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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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All Forum Posts by Brad Groves

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Highlite
Jason, if you're concerned about ventilation for your summer bag, the Highlite's probably not quite the bag for you. It's an awesome bag, and ridiculously light, but does only have that...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag Revamp
July 12, 8:09am

Coffee and Tea
I don't function well without either coffee or tea in the morning. It's not the energy factor at all--I've never actually noticed caffeine having an effect on me (until one time way bac...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Energy Drink vs. Coffee
July 11, 1:04pm

Steam Roller
Hi, Jan- Thanks for your thoughtful remarks. I debated about the silk knowing that it would be clingier, but if for no other reason than the philosophical/ecological reasons, I really want to us...

In Make Your Own Gear » Silk sleeping bag?
July 11, 11:08am

Good thoughts
The Puma could be a great choice for a winter bag--but you do want to make sure you don't get too much bag. Are you expecting actual air temperatures to be subzero? (Some people want a bag warm...

In GEAR » versalite and puma
July 11, 10:56am

Stop heat Loss
Two or three years ago I got this cool, bizarre emergency bivy bag. It's made by MPI, think it's called the extreme tech or something. It's an aluminum/aluminized emergency blanket--but...

In GEAR » Warmth without high lofting insulation?
July 10, 4:35pm

Our State Bird
In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we like to say that the mighty Mosquito is the state bird. They're pretty bad up in Northern Minnesota, too. No technique really works for everyone, but he...

In Philosophy & Technique » Mosquitos...
July 10, 10:09am

In motion
All right! The habotai's even on sale right now! Thanks for your help, Mark.

In Make Your Own Gear » Silk sleeping bag?
July 10, 9:51am

Rust?
Okay, so I feel like this is a stupid question. Apparently I'm one of two people on this site who doesn't have experience w/wood stoves! :P I've noticed that everyone uses steel. Obvio...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Inverted Downdraft Woodgas Stove - My Attempt
July 10, 9:49am

Have one
Hey, Ted- I've got a brand new WM Coupler that I've never used. It's the "Summer Coupler" and is in a 6 foot length. Retail's $60, yours for $20, free shipping. Just sho...

In Gear Swap » WTB WM Bag coupler
July 09, 2:20pm

Western Mountaineering, Granite Gear Sale
Hey, gang- Well, I still work in outdoor retail. I wanted to let everyone know that the store I'm at--Ann Arbor Bivouac--has limited quantities of the following on sale: Western Mountaine...

In Gear Deals » Western Mountaineering, Granite Gear Sale
July 09, 12:31pm

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