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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
My PDF Gear ListPhil's spring 2007 gear list

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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Re: Philmont Checklist
Hi Curtis. Thanks for the post. Here's another Philmont list that our 2 crews are using this summer. We have tried to take a lighter weig...

In Philmont » Philmont Checklist
May 09, 3:54pm

Re: Red bumps when hiking for long periods in hot weather
Living where I am we have learned about chiggers. If anything they itch. Boy, do they itch! Maybe a heat rash. Maybe time to ask the dermatologist.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Red bumps when hiking for long periods in hot weather
April 22, 4:03pm

Re:Equinox bivy enough for Grand Canyon precip?
Kevin, good call. It's a prudent decision to use an overhead shelter in the GC. The Equinox bivy just isn't enough by itself. I have used the same with different tarps. The bivy & tarp ...

In GEAR » Equinox bivy enough for Grand Canyon precip?
March 28, 9:03pm

Re: FS: Tarptent VIrga
Hi Craig. I'm very interested. I can't send a PM to you. Is the Virga still available? Thanks, Phil

In Gear Swap » FS: Tarptent VIrga
March 09, 9:18pm

Re:How Many People Can You Outfit?
In various styles, I can easily handle 7.

In GEAR » How Many People Can You Outfit?
February 17, 9:38am

Re:Another PCT Gear list
Eric, your list looks good. I pulled your list into a spreadsheet because I wanted to try Google docs. Adding food and water could put your high water mark for carried weight in the 25-30 pound...

In Gear Lists » Another PCT Gear list
February 16, 8:17pm

Re:GoLIte Shangri-La 1 - mine is lighter than listed weight
John, do you use adjustable length poles with the Shangri-La? How long are your poles? (My trekking poles are fixed length). I don't see any details about pole length on GoLite's website. ...

In GEAR » GoLIte Shangri-La 1 - mine is lighter than listed weight
February 14, 9:59pm

Re: Smaller pot size
Frank, I think you've got it. For boil & set cooking you don't need a big pot. Moving to a smaller pot may also require a smaller stove. Everything scales down. That's also led to m...

In GEAR » Smaller pot size
February 06, 7:11pm

Re: screw shoes - screw size
E J, 3/8" is what I've used with a pair of Merrell trail shoes.

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
January 17, 8:03pm

Screw shoes
E J, check this out... Detailed overview of how to make your own screw shoes.

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
January 17, 8:05am

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm