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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. :-)
Example Gear List at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/caffins_4_month_gear_list.html

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: thanks...
Over many trips around Europe we have never used GTX shoes - always non-membrane trail shoes. I favour New Balance, my wife takes either NB or Salomon. Precipitaion does not matter - it's summ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking in the French Alps
September 08, 2:42am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Extreme one day precipitation events increase
We had a 13 year drought, but that has been broken by heavy rains. However, the Weather Bureau guys say that the drought and flood situation is within normal bounds for Australia. You see, for the ...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
September 07, 6:22pm

Re: Re: Re to all
> As to plastic boots and touring - I've skied a few hundred miles in my plastic boots. > Roger's boots obviously did not fit well. Heat-molded liners are essential. They were hire ...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 07, 6:05pm

Re: Re to all
There is a problem with all plastic boots. They are great for downhill turns, but if you are touring some distance your shins will rub on the front of the boots, and after a few hours you may be in...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 07, 3:31pm

Re: Screw it.
> a few sheet-rock screws are very light but gives tremendous flexibility Cup hooks about 10 mm across also work well in many situations - also as supports for clothes lines in huts... Of c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stake techniques
September 07, 3:25pm

Re: First Solo JMT SOBO at age 64
Well done. Lost 12 lbs in 22 days: so you were using about 1/2 lb of body fat per day on top of your 1 lb of dry food. That's about 680 g per day: spot on my figure of 700 g. Cheers

In Post-Trip Reports » First Solo JMT SOBO at age 64
September 07, 2:19am

Re: Re: Risk of Hypothermia
James > Most people who become hypothermic do so while exerting themselves! Can you provide any published statistics to support this rather strange claim? Unless 'exerting themselves...

In GEAR » how to handle base layers in freezing rain
September 07, 12:32am

Re: Re: Re: carbon fiber lightning
> "Tents do not provide adequate protection from lightning." Yes, but what does this mean? It does NOT mean that tents are dangerous, or that they attract lightning. Not one bit. It...

In GEAR » carbon fiber lightning
September 07, 12:28am

Re: Re: ULA Sizing
> Will Reitveld's UL pack review series from a few years back (on this site) proved > that ULA DOES, in fact, WAY overstate capacity. Our survey of internal frame packs also proved thi...

In Gear Swap » FS: Brand new ULA Circuit, Torso Med, Hipbelt Lrg, 22inch shoulder straps
September 06, 10:17pm

Raelity bites
Hypothermia is real, that's for sure. The harsh reality is that Nature does not care. If you make the wrong decisions, you may die. If you take the wrong gear to the mountains, you may be maki...

In GEAR » how to handle base layers in freezing rain
September 06, 10:14pm

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