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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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BPL email: roger@backpackinglight.com
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: Avoiding rain inside your tent...
As OP have said: Leave wet gear outside Have some through-ventilation Use a full groundsheet covering all the interior Use a 2-man tent with 2 people inside it: more warmth => less condens...

In Philosophy & Technique » Avoiding rain inside your tent...
March 02, 1:48am

Re: Re: Re: "The crappiness of pit zips"
Hi Woubeir Yes, certainly, walking in rough terrain, sometimes (very wet) scrub, or swirling wind and rain on high ridges. If the weather is that miserable we just don't stop unless we can f...

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 1:32pm

Re: "The crappiness of pit zips"
Hi Dena > that works fine when the weather is warm(ish). That's not as much of an option when > the weather is foul, or cold. I hike often in what we call "hypothermia weather&q...

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 2:34am

Re: The crappiness of pit zips
Yep, but my solution is different. Seems to me that what the need for pit zips really means is that you are wearing too much clothing. Take some off instead. Yes, that does mean that sometimes w...

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
February 28, 1:36pm

Re: Hikers Friend?
I wonder what you think you are achieving? If the Coghlans filter is rated to 2 microns, it will stop protozoa (eg Giardia), but it won't stop bacteria or viruses. Is it worth the weight? Ch...

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG project
February 26, 1:30pm

Re: Re: Re: EN 13537 and LOFT
Hi MG Others have made some very good points. Me, I would target the food you were (not) eating. Not enough, by a long shot, especially for alpine regions in the cold. I am not sure that adding ...

In GEAR » EN 13537 and LOFT
February 24, 12:53pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: creating holes in ccf pad
As Jesse said. Basically, you make a large cork borer (Google it). A drill press helps. If you sharpen the end of the tube (I used stainless steel tubing), which makes for a much neater cut, neve...

In Make Your Own Gear » creating holes in ccf pad
February 23, 8:56pm

plastic boots
I have worn plastic boots (Scarpa T3s) just once. I hired them to try them out. After about 2 hours of puttering around, I was in agony. The constant rubbing pressure on the front of my shins nearl...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 23, 8:52pm

re Coleman Fuel
While I am impressed by the neat way Dan's stove works with Coleman fuel, I think we better point out that there are very big differences between that and ordinary auto gas or petrol. Coleman f...

In GEAR » Why Isn't There an UL Alcohol Type Stove that Bruns White Gas?
February 23, 8:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Why Isn't There an UL Alcohol Type Stove that Bruns White Gas?
> Now Roger and David tell us why the Venom Super Stoves can burn these fuels. All the excitement of watching a small alcohol stove on a cold day. I am not sure what sort of alcohol HEET i...

In GEAR » Why Isn't There an UL Alcohol Type Stove that Bruns White Gas?
February 23, 7:16pm

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