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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Guest

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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road to Leavitt lake
We would be driving in this coming Friday. Any up to date info is appreciated. The car is now a Suburu with 7 plus inches of clearance and Awd but no real low gear.

In Pre-Trip Planning » California SR 108- Condition of Road to Leavitt Lake (Hoover Wilderness)
August 12, 10:40pm

String ridge 2
Ray Estrella reviewed it on the backcountry gear test site. I have used it three times so far. It vents very well even with two people inside.

In GEAR » Hilleberg Soulo or Mountain hardwear EV2
August 10, 11:27pm

Another option
Did you look at the Big Agnes String Ridge 2. At about 5 lbs it is close to the same weight as the EV2 but cheaper, especially if you use the REI 20% discount. I could not go for the expense of ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Soulo or Mountain hardwear EV2
August 10, 5:54pm

Adult involvement
AFAIK there are rules, policies and procedures at the national, council, and troop level. Just to repeat what the Scouters on this site already know, at the national level, the minimum standard ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » How often backpacking?
August 10, 12:00am

1 inch buckles for Osprey
Try calling Osprey customer support. When I broke some buckles on my circa 2005 Osprey pack, they shipped replacements for free. Very impressive.

In Make Your Own Gear » 1" buckles for Osprey pack?
August 05, 4:46pm

Road to Leavitt Lake
Thanks Ken Looks like we might be taking my friends 2WD mini van and not my AWD. Is your answer the same. The alternative TH is looking like Leavitt Meadows. Bruce

In Pre-Trip Planning » California SR 108- Condition of Road to Leavitt Lake (Hoover Wilderness)
August 04, 11:12am

California SR 108- Condition of Road to Leavitt Lake (Hoover Wilderness)
I am trying to confirm that my AWD vehicle with 7.5 inches of clearance most likely is NOT recommended on the road from SR 108 to Leavitt Lake. The Bridgeport Ranger station is not answering their ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » California SR 108- Condition of Road to Leavitt Lake (Hoover Wilderness)
August 03, 4:18pm

Water at Carson Iceberg
I just got back from a loop that started at Highlands Lake, Upper Gardner Meadow TH. It very dry but the streams and springs marked as year round on the topo map were running. Sometimes it was s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Water at Carson-Iceberg
August 03, 4:15pm

Best Peak to Hike
+ 1 to Leavitt Peak There are several routes up and down, including access from Blue Canyon Lake. The shortest and most direct route is up the PCT from Sonora Pass TH. Last year at this time th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best Peak to Hike in Sierra Wildernesses-Close to trailhead
June 23, 11:24am

MLD DuoMid for winter use
I have used both the Oware AlphaMid and the MLD DuoMid for snow camping in the Sierras for 4 or 5 years now. I prefer the DuoMid to the AlphaMid since it has more tie outs, very nice door, hoo...

In GEAR » MLD DuoMid or GoLite Shangri-la 3 for winter use?
May 26, 9:34am

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm