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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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Rainshell question to our UK based BPL'ers: PacLite vs GoreTex
I am getting ready for my long distance walk later this month in Northumbria. I can take my 10 oz ArcTeryx PacLite shell or a somewhat older and heavier GoreTex ACR shell. Although the long ran...

In GEAR » Rainshell question to our UK based BPL'ers: PacLite vs GoreTex
May 11, 3:34pm

Annual vs Forum Member???
My annual membership is up for renewal in June. I cannot see any reason not to switch to Forum membership? Can anyone tell me the difference in real benefits? Thx

In Chaff » Annual vs Forum Member???
April 16, 6:03pm

Copper Spur vs Double Rainbow
To the OP, you mention kids and your wife. You might think of their possible preferences and activities in the tent that might require more room. I find the TT DR tight but tolerable for my wif...

In GEAR » Need some Tent advice
March 21, 6:27pm

UK Web Source for Iso-Butane Canisters
Stephen That might explain why the UK vendors I have looked at on line, e.g. Hike Lite UK, ship canister stoves but not canisters.

In Pre-Trip Planning » UK web source for iso-butane canisters
March 18, 12:40pm

UK web source for iso-butane canisters
I have a long distance walk planned this May in the UK. Does anyone know of a UK retailer who would take an order for canisters and ship surface to a UK (hotel) address? Thanks.

In Pre-Trip Planning » UK web source for iso-butane canisters
March 18, 12:27pm

Snow Shoes
Interesting article In the Sierras on the crest say 8500 to 9000 feet In the shoulder season, like Spring or October when hiking on icy trails I find Microspikes or sometimes light aluminum cram...

In GEAR » Snowshoes - MSR Women's, Northern Lites or Other?
February 24, 10:28pm

Snow Shoes MSR Or Northern Lites
I think the answer is "it depends". It depends on snow conditions, and types of routes. If you are going up and down slopes, you will need the extra traction of the MSR. Will you...

In GEAR » Snowshoes - MSR Women's, Northern Lites or Other?
February 21, 6:08pm

Bivy help- I have same problem
I turn perhaps 8 or 9 times in one night and have the same problem with my NeoAir inside my MLD bivy. Sometimes I wake up with the Neoair on top of my sleeping bag. The simplest solution Inspec...

In GEAR » Bivy help
February 19, 7:00pm

Soto Muka LF Stove for Snow Camping
Jim I wind screen worked fine. I was using an OpenCounty 4 liter pot and had the windscreen loosely wrapped in a U shape so it was never that close to the stove and the stove was well ventilated. ...

In GEAR » Soto Muka Liquid-Fuel Stove for Snow Camping?
February 07, 9:21am

SOTO Muka LF Stove for Snow Camping
Well I had an REI gift certificate and bought the stove. After one trip, here are my initial impressions. After second trip I will write up a review for the review section Positives -Very li...

In GEAR » Soto Muka Liquid-Fuel Stove for Snow Camping?
February 06, 6:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm