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James Patsalides ( - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale New England
About Me British fella living in New England. Restarted hiking kick early in 2009 after a lot of years off. Trying to get my 3 year old out on the trail as much as possible. Goals are to hike at least twice a month, every month, with at least one overnight, and ultimately to thru hike the AT by the time I'm 50.

+ Leave No Trace Master Educator.
+ SOLO certified Wilderness First Aider.
+ BPL Wilderness Skills School Alum.
+ Learning/leadership/creativity consultant in real life.
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All Forum Posts by James Patsalides

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Re: New sleeping system for unexperienced person
Derek, Hi! I have become a quilt convert - I think your should try a quilt before you buy a bag... Like you, I was concerned about cold air coming in or drifting under the edge of my quilt. But...

In GEAR » New sleeping system for unexperienced person
April 16, 11:15am

FS: North Face Convertible Hiking Pants
Mens asphalt color, size medium. Great quality zip-off leg pants in perfect condition, used once and been hanging safely in my closet for months. $60 shipped CONUS. Paypal only. PM me if int...

In Gear Swap » FS: North Face Convertible Hiking Pants
April 16, 9:50am

Updated 2010 WP/B Gear
You could also check out the Marmot Precip (~$100) and the almost identical LL Bean Waterproof Storm Jacket. Both great TEK2.5 fabric jackets at around 13oz (depending on size). I have a precip for...

In GEAR » Updated 2010 WP/B Gear
April 16, 9:42am

time for a new camera
Martin, Yeah, the 20mm pancake is incredible. Here's an example of a shot here in Connecticut. First a little close-up with shallow depth of field... I photoshopped it to make it a smaller f...

In Photography » time for a new camera
April 15, 7:45am

time for a new camera
Rog, I got the GF1 with the 20mm pancake (prime) lens. I cannot speeak highly enough of the quality of the lens and the sensor in this camera. Yes, it was $900, and it is a little (!) heavier than...

In Photography » time for a new camera
April 14, 1:29pm

Sleeping pad advice
+1 on Rog's concern. A complete z-lite will not work, however... if you're up for some customization... My sleeping pad is 1/3 of a z-lite (torso) glued to 2/3 of a GG thinlite pad (legs...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping pad advice
April 14, 9:14am

JMT resupply for 2
In addition to shortbread approach (!), consider using a mixture of jelly beans and peanut M&Ms as "packing" material to fill in all the gaps in your cannister. Nutritional info b...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » JMT resupply for 2
April 09, 1:38pm

So what did you do with your dividend?
Mad rock chalk bag, subsequently converted into a camera bag for my GF1 with an innovative closure mechanism! I've attached it to the belt of my golite jam (removed the left belt pocket). Perfe...

In Chaff » So what did you do with your dividend?
April 07, 11:05am

Longitudinal Study
LOL. Funny man. Would love to have your assistance, but, erm, no gear provided! ;-)

April 07, 9:28am

Tarp on the top? Tarp on the bottom?
Guys, Good morning. You know, I think the "tarp on the top"/"tarp on the bottom" debate was started by a comment I made. I have to say that I certainly don't want this to b...

April 07, 7:04am

All Reader Reviews by James Patsalides

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Aquaclip Aquaclip (black)
This little piece of plastic is unbelievable. It clips onto your plastic water bottle (aquafina or smartwater etc), then slides over your belt, pack strap or clip, sternum strap... wherever! If you...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 9:37am

Berghaus C7-65+10
Used this bag for a couple of years on numerous hiking trips BEFORE getting into lightweight backpacking. As an example of a traditional backpack, it is one of the best out there. Berghaus' biof...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 20, 12:54pm

IKEA Plastic Cup (Orange)
This super-cheap lightweight plastic cup form IKEA has become a core part of my cooking and eating system. The cup weights 1oz, and is insulating enough to use for tea or coffee, as well as cold drin...

In Cookware - Other
December 20, 12:36pm

Glaceau Smart Water 1 Liter bottle
I started using these bottles in the late summer and I love them. I now have 3, 2x 1L and 1x 0.6L version. Two of them fit perfectly into the side pocket of my golite jam, or one slides perfectly do...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 20, 12:28pm

Berghaus Tech T Long Sleeve
The Berghaus tech T long sleeve base layer is a top quality lightweight synthetic base layer designed by one of Europe's premier gear manufacturers. This is a summer base layer, roughly equivalen...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
December 15, 11:22am

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
The SpinnTwinn has now become my primary tarp for solo use. The quality is outstanding, perfect stitching, strong tie-outs, the new cord locks are great. Matched up with 8x titanium nails and my LT4 t...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 10, 7:35am

Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
First, I have to state for the record that this is my first quilt, so my review may be biassed by my happy transformational transition from bags to quilts! I have used this quilt as part of an in...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 08, 7:57pm

Golite Jam
If, like me, you're starting the journey into SUL backpacking, this is the perfect starter pack. Good size for a multi-day, but not so huge that you are tempted to put extra stuff into the pack. A...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 11:34am