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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.
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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Re: Group tarps
Greyson, the beauty of any size of these tarps is their flexibility. I've found that the 10' length is adequate for head-to-toe coverage with guys that are 6 foot and taller. Here's...

In GEAR » Group tarps
October 30, 7:37am

re: New Gossamer Gear Poles
David, those new GG poles look great. The previous Lightrek poles are fabulous. They have been reviewed extensively here on bpl. I found that Gossamer Gear's product support is also excellent. ...

In GEAR » New Gossamer Gear Poles
October 28, 5:26am

Re: Equinox ultralight mummy bivy
Mitchell, I've had the Equinox bivy for about 1 1/2 years. I've been pleased with the function and it's light weight. In Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Colorado I've not had condensation p...

In GEAR » Equinox ultralight mummy bivy
October 28, 5:20am

Re: Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
1. Instant coffee always tastes that way. 2. One of my good hiking buddies chastises the rest of us for "goal oriented hiking." Sometimes you have to relax your ambitions and just enjo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
October 28, 5:06am

Re: Mapping software
Kevin, the sources that Sam mentions give you good, high res images of the USGS source maps. If you want more mapping function then a lot of us here have used the National Geographic Topo! state se...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mapping software
October 10, 8:43am

Re: Scales
I have an inexpensive, electronic postal scale, a Pelouze SP5 that measures at 1g precision. I use that scale for my personal gear up to 5 pounds. Last year I found a Rapalla fish scale on sale....

In GEAR » Scales
October 06, 3:47pm

Re: Perfered Tarp Colors
Ron, thanks indeed for asking. I have a MLD Pro Poncho in blue. Not my favorite color. But I sure like the poncho. I have been really pleased with medium gray tarps and shelters. That color i...

In GEAR » Perfered Tarp Colors
October 05, 5:31pm

Re: What do you put into your hipbelt pockets?
I don't carry much in the pockets but it's always stuff that gets used: -camera -bar or nuts or trail mix -map and maybe a compass -notepad and pencil -sunscreen -small bottle of hand...

In GEAR » What do you all put into your hipbelt pockets?
September 29, 6:09am

Re: iodine instead of deodorant?
I did try iodine as a deodorant on a backcountry trip in July. It seemed to work OK. I used the Povidine ioodine prep pads that are a part of an old first aid kit. YMMV. It's probably a good id...

In GEAR » Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant... what do you use?
September 17, 4:09pm

Re: "which stake do you carry?"
Usually, I carry 2 aluminum Y-stakes for anchoring guylines for the head and foot of my tarp. I carry slender, lighter Ti stakes for pegging down the sides of my tarp.

In GEAR » which stake do you carry?
September 17, 11:58am

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