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Richard Matthews (food) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado Rockies
About Me Orienteering 25+ years.

Xski and done 20+ hut trips

Hiked Colorado Trail and now adopter.

Hiked Wonderland Trail

Summitted 29 14'ers.

40+ nights below the rim in the Grand Canyon. Linked trips to walk from Cameron to Elves Chasm.
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All Forum Posts by Richard Matthews

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Re: Backpacking weddings/engagement/divorces?
I am thrilled when I return home from a hike that my wife did not change the locks.

In Chaff » Backpacking weddings/engagement?
April 09, 2:02pm

Re: Ursack does protect from little teeth
Joseph, The Critter sacks were made from Spectra fabric. I took to leaving them on a flat rock at night. One morning there was a small hole in the bag. The hole was about .25 wide on the outs...

In GEAR » Anyone Has Experience with the Ratsack?
April 04, 2:38pm

Re: What kind of stakes for the Canyon?
Kevin, I use Al gutter spikes with a washer in the Canyon. They still bend when you try to drive them in, but at that cost you don't whine as much.

In GEAR » Equinox bivy enough for Grand Canyon precip?
April 03, 1:22pm

Re: Anyone Has Experience with the Rat Sack? Rat Sack vs. URsack?
I have had small holes chewed in Critter Sacks. Critter Sacks was the company the Ursack forced out of business. I lost no food. I think the poor critters chewed all night and got nothing. I ...

In GEAR » Anyone Has Experience with the Ratsack?
April 03, 1:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
Rick, The poncho is pitched to mirror the A-Sym of the Hennessy with 2 stakes. The sag defining ridgeline of the Hennessy makes it easy to determine if it will work for the hammock. The Skeete...

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
April 01, 4:50am

Re: Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
I use a Campmor Ultralight Extension poncho or a GoLite poncho. They are the same size and basically the same cost. The Campmor is lighter, but only comes in royal blue. The GoLite comes in ...

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
March 30, 3:59pm

Re: How dangerous is thru-hiking?
Stuart, You will die if you do not carry a gun on your hike. Likely shot by a jealous lover near the century mark. However, the hike will be safe. Where are emoticons when you need them?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How dangerous is thru-hiking?
March 25, 3:13pm

Re: Summer '08 Colorado Trail-Start Date?
It depends. When there are airline tickets, etc. to consider then I think you plan on starting the 4th of July. Just past the tunnel west bound look at the Ten Mile Range. If the Range is near...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Summer '08 Colorado Trail-Start Date?
March 17, 7:42am

major trails
Bill has given some very good advice. I am a Colorado Trail maintainer and the Foundation gave me a three ring binder book on policies and procedures. I bet that any trail that recruits volunteer...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Constructing hiking trails
March 13, 12:47pm

Re: Virtual Frame
The rolled tube works best for higher weights. Another issue is the distance between the heavy dense things in your pack and your back. A 40" long .5" thick pad folded moves the weigh...

In GEAR » Virtual Frame
March 05, 10:20am

All Reader Reviews by Richard Matthews

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Trail Designs Customer Service
Rand provides better customer service that we have a right to expect. The Caldera Cones are the most fuel efficient that I have used.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 26, 3:48pm

zpacks Company
I have purchased packs and pouches and had Joe do some custom sewing. The quality is excellent and the delivery time is great. I mailed him a G4 for some modifications and received it back in 8 da...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 04, 8:23am

Zpacks Blast 32
Blast 32 by Zpack Options and additions: Webbing belt, Sternum strap, Daisy chain on shoulder straps, Base shock cord loops, One shoulder pouch, Shockcord and cordlock water bottle holder on ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 26, 9:08am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
I use the extended version sold through Campmor. Recently I did a rainy week long hike with my 74 year old friend. We wore our ponchos at some time every day for a week. When we were coming out we ...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 04, 9:54am

Jacks R Better No Sniveller quilt
I got the No Sniveller and Nest together to use with my hammock. When wearing expedition weight long underwear the quilts will keep me warm to 30 degrees in the hammock. I also use the NS on the g...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
January 03, 3:23pm

Hennessy Hammock Asym
I have used the Hennessy as my primary shelter for 4 years now. The A-Sym design allows a poncho to be used as the fly. The bottom entry allows the fly to be set very close to the hammock. This...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
January 03, 3:09pm

Gatorade Bottle
I use a cozy made out of CCF pad so that I can shake my hot beverages. The mouth is just wide enough to allow drink mixes to be added without spilling. They fit in a normal bike bottle holster. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 03, 2:37pm

Trangia 28-5 Mini Aluminum Cook Pot
The lid from the AntiGravityGear 3 cup pot fits pretty well on the pot. Pour in a bag meals become monotonous quickly. This set gives me the ability to fry. The skillet works well with the alco...

In Cookware - Other
January 03, 2:27pm

Mary Jane's Farm Sante Fe Pasta
Don't forget Nick's Couch Potatoes, Red Pesto Pasta and Mac & Cheese. Lots of olive oil with all of them. I generally add chopped turkey pepperoni or bacon crumbles.

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
August 04, 7:18am

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
This tent brings together many of the superior design features from other light weight tents. The basic design is similar to the Dancing Light Gear Tacoma Solo Shelter. The Lunar solo has a very g...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 04, 7:08am