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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: Waterproof Pants ?
I used to carry great big heavy GoreTex trousers. Weighed a ton. Got wet. Then I carried light Peter Storm PU-coated trousers. Much lighter. Still got wet. Now I carry Golite Whims - water repell...

In GEAR » Waterproof Pants ?
December 20, 1:27pm

Re: Altitude vs. Cold for Canister Stoves
Jim is probably right about the effect of altitude: I suspect he has been checking the Pressure/Temperature charts. But I keep saying that what matters is not the ambient temperature but the tem...

In GEAR » how cold can you use a liquid feed canister stove?
December 19, 4:45pm

Re: Re: My tick experience. No pictures but not for the squeamish.
> How can you distinguish between allergic reaction and quick spreading infection? In my experience, an allergic reaction can happen 10x faster than any infection. I suspect your doctor may ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My tick experience. No pictures but not for the squeamish.
December 19, 1:25pm

Re: Brunton Nomad Generation 3 Pro-Altimeter and Barometer Compass
You could learn how to navigate off the sun? $0 Needs sunlight of course. cheers

In GEAR » Brunton Nomad Generation 3 Pro-Altimeter and Barometer Compass
December 19, 1:17pm

Re: Plating
Hi Kate It is possible to plate brass onto other metals, but the chemistry can be a bit toxic. One process uses a cyanide bath. Not fun stuff. The alternative is to buff the brass nice and shiny...

In GEAR » Brass spoon?
December 19, 2:18am

Re: The most dangerous risk
Hi Jen Yup. Fortuitously, I was forced into considering that problem many years ago. With my wife's support (OK, urging), I gave away the 9-5 job business and went freelance. NEVER regrette...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Advice from long distance walkers....
December 18, 8:29pm

Re: List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
Headlight & batteries Watch (LCD and batteries) Contact lenses (ever tried putting frozen contact lenses in your eyes?) Cheers

In Winter Hiking » List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
December 18, 5:25pm

Re: got it
Bill Looking at youre photo of the red, I can see ripstop threads pretty clearly. Yes, it is a very fine ripstop, but it IS a ripstop imho. Yes, plain weave is actually more waterproof than r...

In Make Your Own Gear » A new Silnylon available - 1.05oz/yd
December 18, 2:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Cairngorm - all the gear & no idea
> I suppose you're referencing Ventile? More likely Japara proofed with linseed oil. Yes, really. You can still buy horse-riding coats like that. Cheers

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Criticism after 'car park rescue' of Cairngorm walker
December 17, 11:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Naughty list....
> "Butane produces fewer BTUs per unit than propane Per WHAT unit? Mass? Volume? Whales? Football fields? :-) " I bought a canister stove last week and I have used it twice. I am...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Naughty list....
December 17, 11:26pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm