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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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Yes now that the Yosemite Area Regional Transit Service(YARTs) has moved to its winter schedule, Amtrak is probably the only and best option. Spring, Summer, Fall if you got your self to Sonora o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite Valley in the winter?
December 21, 6:17pm

Cheap Winter Tent
The Big Agnes String Ridge 2 used to be priced at $500. BA seems to have raised the price to $599. You might be able to find one used or on sale around $450 or use your REI discount. At around 5...

In GEAR » Cheap Winter tent
December 18, 10:02pm

Warm softshell
The deadbird GammaMX is pretty slim in fit, even for Arcteryx. It is also a bit warmer that some soft shells, for example the Patagonia Guide Jacket.

In GEAR » Warm softshell
November 26, 8:38pm

Snow Shelter Question
Stephen I think the right answer is, "it all depends" on expected weather, snow conditions, length of trip, elevation, itinerary, your expertise at building a snow shelter. I go out f...

In Winter Hiking » Snow shelter question
November 11, 11:10am

Where will I end up? What do you get for $20/year
The difference between $5 and $24.99 per year, According to RJ's post the extra $20 gets you -Member discounts on goods and services offered by Backpacking Light -Subscription to the Me...

In Chaff » Any guess as to where we'll wind up?
November 10, 6:35pm

Multifunction Watches
+1 to Suunto I own the Vector. No GPS but the battery lasts 3 to 4 years with judicious use of the compass. Very rugged. My only complaint is that the alarm is a bit faint for early AM starts.

In GEAR » Multifunction Watches
November 09, 1:09pm

Klymit Kush vs Exped
I have used the Kush pillow and the Exped UL pillow. The Exped is the essence of simplicity and the valve is a work of superb engineering. I have owned two Klymit products. They are innovativ...

In GEAR » Report: Using Klymit Kush pillow for side-sleeper
November 03, 9:39am

Backpacking in Nevada
+1 on Nevada My recommendation for high desert is Great Basin Nat'l Park. While you are on your way to various adventures, be sure to check out the petroglyph sites.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking in Nevada
November 03, 9:29am

Winter Hiking Camping
To the OP, If you search on this winter hiking camping section in the BPL forum, some folks have posted their packing lists and discussed gear options in various thread. There is a chapter in t...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking
October 22, 9:48am

Winter HIking - Camping
+ 1 to Allen& Mikes's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book from Falcon Press. The NOLS book is excellent too and includes a chapter on travel on snow. The Backpacker Magazine published a f...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking
October 21, 11:13pm

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