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John Haley (Quoddy) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale New York/Vermont Border
About Me I retired in October 2006. Previously a meteorologist for twenty years with the U.S. Air Force, an advanced skydiving instructor for the R.A.F., EMT, Ambulance Dispatcher, and an operations manager for a trucking company.

Regular wilderness and trail hiker. Presently in the SUL gear range.
(Sub 3 for three seasons)

I can almost always be found in the company of my Welsh Springer Spaniel, "Quoddy"...that's where I got the trailname Quoddy.
CityPetersburgh
StateNew York
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/Quoddy
My PDF Gear ListQuoddy's Sub 3 Gear List for 3 Season's Plus

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All Forum Posts by John Haley

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NeoAir (Regular)
I blew up my regular sized NeoAir today and firstly was surprised that the length apprears to be slightly under rated. I held it up in front of me and it was at least as tall as me at 6'1"...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
April 08, 10:59am

Re: Contrail Rear Pole Length?
The ideal rear pole would be 19" to 20" (two section shock corded) with a flat base tip. A 20" pole would allow a slight push into the ground and work better. The single (orange)...

In Gear Lists » Tarptent Contrail Vs. Tarptent Rainbow
April 08, 9:03am

Re: light compared
The Doug Ritter version of the light, which I happen to have, is still being sold. It includes all the accessories that the light above does, but has a few extras, including the LED tube. Note: Ph...

In GEAR » photo light question
April 07, 5:26pm

Re: FS: MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho
PM sent in case Ryan doesn't take it.

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho
April 05, 1:52pm

Re: Re: Re: Z-Packs
Roleigh... Ron Bell told me to use Seam-Grip on the DuoMid seams, and not to use Sil-Net. To me that means that the Seam-Grip will work better, be stronger, and be more waterproof on cuben/Spectra...

In GEAR » Zpacks < 2 oz Cuben Fiber Day Pack
April 04, 1:12pm

Re: Z-Packs
David... I've sealed both my Zpacks and MLD cuben stuff sacks and my MLD DuoMid with Seam-Grip and they are 100% waterproof except for the tiny opening where they close. Also, I'll be a...

In GEAR » Zpacks < 2 oz Cuben Fiber Day Pack
April 04, 11:45am

Re: Tarptent Contrail Vs. Tarptent Rainbow
I've used the Contrail extensively and it was almost love at first sight. I'd highly recommend it, particularly if you use treking poles. If not, the benefits are not quite as great. The sp...

In Gear Lists » Tarptent Contrail Vs. Tarptent Rainbow
April 02, 6:12am

Re: NB CDT list
Unfortunately if you want a Nunatac quilt you won't have it within a month's time. The Nunatac is a great choice, though. I have an Arc Specialist in 0.8oz Pertex and 1oz overfill. Custom f...

In Gear Lists » NB CDT list
March 28, 8:42am

Re: When/How did you stop looking down?
To answer the OP... for me it's almost an "effort" to look ahead and around me. Since using treking poles on a regular basis I've been able to take my eyes off the immediate trail...

In Chaff » When/How did you stop looking down?
March 26, 10:13am

Re: Windshirt Advice Request
I've been using the Ether wind shirt for a couple of years and for the weight it can't be beat for wind and light drizzle stopping. This is an item I always hike with.

In GEAR » Windshirt Advice Request
March 24, 1:38pm

All Reader Reviews by John Haley

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Warbonnet BlackBird
I've used several hammocks and always had the feeling, "if only it had". Then I bought a Warbonnet BlackBird. The hammock was designed by, and is hand built by, a long time hammocker and...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
July 04, 8:40am

Mountain Laurel Designs
Having dealt with Ron Bell for several years and after purchasing tarps, shelters, bivies, and packs... as well as many minor products, I consider Ron's service, help, and products as good as it g...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 3:45pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
This is a perfect jacket, but the parka hood made me drop my score from a 5(+) to a 4. At 7.5oz for a Large, it's the lightest jacket I own, by far. Packs up smaller than a softball. Perfect over...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
December 15, 2:40pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I bought the 90 to use in conjunction with the MB pillow to make what amounts to a 3/4 mat. When I use it in shoulder seasons and into winter, I add a GG Nightlight Torso to the bottom end by punching...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 04, 12:28pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation
I had the chance to begin using my very lightest gear recently. Loaded up this pack with all my gear and food for a slightly rainy weekend. With two 20oz bottles of water the total packweight was 9.5 ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 29, 1:02pm

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I purchased a SPOT Personal Satellite Trackier unit from REI and activated it with GlobalStar for unlimited service on January 24. The product and service are almost totally useless for anyone who is ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 28, 9:39am

5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
I've had a chance to use the nylon canvas version of the 5.11 Tactical pants and have found them to be close to ideal. Slightly heavier than the Railrider's or REI counterpart, they are still ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 04, 4:40pm

Packafeather Featherfire
I've now had a chance to use the FeatherFire on several hikes and it continues to impress me. The adjustability of the flame is great and really allows for simmering after reaching a boil at the h...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 03, 7:32am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
Rather than write paragraphs concerning trying to get the actual product and color I'd ordered, let me just say that after three attempts to get the right item I'm still waiting. The only reas...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 31, 12:44pm

Titanium Goat Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I waited until after I completed my thru hike of the Long Trail to post this review. I wanted to take them through the wringer that this trail provides and see how they faired…the answer was varied. S...

In Trekking Poles
September 14, 7:32am