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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: Re: Re: Re: SMD bug bivy over MLD
Fair enough Sid. If someone didn't have experience with Cuben, they might not know that the fabric has a very high tear strength and a low stretch, but low puncture and abrasion resistance. ...

In GEAR » MLD Bug Bivy Modification
September 07, 1:45am

Re: Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
Hey Petras and Franco, Here's a funny story about the PCT route you walked: In 2004 I wanted to see if I could go Stevens to Snoqualmie in 48 hours- I pulled it off southbound in just und...

In Post-Trip Reports » Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
September 06, 9:43am

Re: Three aliens
I did have to sign some Homeland Security verifications in order for these three to visit- but then they escaped my custody and roamed into the nearby Cascades. Go figure! So glad you guys had ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
September 05, 9:23pm

Re: Is this a good reason to buy The One?
Franco! Great to see you- hope you had a blast backpacking Washington!

In GEAR » Is this a good reason to buy The One?
September 05, 8:38pm

Re: Re: SMD bug bivy over MLD
Hey Sid, I've used a lot of Cuben items and have come to the conclusion that it's a great material- but not in all instances. It's great on tarps, tent walls, stuff sacks, etc. N...

In GEAR » MLD Bug Bivy Modification
September 05, 8:34pm

Re: New to UL backpacking... shelter question
Adam, Welcome to Backpacking Light! You've definitely come to the right place. Your thinking is good here for a solo setup. Both ways have advantages. Starting with the Contrail. ...

In GEAR » New to UL backpacking... shelter question
September 05, 8:26pm

Re: Re: Any suggestions on a lightweight large volume backpack ??
Golite Pinnacle- another vote. Get the packweight down to the upper 20's and you're good to go. But I've used mine for weights in the low 30s and found it reasonably comfortable. but...

In GEAR » Any suggestions on a lightweight large volume backpack ??
September 01, 8:32pm

Re: golite tarp poncho thing
Hi Brett, A tarp alone cannot give you the protection of a full tent. That is why many of us use a combination of tarp and bivy. With a bivy that is waterproof on the bottom but water resistan...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
September 01, 8:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Ultralight store
Cool idea. I've only seen one store focused on ultralight and it's Pro Mountain Sports in Seattle. They carry Golite, Terra Nova, Hilleberg, Montbell, Integral Designs, Snow Peak, et...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best place to open an UL backpacking store.
August 31, 10:33pm

Re: re: Things Noone Else Packs?
We pack a Playmobil mountain biker. With this toy, our entire campsite becomes a huge arena of jumps, trails, and trials maneuvers. Only toy Henry needs! I tried leaving a compass at home on...

In Gear Lists » Things Noone Else Packs?
August 30, 11:37am

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm