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Will Rietveld (WilliWabbit) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southwest Colorado
About Me Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
CityDurango
StateColorado
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://home.bresnan.net/~swultralight/

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All Forum Posts by Will Rietveld

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FS: BPL TORSOLITE SLEEPING PAD
This is an original Bozeman Mountain Works TorsoLite inflatable sleeping pad, which is mostly identical to later versions. Weight is 10 oz. 18" wide at top/13" wide at bottom, 32.5" ...

In Gear Swap » FS: BPL TORSOLITE SLEEPING PAD
November 25, 4:51pm

FS: BIG SKY INTERNATIONAL MONTANA 2P TENT, SUMMERLITE VERSION, ONLY 2.5 POUNDS--WITHDRAWN, NOT FOR SALE
Lightly used Big Sky International Montana 2P double wall tent, summer ultralight version with spinnaker fly, mesh interior, carbon fiber pole set, aluminum pole set, stakes (4 of which are titaniu...

In Gear Swap » FS: BIG SKY INTERNATIONAL MONTANA 2P TENT, SUMMERLITE VERSION, ONLY 2.5 POUNDS
November 25, 3:36pm

FS: SIX MOONS DESIGNS SKYSCAPE SCOUT TENT-- Sold!
FS: SMD Skyscape Scout solo tent. Uses 2 trekking poles for support. 34 ounces. For more info, go to http://sixmoondesigns.com/tents/SkyscapeScout.html Brand new, unused in stuff sack, sell for ...

In Gear Swap » FS: SIX MOONS DESIGNS SKYSCAPE SCOUT TENT
November 25, 2:23pm

Re: A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 1
Excellent overview Roger, concise and understandable. One summer I decided to not treat water and instead choose water from the purest sources. That included water running from snowdrifts. Well...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 1
July 24, 7:01pm

Re: Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review
Hi all, thanks so much for your kind words. I want to verify that I will still be around and continue to contribute to BPL, but to a lessor extent than before. The articles I write from now on will...

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review
June 28, 11:47am

RE: FS: Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail SUL backpack, 7 oz
SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS: Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail SUL backpack, 7 oz
April 07, 4:50pm

RE: FS: GRANITE GEAR VIRGA PACK, LONG TORSO
SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS: GRANITE GEAR VIRGA PACK, LONG TORSO
April 07, 4:46pm

FS: Big Agnes Clearview Sleeping Pad
Inflatable urethane sleeping pad. 20 x 60 x 2.5 mummy shape. 11 ounces. Used, has 4 patches on it, Type A patching material. No leaks. MSRP is $47.95, sell for $20 plus shipping. Include your email...

In Gear Swap » FS: Big Agnes Clearview Sleeping Pad
March 19, 6:00pm

FS: Backpacking Light TorsoLite Sleeping Pad SOLD!
Pad is used, has a black stain on it from the pad sleeve on a backpack. Also has a repair just below the valve, repaired with FreeSole, so should be a permanent repair. Color is red. R-3. 17" ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Backpacking Light TorsoLite Sleeping Pad
March 19, 4:44pm

Re: Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
I agree with Chris. We did an igloo camping trip together back in 2007 and we learned a lot about the utility of igloos. If you plan to basecamp in a nice area for several days its worth building a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
March 07, 2:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Will Rietveld

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Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
I have used these gaiters a lot and really like them. I don't mind their zipperless/Velcroless design, its lighter and simpler. I have size L. For me, they fit very well over mid or full height boo...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 23, 8:09am

Six Moon Designs Comet
The new Comet backpack has removeable aluminum stays which allow it to be used as either a frameless or internal frame pack. Without stays it weighs 22 oz and with stays it weighs 27 oz. The Comet ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 7:50pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just got this book and its superb! As I paged through the book, I kept saying yes, right on, perfect, exactly! Don presents the UL gospel clearly and concisely, and the illustrations by Mike Clellan...

In Books and Media
August 03, 7:36pm

Gossamer Gear Fire-fly
The Fire-fly is a real lightweight stove made by mo-go-gear and sold by Gossamer Gear. The whole kit weighs 1.5 ounces and includes the burner, pot stand, windscreen, and heat reflector. The open j...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 03, 7:24pm