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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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Insulated hard shells
Just to pile on, just say no to insulated hardshells. It sounds like what you own would suffice for the times you are moving. You said you were hiking not camping or backpacking or ski touring....

In Winter Hiking » Insulated hard shells
January 04, 11:00pm

4 season tent with hole in floor
During really big storms, use it for cooking. During really big and long storms, if you forgot your relief bottle, as a might want to also use your shovel. You should look up t...

In GEAR » 4 season tent with hole in floor??
January 04, 8:59pm

Pack Less Be More Web Strategy
Thanks for the comments. I was not speaking so much about the actual coding of the pages as the evident desire, goal, strategy to use new editorial content to drive traffic to what looks like a ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Pack Less Be More Web Strategy
January 03, 7:27pm

Pack Less Be More Web Strategy
Maybe this has been discussed somewhere else. The pack less be more content appears to be taking traffic to a completely different domain and not a subpage nested under Is this int...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Pack Less Be More Web Strategy
January 02, 11:08pm

2 person Winter Tent
I went through the same shopping exercise three years ago. I rejected the BD single walled tents because I usually camp below tree line and sometimes there is very wet snow and even rain in wi...

In GEAR » Ultralight 4 Season tents, some questions for "real" winter shelters
December 31, 10:03am

Sota Muka Liquid Fuel Stove
Thanks Roger I do take my WindPro when I go out by myself. But when cooking for a group, I prefer white gas because it is cheaper. So I was looking for evaluations of the Sota Muka.

In GEAR » Soto Muka Liquid-Fuel Stove for Snow Camping?
December 29, 11:56am

Who pays ==> who leads US National Forest SAR
This is what was taught years ago in a outdoor leadership class led by a backcountry ranger for the Stanislaus NF. In the State of California, on National Park lands, the Park Service takes the lea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Who pays for Angeles National Forest SAR?
December 29, 11:52am

Soto Muka Liquid-Fuel Stove for Snow Camping?
I was in my garage, prepping my white gas stove for winter camping and wondering if it is time for an upgrade. I got an REI gift card for xmas and looking at web reviews of the Soto Muka Liquid-...

In GEAR » Soto Muka Liquid-Fuel Stove for Snow Camping?
December 28, 6:57pm

Platypus 2.0L Gravity Works
If the 2.0 L system is like the 4 L system, the connection to the clean bag is standard Playpus screw on cap. It is possible to attach a standard Platypus drinking hose to the clean bag. But the B...

In GEAR » Platypus 2.0L GravityWorks Filter System
December 28, 12:08pm

Skyline to the Sea in January
Liz I have hiked in in January and Feb and March. If you choose the right weekend, it can be truly awesome. I was snowed on twice coming down from Skyline though and once at Waterman Gap. If yo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Skyline to Sea January
December 28, 11:22am

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm