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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Premium Member

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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Site being hacked... unethical SEO bot scheme
Right now the site is blocking (by human action) known "bad guys. " This is akin to keeping your front door unlocked and open and waiting to recognize the last guy burgled your house an...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » site being hacked
October 20, 10:30pm

How Necessary is a 4 Season Tent
If there is wind and snow, a good 4 season tent could save your life above or below tree line. So how necessary depends on the weather forecast. I have used my BA Seedhouse SL2 in fair weather b...

In Winter Hiking » How necessary is a 4 season tent?
October 17, 9:59pm

Wilderness Survival MB- Low Impact Shelter
To Justin Your said: "First of all, get it out of your head that building a natural shelter has to be a destructive act. It doesn't have to be that way." Yes, I know and that is why...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Wilderness Survival MB- Low Impact Shelters
October 13, 4:27pm

Wilderness Survival MB- Low Impact Shelter
Good feedback. Thanks. I think I will have to reach out to the local Scout reservation. I cannot see pulling this off without causing some impact. I also will talk to some of the High Adventure...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Wilderness Survival MB- Low Impact Shelters
October 13, 12:27pm

Wilderness Survival MB- Low Impact Shelters
I have been a MB counsellor for the camping MB and backpacking MB and am looking at expanding into the Wilderness Survival MB. Does anyone have ideas on low impact survival shelters that might c...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Wilderness Survival MB- Low Impact Shelters
October 13, 9:43am

Gravity Works
Unless folks really object to the taste of chlorine dioxide at Philmont, the pills work fine and do not fail. That being said, I love my Gravity Works but it does weigh more than chlorine dioxid...

In Philmont » Water Purification - Really?
October 10, 9:57pm

Considering Starting a Youth Program
Liability coverage I have been involved in Boy Scout high adventure programs, a couple different youth soccer programs, and supported some Sierra Club youth outreach. I highly recommend that you g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Considering Starting a Youth Program
October 07, 9:01pm

Scout Adventure Race?
Sounds like a super awesome idea. Just some top of mind feedback... Here in California many of the orienteering club events work closely with the local land management agencies. It might be a...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » SCOUT ADVENTURE RACE?
October 02, 9:06am

Mountain House
In my experience the MH beefstew is their worst tasting dish. The turkey a la king is ok. I personally prefer to augment Mary Janes dishes or bring something prepared at home. Mike Clelland h...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Mountain House Beef Stew -- not impressed
October 01, 2:35pm

blended butane failure
+1 to another discussion of Boyle's Law on BPL.

In GEAR » blended butane failure
October 01, 2:31pm

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