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Robert Kelly (QiWiz) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I dream of thru hikes but work and family get in the way. Am familiar with most OH and western PA trails; Isle Royale; a little of Rocky Mountain NP; AT from Springer to Hot Springs; some of Monongahela in WV. Have also been on PCT in Yosemite and Mt San Jacinto area in CA and Mt Jefferson area in OR; Bailey Range in Olympic; Wind River Crest in WY. Pack weight 8-12 pounds in all seasons. Happy Trails.
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Re: I like Esbit a lot for certain situations . . .
. . . especially for an extended trip above treeline or in a fire ban area when I can't burn wood. I used Esbit in a CC system on a 3-week AT section hike, mailing it to myself, double-bagged, ...

In GEAR » how come esbit is not more popular?
January 03, 1:37pm

Stove suggestion
If I had to get by with just one stove, it would be a Caldera Cone Ti-Tri (I have the regular ones, but Sidewinder OK too). Multifuel flexibility is key for me (alcohol, Esbit, wood/twig), and a CC...

In GEAR » New Stove Recommendations
January 03, 1:21pm

Love the Sods in winter
Just found this thread. FYI if there is a lot of snow can park vehicles at Timbeline (let management know you will be leaving them and they will tell you where) and can buy a one-way one-time lift ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Group trip: Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV
December 13, 10:10am

Wood stoves in winter
As long as I'm below tree line and just cooking/melting for myself, I bring a woodburner as my primary stove for cooking and melting snow. I bring additional fire starting materials in winter. ...

In GEAR » Wood stove vs gas stove for winter backpacking.
December 13, 9:56am

Santa-time trowel special
During December, stuff your Christmas hiking stockings and those of friends and family with the lightest cathole trowels on the planet. The more you get, the more you save . . . Can you dig ...

In Gear Deals » They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes
December 05, 3:05pm

Titanium patina
I see the process Gary describes every time I make a trowel and my own FireFly stove is now a deep bluish purple color after many burns. I think it's beautiful and I would not want to scrape it...

In GEAR » Snow Peak Pot Rust
December 01, 6:48pm

Can you improve on perfection? ; )
You betcha! Just because you make the lightest cathole trowel on the planet doesn't mean it can't be made even better. I'm always interested in improving my designs. Credit to Steph...

In Gear Deals » They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes
November 25, 8:35am

Big Dig mods; "handle-end enhancement"
@ ALL Lots of great ideas here. I had heard of, and seen pictures of, cord wraps and tape wraps, but never Sugru before Stephen put me on to it. I'm going to get some and play with it, but i...

In GEAR » Big Dig mod
November 25, 8:19am

Ti foil
I have ordered a fairly large quantity of 0.1 mm thick Grade 2 ti foil (about 25% thinner/lighter than the 0.005" foil that titanium goat sells). I will be using this to add some products to m...

In Make Your Own Gear » Titanium (foil)
November 21, 10:15am

Esbit vs alcohol
Alcohol is easier to obtain, and cheaper on trail, though you might have to buy more than you need (12 oz HEET is a reasonable quantity, but still 12 oz). I like alcohol for weekend trips. Esbit...

In GEAR » Esbit vs. Alcohol?
November 21, 9:11am

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