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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Trek 23, July 10-22
We just returned from Philmont. Wow. It was a much bigger and better experience than I anticipated. Our 2 crews had a great time. This was my first trip to Philmont. Our guys benefited greatly from...

In Philmont » LIghtweight Philmont Experince
July 24, 8:33pm

Re: Coffee on the Trail
John, you're right in listing many ways to make coffee on the trail. There's an excellent article in BPL Magazine, issue #6 by Mike Clelland on trail coffee. Your french press will mak...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
July 05, 4:46am

Re: Hand sanitizer doesn't work on dirty hands
Walter, that's a good point. Hand sanitizer won't solve the challenge of filth and grime. We are having the guys in our crew wash their bowl and spoon at least once a day. Our method is to ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scout Gear List
July 03, 1:17pm

Re: Carbon Trekking Poles
Chris, I've used the GG Lightrek 2 poles for 2 years. They are fantastic. The Lightrek 3 are a bit stouter and should be great too. I don't see the 2:1 price difference that you describe. T...

In GEAR » Carbon Trekking Poles
July 02, 8:28am

Re:"Reinventing... the chair"
Mark, that looks lush. I am going to have to try a hammock one of these days. Thanks for the idea.

In Make Your Own Gear » Reinventing... the chair
June 28, 4:51pm

Re: Re: LIghtweight Philmont Experince
THANKS, John. Great report. I can't wait to go. Less than 2 weeks to go.

In Philmont » LIghtweight Philmont Experince
June 25, 8:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Unpackaging Philmont Food
The big thing about turkey bag cooking in my mind is that I'm not washing dishes. Actually that responsibility belongs to the young guys on our Philmont crew. They don't want to wash dishes...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
June 24, 8:16am

Re: 2.5 Gallon Water Containers
Mike, Jim, Scott, For our crews we have each hiker carry a minimum of 2 x 1 liter bottles plus a 2.5 liter Platypus. So, we are not planning on carrying the 2.5 gal container as we have a gallon+ ...

In Philmont » Philmont Checklist
June 15, 9:50pm

Re: Hot weather - sleeping bag needed?
In both the Grand Canyon (low humidity) and Oklahoma (not so low humidity) I've used either an old Marmot sleeping bag liner or a sheet when temps are steadily 70F or higher at night.

In GEAR » Hot weather - sleeping bag needed?
June 05, 12:54pm

Re: Tilley hat - which one?
LT6 is my favorite. Size 7 3/4 at only 3.5 oz. I like the fast drying nylon. I wore it on a hike in hot, muggy weather yesterday. It's easy to wash. The brim softens with age and when wet. But ...

In GEAR » Tilley hat - which one?
May 25, 7:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm