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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Forum 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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BSA Chemical Fuels Policy
From the web, I think this is current >>> Prohibited Chemical-Fueled Equipment Equipment that is handcrafted, homemade, modified, or installed beyond the manufacturer’s stated design ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » BSA Chemical Fuels Policy
May 13, 5:41pm

MLD Bug Bivy
heath I use the Medium Neo Air which seems long enough. I am 6'2" and a side sleeper. I had the small one and it seemed too short, mostly because of the 2 inch drop off at the edge.

In Gear Swap » WTB: MLD Bug Bivy
May 06, 11:44pm

Alternatives to Skyline to the Sea Trail
If you start Skyline to the Sea from the Castle Rock SP parking lot, and not from Skyline itself you can avoid hearing the road noise from Hwy 9. There is road noise for the first 3 or 4 miles f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alternatives to the Skyline to Sea Trail
May 06, 11:31pm

MLD Bug Bivy
Heath You might want to measure the length of the MLD bug bivy and compare with the specs on the MLD web site. MLD upgraded the bivy last year, making it about 8 inches longer. I owned the older o...

In Gear Swap » WTB: MLD Bug Bivy
May 06, 8:56am

How late in the year can you hike in the high Sierras in 3 season gear
+1 to October but I have done short trips out of Sonora pass in mid November. You can go to wunderground.com and find a reporting station near your trailhead and see the difference between hig...

In Pre-Trip Planning » How late in the year can you hike the high sierras in 3 season gear?
April 22, 3:33pm

Pre-filtering silt and gunk for platypus
OK. Excellent information. Thanks For folks that use coffee filters or bandanas, what is used as a filter holder?

In GEAR » Filtering Silt and Gunk out before chemical treatment
April 20, 9:32am

Filtering Silt and Gunk out before chemical treatment
I am planning one or two spring trips to the California coastal range. I expect water to be a bit iffy and will need to get silt and gunk out before treating with chlorine dioxide. I use the narr...

In GEAR » Filtering Silt and Gunk out before chemical treatment
April 17, 7:19pm

Cracked fingers
Thanks everyone. +1 to the need to avoid alcohol based sanitizer. I tried the Nexcare product already. it works well after the fact but I found it marginal as a preventative measure. When I went...

In Winter Hiking » Cracked fingers from snow camping
April 14, 10:06am

Source of balm containers
Thanks. Lawson is out stock of mini bottles but the Hike Light 1/4 oz capacity bottles might work if I can fit my finger in to get the balm out. The BPL balm jars were 1/8 oz capacity but a bit ...

In GEAR » Source of balm containers
April 14, 9:56am

What to do with pack at night
I assume we are not talking about Philmont. A standard lightweight practice which works well in California bear country where bear canisters are not required is to keep your food and snacks in ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » What to do with pack at night?
April 12, 5:42pm

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