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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: Just my two cents
Oh. Don't forget. Lighting a fire with a firesteel is just more fun.

In GEAR » Firesteel vs. Natural Tinder
December 22, 4:51am

Re: Rim to Rim
Dylan, Sandra points you to one of the authoritative sites for GC hikes -- There you can find a description of the relevant trails. The North Kaibab Trail is well documented ther...

In Post-Trip Reports » Rim to Rim to Rim Weekend 2008
December 20, 12:50pm

Re: Large Tarp Setup
Drew, yes, I've tied the tarp to trees. Usually, just one. It's so easy and fast to use trekking poles that I don't really search for trees. For tying to trees, I've used the same r...

In GEAR » Large Tarp Setup?
December 20, 10:51am

Re: Large Tarp Setup
Drew, an 8x10 tarp is so versatile. I enjoy using mine whenever camping with a group. I use the same guy lines for the 8x10 as I use for my poncho tarp. I have 2 long guy lines for the ends on a A-...

In GEAR » Large Tarp Setup?
December 20, 9:26am

Re: Rim to Rim to Rim
Dylan, the GC is a great place to hike. April is a good time of year to be below the rim as temperatures can be moderate. But you may be surprised just how hot it can get at the river even in April...

In Post-Trip Reports » Rim to Rim to Rim Weekend 2008
December 19, 7:58am

All these skills come in handy
This past week our family has been without the benefit of electricity and a few other modern conveniences. Thanks to what I've learned in years of camping it hasn't been any more than a bit...

In Chaff » All these skills come in handy
December 16, 2:38pm

Re: MYOG External Pack Frame
Bill, that is very interesting using the blue sleeping pad as a hipbelt pad. Every single pack (of a dozen or more) that I've owned has nylon fabric on the hipbelt padding. I enjoy seeing your ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG External Pack Frame
November 14, 6:59am

Re: MYOG External Pack Frame
Bill, what an elegant design you've created. Thanks for sharing this with us. Looking at your hipbelt, I'm curious about the material. Is that a closed cell foam? How do you expect it to...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG External Pack Frame
November 14, 5:24am

Re: Easy Question about an Easy Project
There is a heat tape that is very thin and light I've found sold right next to Reflectix in our local hardware store. This topic was discussed recently. There's a photo there of a cozy I&#...

In Make Your Own Gear » Easy Question about an Easy Project
November 07, 4:22am

Re: Extra clothing
Doug, the reason that a lot of us on this site carry insulated clothing is that it's multipurpose gear. It serves to provide insulation while inactive in camp during the evenings and in the mor...

In GEAR » BPL Pro 90 Quilt
November 02, 8:35pm

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