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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. :-)
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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: General stake query
Opinions differ. Hawthorn, oak, hemlock, ash have all been recommended. One version has it that the stake will be consumed; others say not. Oh, sorry - that's for vampires. Cheers

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » General stake query
January 25, 1:38am

Re: Re: Re: Affect of global warming not well known
Hi Jerry Yeah, I know. > they don't know whether clouds make the planet warmer or colder so they're doing a > NASA experiment to find out, Not quite correct. Better to say &q...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
January 24, 9:22pm

Re: Affect of global warming not well known
Schermer was a bit off the planet (pun, sorry) about the lack of concensus re consequences, at least in general terms. Caused a few to wonder about his age and whether he is losing it. > take...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
January 24, 8:54pm

Re: Specific Stove question Bud lite bottle and Isopropyl 90%
Best tip if you want to burn isopropyl alcohol: Increase your life insurance policy. Some of the combustion products are toxic. Cheers

In Make Your Own Gear » Specific Stove question Bud lite bottle and Isopropyl 99%
January 23, 1:27pm

Re: French crampon technique?
I will get howled down I imagine, but people have used French style while wearing joggers. That's very different from plastic boots, 12 point step-ins and front pointing. Yeah, but get very exp...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » French crampon technique?
January 22, 3:11am

Re: backpack size?
Ah well. Depends a lot on how compact your gear is. If your FRAME pack is over 65 L I would suggest getting something smaller. Under 45 L could be problematic. Do NOT try a frameless pack for a t...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 22, 3:08am

Re: Mailing supplies during hike
Can't post to all Gites d'Etapes as many of them don't have postal service. Can post to hotels in towns - but contact them first. Can also post to the local post office, but check the...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 21, 2:20pm

Re: Re: groups
Hi Lori > It might be my responsibility according to a judge, tho, if I was "in charge" and > something goes horribly wrong. Indeed. A common practice these days in Walking ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ran into a lost hiker...
January 21, 2:12pm

Re: can't find that ground
> Even in the hardest packed ground I find that using rocks to pound in ti hook stakes > is not required ever, Try cracked hard mudstone. I did need to 'pound' there - but the mudst...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 21, 5:01am

Re: Re: quilt vs sleeping bag; quilt temp?
> sandals or flip-flops if you plan to stay or eat in the refuges as outdoor > shoes/boots have to be left at the entrance. Shoes are OK in the dining room - the Lunch Crowd won't take ...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 20, 1:43pm

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