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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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Geez ...
I never even got a chance to say 'marketing spin'... :-) Cheers

In GEAR » Why don't manfucaturers list the fill wieght of down jackets?
December 21, 3:45am

Re: List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
Ah ... could one add female companion? I am sure she would like to be kept warm. Cheers

In Winter Hiking » List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
December 20, 7:45pm

Re: h2o fuel release
Probably candle wax (in hydrocarbons in genrral). You get energy from the hydrogen atoms and the carbon atoms. To minimise the amount of water (H2O) emitted per energy released, you need to maximi...

In Philosophy & Technique » h2o fuel release
December 20, 7:43pm

Re: Waterproof Pants ?
I used to carry great big heavy GoreTex trousers. Weighed a ton. Got wet. Then I carried light Peter Storm PU-coated trousers. Much lighter. Still got wet. Now I carry Golite Whims - water repell...

In GEAR » Waterproof Pants ?
December 20, 1:27pm

Re: Altitude vs. Cold for Canister Stoves
Jim is probably right about the effect of altitude: I suspect he has been checking the Pressure/Temperature charts. But I keep saying that what matters is not the ambient temperature but the tem...

In GEAR » how cold can you use a liquid feed canister stove?
December 19, 4:45pm

Re: Re: My tick experience. No pictures but not for the squeamish.
> How can you distinguish between allergic reaction and quick spreading infection? In my experience, an allergic reaction can happen 10x faster than any infection. I suspect your doctor may ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My tick experience. No pictures but not for the squeamish.
December 19, 1:25pm

Re: Brunton Nomad Generation 3 Pro-Altimeter and Barometer Compass
You could learn how to navigate off the sun? $0 Needs sunlight of course. cheers

In GEAR » Brunton Nomad Generation 3 Pro-Altimeter and Barometer Compass
December 19, 1:17pm

Re: Plating
Hi Kate It is possible to plate brass onto other metals, but the chemistry can be a bit toxic. One process uses a cyanide bath. Not fun stuff. The alternative is to buff the brass nice and shiny...

In GEAR » Brass spoon?
December 19, 2:18am

Re: The most dangerous risk
Hi Jen Yup. Fortuitously, I was forced into considering that problem many years ago. With my wife's support (OK, urging), I gave away the 9-5 job business and went freelance. NEVER regrette...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Advice from long distance walkers....
December 18, 8:29pm

Re: List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
Headlight & batteries Watch (LCD and batteries) Contact lenses (ever tried putting frozen contact lenses in your eyes?) Cheers

In Winter Hiking » List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
December 18, 5:25pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm