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James Patsalides (james@patsalides.com) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale New England
About Me British fella living in New England. Restarted hiking kick early in 2009 after a lot of years off. Trying to get my 3 year old out on the trail as much as possible. Goals are to hike at least twice a month, every month, with at least one overnight, and ultimately to thru hike the AT by the time I'm 50.

+ Leave No Trace Master Educator.
+ SOLO certified Wilderness First Aider.
+ BPL Wilderness Skills School Alum.
+ Learning/leadership/creativity consultant in real life.
CityManchester
StateConnecticut
CountryUSA
My PDF Gear ListCurrent Gear List - August 2009

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All Forum Posts by James Patsalides

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Hood vs hat
So, like Raymond, I'm a restless side-sleeper, so sleeping bags with hoods have always been an issue for me. I now use a BPL quilt (PRO-90) and one of their coccoon balaclavas (UL-90) with ...

In GEAR » No Sniv + MB UL jkt - good to 20F?
March 17, 3:02pm

Central Cascades Summer/3 Season-ish Gear List
Wow... great list! Just a couple of little things to think about... 1. You have several ditty/stuff bags - do you really need them for a 2 day trip? 2. Your water bottle are pretty heavy. I...

In Gear Lists » Central Cascades Summer/3 Season-ish Gear List
March 16, 6:27am

FS: SWISS ARMY WARM UP JACKET
SWISS ARMY THERMAL JACKET, PERFECT, MEN'S L - $200* SHIPPED CONUS.PM or Email to james (at) patsalides (dot) com, please.

In Gear Swap » FS: SWISS ARMY WARM UP JACKET
March 13, 1:56pm

FS: Marmot Precip Rain Jacket
MARMOT PRECIP JACKET, MEN'S M, FOREST GREEN, PERFECT - $50 shipped to CONUS.PM or email to james (at) patsalides (dot) com, please.

In Gear Swap » FS: Marmot Precip Rain Jacket
March 13, 1:54pm

Re: Condensation in NEMO GoGo
+1 on switching to a tarp! I had the same problem with my Nemo GoGo. Unzipping the inner bug net helped a little, but I ended up having to unzip the fly for ventilation - which is not good when ...

In GEAR » Condensation in NEMO GoGo
March 04, 8:19pm

Pittsburgh Wilderness
What an excellent photo essay. Thanks for posting! It is amazing what you can find around urban/suburban areas if you search for it. I love early morning walks on the new East Coast Greenaway an...

In Post-Trip Reports » Pittsburgh Wilderness
February 10, 7:14am

Undies
I switched last year to EMS TechWick boxer-briefs, after a very extensive search to replace my tattered underarmor! I think they turned out to be the cheapest tech fabric undies I could find and I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
February 10, 7:02am

FS: Salomon techamphebian 11
Hey Reid! Are these the Salomons you bought from me two weeks ago for $20? Guess they didn't fit or something? Whatever! Peace man, James.

In Gear Swap » FS: Salomon techamphebian 11
January 17, 7:37pm

Where would you live? CONNECTICUT!
Somebody mentioned Connecticut, and I have to agree! Connecticut is pretty good if you're a hiker and an IT guy... in that you have: 1. Major financial services commercial zones - therefore ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you live?
January 15, 9:34am

FS: Gear Gear Gear Downsizing for 2010 :: PRICES REDUCED!
BUMPETY BUMP!

In Gear Swap » Gear gear gear - downsizing part 1
January 08, 3:12pm

All Reader Reviews by James Patsalides

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Aquaclip Aquaclip (black)
This little piece of plastic is unbelievable. It clips onto your plastic water bottle (aquafina or smartwater etc), then slides over your belt, pack strap or clip, sternum strap... wherever! If you...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 9:37am

Berghaus C7-65+10
Used this bag for a couple of years on numerous hiking trips BEFORE getting into lightweight backpacking. As an example of a traditional backpack, it is one of the best out there. Berghaus' biof...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 20, 12:54pm

IKEA Plastic Cup (Orange)
This super-cheap lightweight plastic cup form IKEA has become a core part of my cooking and eating system. The cup weights 1oz, and is insulating enough to use for tea or coffee, as well as cold drin...

In Cookware - Other
December 20, 12:36pm

Glaceau Smart Water 1 Liter bottle
I started using these bottles in the late summer and I love them. I now have 3, 2x 1L and 1x 0.6L version. Two of them fit perfectly into the side pocket of my golite jam, or one slides perfectly do...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 20, 12:28pm

Berghaus Tech T Long Sleeve
The Berghaus tech T long sleeve base layer is a top quality lightweight synthetic base layer designed by one of Europe's premier gear manufacturers. This is a summer base layer, roughly equivalen...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
December 15, 11:22am

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
The SpinnTwinn has now become my primary tarp for solo use. The quality is outstanding, perfect stitching, strong tie-outs, the new cord locks are great. Matched up with 8x titanium nails and my LT4 t...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 10, 7:35am

Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
First, I have to state for the record that this is my first quilt, so my review may be biassed by my happy transformational transition from bags to quilts! I have used this quilt as part of an in...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 08, 7:57pm

Golite Jam
If, like me, you're starting the journey into SUL backpacking, this is the perfect starter pack. Good size for a multi-day, but not so huge that you are tempted to put extra stuff into the pack. A...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 11:34am