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Keith Selbo (herman666) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Northern Virginia
About Me I've been a camper all my life. BK: (before kids) the wife and I would throw our bikes and a little wheeled trunk in the back of the plane and head for the boonies just about every weekend. AK: Camping was a rarity, but we took day hikes with the kids. Now the kids are on their own and we've discovered lightweight backpacking. Been doing it for three years. Base pack weight is 14lb and decreasing. Tent is now a Hennessy Hyperlight and I've replaced the Miniworks with a Sawyer.

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All Forum Posts by Keith Selbo

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another place that rank lives on
Click "My Account" at the top right of at least some of your BPL screens. Your rank appears along with other account information.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » What happened to BPL Ranks???
June 21, 12:45pm

doing the whole job
As far as I'm concerned, gravity filters are the only way to go. I've pumped and I've Steripened and I've waited 4 hours for chemicals to kill giardia. Nothing beats hanging a bag...

In Make Your Own Gear » Light and Easy Water Filtration for the Lazy Backpacker
June 04, 11:57am

not filtering water
The human race got along without filtering for a long time and many many people went their whole lives without getting sick, also many got sick and died. Anecdotes citing success really don't m...

In GEAR » Do you filter your water?
June 02, 10:27am

maybe not the right first project
Daniel, There are a lot of nuances to a good 20 degree bag. The last thing you need is a zipper that jams continually or drafty or leaky seams. A stuff sack is a good first project. A ten...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sleeping bag
May 27, 6:21pm

the case against straps on poles
My wife and I were crossing a rock field we were both using GG Lightrek 3 carbon fiber poles. Mine were stock. She didn't like not having straps so I installed straps on hers. I caught my p...

In Make Your Own Gear » 6 oz/pole, $30 DIY poles
May 21, 11:06am

The lightest rock bag out there
"So many good suggestions! Any other thoughts on using the stocking as a rock bag?" The lightest, most reliable bag is no bag at all. With practice, you can truss up a rock on the end...

In Make Your Own Gear » making a bear bag system
May 20, 8:04am

dearth of information
You don't give us a lot to go on. Do you have access to a digital camera? A photo might be helpful in diagnosing your problem. If you're using good fuel, (ethanol or methanol) about ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Alcohol Stove Troubleshooting
May 20, 7:53am

The thinner the line ...
The thinner the line, the deeper the cut in the branch. A slick polypropylene rope about 0.125 in. diameter is a good compromise between weight and thinness.

In Make Your Own Gear » making a bear bag system
May 19, 11:49am

add to your skill mix
Google the Klutz Book of Knots or find a knot website and learn how to reliably tie your line directly to a good heavy rock. No bag to carry or wear out. I used to use the rock sack. Trust me, ...

In Make Your Own Gear » making a bear bag system
May 19, 7:58am

Re: re. re-fueling
Lifting the pot and throwing in another hand full of wood just doesn't sound that complicated to me.

In Make Your Own Gear » 4.8 oz. micro woodgas stove
May 17, 11:53am

All Reader Reviews by Keith Selbo

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zpacks Arc Blast 52 liter
This pack has been so comfortable that I considered downgrading my other pack reviews to allow valid comparisons. Zpacks has made some changes to the Arc blast since I bought mine last year. I'll...

In Backpacks - External Frame
November 25, 12:24pm

Osprey Exos 58
I bought this pack for the loads imposed by longer hikes which exceed the comfort capacity of my GG Mariposa. The decision to buy was a long time coming because the 58 weighs a pound and two ounces mo...

In Backpacks - External Frame
March 28, 1:43pm

Hennessy CAT CAPE PONCHO RAINFLY
Product: CAT CAPE PONCHO RAINFLY Manufacturer: Hennessy Hammocks Weight: 9 oz. Price: $89 This Rain fly replaces the stock fly on a number of Hennessy models including the Hyperlight Backpack...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
October 09, 1:04pm

Hennessy Hammock Asym
I reviewed the hyperlight backpacker elsewhere, but I wanted to comment on the review above that said it's necessary to tighten the ropes after lying in the hammock. This hasn't been my exp...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
October 09, 12:41pm

SteriPen Adventurer
Price: $90 Weight: 3.6 oz Capacity: 50 l. per set of CR12...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
May 20, 11:28am

Bearikade Expedition
First, I'll round out the product info of the first review with the dimensions: 9" dia. by 14". Pricey is an understatement. I surveyed bear canisters (see below) and this canister is ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 05, 9:57am

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
The first reviewer in this thread summed up just about everything pretty well. I'd have opted to pay the fraction of an ounce weight penalty for a higher collar to avoid the inconvenience of usin...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 22, 8:43am

Hennessy Hammocks lightweight hammock shelters
For starters, they have some fantastic promotions. I got a Scout model free with my Hyperlight Backpacker. I gave it my daughter and she loves it. When I bought a Hyperlight for my wife, another ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 11:01am

Backcountrygear.com
When the wrong Western Mountaineering jacket model arrived (They sent me a Flash when I'd ordered a Flight) they overnighted me the Flight jacket and a return label for the Flash. I like a compan...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 10:51am

Remington RMHL2AAA-B
Serious Competition For the EOS Manufacturer's Specifications ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 07, 9:20pm