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David Bonn (david_bonn) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Cascades
About Me Semi-retired computer geek, sometime employee of the National Parking Lot Service, fluent skier and hiker.

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Re: Travel by plane
The big problem with a box is that when TSA decides to search it they won't have a good way to repackage it, unless you thoughtfully provide them with packing tape and they have the time. I pack...

In GEAR » UL gear and planes
February 15, 11:00am

Re: Ultralight Store?
There is quite a bit of ultralight gear for sale at a few places on the AT, like at Neel's Gap and NOC. Stehekin Valley Ranch, about three miles off the PCT in Washington State, had tarptents, a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Store?
February 13, 7:36pm

Re: how much?
Out of curiousity, can you name the town of infamy where this happened? I am usually super-laid-back about my gear. Never, ever had any problems with gear thefts. Lots of bad incidents at trai...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » how much?is it covered/
February 13, 3:47pm

Re: UL long distance list
I'll raise one big eyebrow on this list. A down jacket on the AT is a bad idea. If you are a northbounder, especially, you will have several extremely cold and rainy periods in your first month...

In Gear Lists » UL long distance list
February 13, 2:12pm

Re: how much?
Generally around twelve hundred bucks, depending on the trip. If I have the spiffy camera along that could double. In practice, it is hard to imagine anyone stealing my reeking, filthy, often d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » how much?is it covered/
February 13, 11:56am

Re: Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
I think Ryan's post was awesome. My own exerience is that is way more important to spend time finding a good spot to pitch the tarp than anything else. Being impatient at the end of a long day ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
February 10, 3:23pm

Re: Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
It shouldn't take more than a few minutes to pitch a tarp under conditions like you describe. Generally, I spend more time choosing a spot for the tarp than actually pitching it. And you do nee...

In Philosophy & Technique » Benchmark time for Tarp Set Up?
February 09, 6:09pm

Re: Crossing Snow Fields
Keep in mind that it is impossible to give a satisfactory answer to your question. A lot will depend on conditions when you actually reach the snowfields in question. There is also a heck of a ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Crossing Snow Fields
February 04, 3:21pm

Re: non-cook hiking
I sometimes skip cooking on short trips in good weather. On longer trips I usually have a dinner or two where cooking is at least optional. It all boils down to psychology in most environmental...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking without kitchen
February 02, 5:20pm

Re: Innovation I'm waiting for
I'd agree around $200 would be a reasonable price point. I know I go through more disposable canisters than that most years. As someone else noted, pure propane has a ferocious vapor pressure. ...

In GEAR » Innovation I'm waiting for
February 02, 1:11pm

All Reader Reviews by David Bonn

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Western Mountaineering Summer Coupler
I think the big killer for me and my so was that it was made of cotton. It needs to be made of some very light synthetic instead. Once again, a great idea with poor execution.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 26, 9:09am

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
One other thing that I think is good is that the stretchy fabric is relatively thin -- this means that if you are exercising you can still wear the hat in quite cold weather, and if it is wicked cold ...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 25, 1:56pm

Superfeet Performance Green
Thirty bucks is a lot of money for an insole. But it is way cheaper than knee surgery. I've been using them religiously for four years in everything but rock climbing shoes and backcountry ski boots...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 09, 11:02am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
Lightweight, simple, doubles as a pillow. This pullover is a wonderful evolution of the original puffball pullover.

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 09, 10:55am

GoLite Phantom Jacket
Awesome light jacket. Enormous pit zips help ventilation a lot. High pockets let you stash gloves and trail mix where you can get them without taking your pack off. A little heavier than some more ...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:53am

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I don't go anywhere without this pullover. For everything from groomed cross-country ski tours to weeklong climbing trips to long-distance backpacks. This is probably the most useful item of clothin...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
August 09, 10:51am

Patagonia Specter Jacket
Wonderfully light. Waterproof. Reasonably breathable. More expensive than my first car (and more waterproof too). The big pockets help venting a bit, but it doesn't (in my opinion) vent particul...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:49am

ULA Equipment P-1
I've used my P-1 since March, with several trips up to two weeks (with resupply) and trips as long as seven days without a resupply. I like the side pockets a lot. I'd like them better (and give t...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 09, 10:43am