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John Haley (Quoddy) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale New York/Vermont Border
About Me I retired in October 2006. Previously a meteorologist for twenty years with the U.S. Air Force, an advanced skydiving instructor for the R.A.F., EMT, Ambulance Dispatcher, and an operations manager for a trucking company.

Regular wilderness and trail hiker. Presently in the SUL gear range.
(Sub 3 for three seasons)

I can almost always be found in the company of my Welsh Springer Spaniel, "Quoddy"...that's where I got the trailname Quoddy.
StateNew York
My Website URL
My PDF Gear ListQuoddy's Sub 3 Gear List for 3 Season's Plus

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All Forum Posts by John Haley

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Re: Ohm Hip Belt
Ray... I just unpacked the pack to get the Nunatak quilt out of the bottom to stop the unnecessary compression. The next time I pack it up, I'll get that photo. The wings of the hip belt sit ri...

February 18, 4:10pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: ULA Ohm
Russell... I'd say IF it were possible to take a very hard fall and somehow strike the frame on the edge of a sharp boulder, then yes it could crack or break. As I said, the frame seems, at lea...

February 18, 2:39pm

Re: ULA Ohm
Russell... The framed is totally external except where it fits into the upper and lower sections of the pack fabric. In my estimation it would be very, very difficult to damage the frame, even in a...

February 18, 2:21pm

Re: Re: ULA Ohm
I loaded up my Ohm by starting with a Montbell UL90 pad placed in circular fashion around the inside perimeter. Loaded up my 3 season gear, plus a few extras, food for at least 3 days, and some wat...

February 18, 1:50pm

Re: Revelation
Even though I have a perfectly good Spinntex Revelation, which is my go-to pack for 3 to 4 days or less, I couldn't resist ordering this new version.

In GEAR » MLD Revelation
February 17, 4:57pm

Re: Poncho vs Rain Jacket and Pants
I agree with Paul and use almost the same setup. An ID Silcoat Cape (which I have found to work better than a poncho) and an MLD Grace Solo tarp (Spectralite). Most ponchos are, in reality, too sma...

In GEAR » Poncho vs Rain Jacket and Pants
February 16, 8:04am

Re: re: Nunatak Arc Alpinist: What Customizations?
Greg... I kept the Arc Specialist at the standard numbers since I hope to use it in conjunction with down clothing very deep into the fringe seasons. Using it like that, and since I'm a side s...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc Alpinist: What Customizations?
February 14, 2:15pm

Re: Help choosing pack
Having just purchased a ULA Ohm for the same type of hiking on the CT, it might interest you if the gear you have is lightweight and compact. For something a bit bigger check out the ULA Circuit. ...

In GEAR » Help choosing pack
February 14, 11:55am

Re: Re: re: Nunatak Arc Alpinist: What Customizations?
As the proud new owner of an Arc Specialist I'm glad I spent the extra bucks and got just what I wanted. Custom fit to 6'1", 1.75" loft, 1oz overfill, and 0.8 Pertex inside and ou...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc Alpinist: What Customizations?
February 14, 11:50am

Re: Re: The Carbon Flame War
Roger... I, as a meteorologist during an advanced level meteorological course back in 1969, chose as my topic, "The Catastrophic Bushfires of Tasmania in 1967". Forty two years ago the p...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
February 12, 4:32pm

All Reader Reviews by John Haley

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Warbonnet BlackBird
I've used several hammocks and always had the feeling, "if only it had". Then I bought a Warbonnet BlackBird. The hammock was designed by, and is hand built by, a long time hammocker and...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
July 04, 8:40am

Mountain Laurel Designs
Having dealt with Ron Bell for several years and after purchasing tarps, shelters, bivies, and packs... as well as many minor products, I consider Ron's service, help, and products as good as it g...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 3:45pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
This is a perfect jacket, but the parka hood made me drop my score from a 5(+) to a 4. At 7.5oz for a Large, it's the lightest jacket I own, by far. Packs up smaller than a softball. Perfect over...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
December 15, 2:40pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I bought the 90 to use in conjunction with the MB pillow to make what amounts to a 3/4 mat. When I use it in shoulder seasons and into winter, I add a GG Nightlight Torso to the bottom end by punching...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 04, 12:28pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation
I had the chance to begin using my very lightest gear recently. Loaded up this pack with all my gear and food for a slightly rainy weekend. With two 20oz bottles of water the total packweight was 9.5 ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 29, 1:02pm

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I purchased a SPOT Personal Satellite Trackier unit from REI and activated it with GlobalStar for unlimited service on January 24. The product and service are almost totally useless for anyone who is ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 28, 9:39am

5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
I've had a chance to use the nylon canvas version of the 5.11 Tactical pants and have found them to be close to ideal. Slightly heavier than the Railrider's or REI counterpart, they are still ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 04, 4:40pm

Packafeather Featherfire
I've now had a chance to use the FeatherFire on several hikes and it continues to impress me. The adjustability of the flame is great and really allows for simmering after reaching a boil at the h...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 03, 7:32am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
Rather than write paragraphs concerning trying to get the actual product and color I'd ordered, let me just say that after three attempts to get the right item I'm still waiting. The only reas...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 31, 12:44pm

Titanium Goat Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I waited until after I completed my thru hike of the Long Trail to post this review. I wanted to take them through the wringer that this trail provides and see how they faired…the answer was varied. S...

In Trekking Poles
September 14, 7:32am