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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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Re: Re: 2014 Staff Picks
Hi Donna > Get some women on the team and have them do some gear reviews as well. OK, I will call you on that one. Write some gear reviews yourself! Seriously - I have asked several fem...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 04, 1:13pm

Re: xpac in the cold
XPac frame pack, many years in the snow. Several weights of material. No problems. Cheers

In GEAR » xpac in the cold
January 04, 2:00am

Re: Large Carnivores Getting Comfy in Europe
So far we have seen many vultures and large raptors, one bear and one wild boar in Europe. No wolves. Cheers

In On the Web » Large Carnivores Getting Comfy in Europe
January 04, 1:58am

Re: Re: Ice axe
Hi Monty I had a look at the Saucony Xodus. Yes, they look nice, BUT 'width medium' - which usually means a D fitting. That would be pain and suffering for me: I'm a 4E. It seems Sau...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 04, 1:37am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ice axe
Hi Eric > No one could get the wrong idea from the pics ... Nahhh OUCH! "Oh, they are just pretty pics. We never said you should use this rope for that ..." Sigh. With you ther...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 03, 10:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ice axe
> "But perhaps BPL should put a disclaimer about it not being suitable where life or > limb (per the manufacturer) is at stake when one states > It self-arrests and self-belays with...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 03, 9:43pm

Re: Re: Re: Ice axe
Hi Eric > B rated axes are meant for self arrest, glacier travel, and scrambling/moderate > mountaineering > T rated are meant for technical terrain Precisely. And what rating does...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 03, 8:46pm

Re: Re: 2014 Staff Picks re NB1210 sole pics
Hi Ken Well, I dunno. I see what you mean, but neither Sue nor I have had that sort of thing happen to our Leadvilles - or to other NB joggers either. We just don't see that sort of abrasion...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 03, 8:13pm

Re: Huh?
> What keeps your foot from sliding right out the back when climbing? There is nothing > like a heel strap I can see. True, and I agree that there would be a problem. But I wonder ... yo...

In GEAR » Vargo's new 2015 4oz 10point crampons
January 03, 2:27pm

Re: Ice axe
Hi Eric You are right, but you are also completely wrong in this context. What Doug chose as one of his picks is the Suluk titanium/CF hill walking axe. It has been tested using the UIAA prot...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 03, 2:17pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm