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David Bonn (david_bonn) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Cascades
About Me Semi-retired computer geek, sometime employee of the National Parking Lot Service, fluent skier and hiker.

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All Forum Posts by David Bonn

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Re: Camp Coffee
I've used a single-cup coffee maker at home for years, and it would also work fine on the trail: The one I bo...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Camp Coffee
November 30, 10:40pm

Re: NOLS Sees the Light
Change taqkes time to propogate. Any business like NOLS is going to be very conservative about something new (to their organization). The reality is that NOLS has a system that works pretty wel...

In Editor's Roundtable » NOLS Sees the Light
November 30, 2:32pm

Re: Pulk or not to Pulk....
You have identified one win of pulks (ventilation). The other advantage is that you can comfortably carry a lot in a pulk. I've carried for two weeks in full-on winter conditions (late February...

In Winter Hiking » Pulk or not to Pulk....
November 29, 6:24pm

Re: SealSkinz Waterproof Gloves
Sealskinz act more as a vapor barrier so your hands will usually end up being quite soaked from sweat as much as anything. If you want to go the vapor barrier route, using a pair of latex gloves...

In GEAR » SealSkinz Waterproof Gloves
November 26, 10:18pm

Re: more or less
A couple of thoughts: Don't be married to small canisters. While canister fuel is available all along the AT, it will often be a lot more convenient to buy a larger canister (I'm assuming that ...

In Gear Lists » AT Ultralight Gearlist
November 24, 7:36am

Re: Backcountry Ski Touring and What Do You Bring
For an overnight trip, I'd for sure have a fluffy down jacket with a hood. Liner gloves (probably with an extra pair), fleece mittens, and overmitts. I'd want a thin, light hat (a buff works well...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry Ski Touring and What Do You Bring
November 20, 10:42pm

Re: Who uses/hates the umbrella?
I don't think any attachment scheme is going to work very well in windy or gusty conditions. Realistically, an umbrella won't work at all well against wind-driven rain anyway. But I do find tha...

In GEAR » Who uses/hates the umbrella?
November 16, 2:39pm

Re: Umbrellas
Actually, I worked out a scheme where the umbrella was attached to the shoulder strap of my pack with a watch band and a velcro loop. The upshot was the umbrella was nicely locked in place and my ...

In GEAR » Who uses/hates the umbrella?
November 16, 12:32am

Re: Garmin or National Geographic software.
Actually, I don't think any of the existing mapping packages are particularly good. I've found maps in the NG Topo State series (for Washington State) that are at least thirty years out of date. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight GPS / Mapping Software Navigation Systems
November 11, 10:57am

Re: Fuel shipments
I've shipped approved canisters via USPS quite a few times. Like other posters have said, most post offices automatically say no. So you need to be prepared to recite chapter and verse to them. ...

In GEAR » MSR Simmerlite vs. Coleman Xtreme
November 10, 8:46am

All Reader Reviews by David Bonn

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Western Mountaineering Summer Coupler
I think the big killer for me and my so was that it was made of cotton. It needs to be made of some very light synthetic instead. Once again, a great idea with poor execution.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 26, 9:09am

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
One other thing that I think is good is that the stretchy fabric is relatively thin -- this means that if you are exercising you can still wear the hat in quite cold weather, and if it is wicked cold ...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 25, 1:56pm

Superfeet Performance Green
Thirty bucks is a lot of money for an insole. But it is way cheaper than knee surgery. I've been using them religiously for four years in everything but rock climbing shoes and backcountry ski boots...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 09, 11:02am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
Lightweight, simple, doubles as a pillow. This pullover is a wonderful evolution of the original puffball pullover.

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 09, 10:55am

GoLite Phantom Jacket
Awesome light jacket. Enormous pit zips help ventilation a lot. High pockets let you stash gloves and trail mix where you can get them without taking your pack off. A little heavier than some more ...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:53am

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I don't go anywhere without this pullover. For everything from groomed cross-country ski tours to weeklong climbing trips to long-distance backpacks. This is probably the most useful item of clothin...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
August 09, 10:51am

Patagonia Specter Jacket
Wonderfully light. Waterproof. Reasonably breathable. More expensive than my first car (and more waterproof too). The big pockets help venting a bit, but it doesn't (in my opinion) vent particul...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:49am

ULA Equipment P-1
I've used my P-1 since March, with several trips up to two weeks (with resupply) and trips as long as seven days without a resupply. I like the side pockets a lot. I'd like them better (and give t...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 09, 10:43am