanced Tarp Camping Tech...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarps and Bugs
December 13, 10:06am

US Antarctic Program Safety Manual
I stumbled across this amazing safety manual, w/gear lists and emergency first aid procedures, tents, stoves, extreme cold weather clothing info, and more at the US Antarctic Program government web...

In Winter Hiking » US Antarctic Program Safety Manual
December 12, 8:50pm

All Reader Reviews by b d

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Outdoor Products Hall Pass Day/O'Nite Pack
I picked up this pack for $20 US at a Big 5 to experiment with (Campmor has it listed at $14.99). The thought was to see if it would do for a day, a night, and a day camping trip. Here it is packed,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 29, 1:22pm

Gorillapod SLR
I rarely bother to review items I would not use or which deserve less than a 4, but this chain caught my eye. Owning a GorillaPod for SLRs I can't recommend it for a person trying to go UL. So I...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
January 27, 7:32pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
January 27, 6:30pm

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
I have been using the same piece of Reynolds aluminum foil for a windscreen and a food prep area for about 6 months, maybe 8 now. It held up well and is light weight. It is important to get the heav...

In Stoves - Other
January 26, 7:54pm

BMW Stealth 0 NANO (6x8) UL Tarp - 4.2 oz. Catenary Ridgeline
I don't think I could have found a better tarp to learn with and from. It is fragile compared to heavier fabric tarps, but it is precisely for that reason that it is a great learning tool This...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
January 26, 7:05pm

Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava
I entirely agree with Craig S.' review. I carry this item with me everywhere once the weather turns cool or cold. I wear it over or under my Mountain Hardwear Micro beanie, and both of them unde...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 26, 12:59pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
These are a real find. I was waiting for the BPL Gear Shop to get them back in stock and am glad I waited. My partner got a pair of gloves from another New Zealand supplier and although they are gre...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 23, 8:35pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Jacket (Women's)
This is a piece of gear my partner obtained. But, it also works for me. She got a large to wear over other items, and it fits me fine as well. It is well made and is warm, but not too hot in cold...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 23, 8:16pm

OR DryComp Summit Sack
A few short months ago I never thought I could use a frameless pack. But, testing out systems and hiking more, because my pack weight was going down as my familiarity and technique with gear and the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 21, 8:05pm

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
It has taken some time, and a lot of winter boredom, to get to trying out chemical water treatment systems -- goal: reduce weight w/o gagging on the water after treatment. So after studying here I fi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 21, 7:10pm