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Richard Matthews (food) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado Rockies
About Me Orienteering 25+ years.

Xski and done 20+ hut trips

Hiked Colorado Trail and now adopter.

Hiked Wonderland Trail

Summitted 29 14'ers.

40+ nights below the rim in the Grand Canyon. Linked trips to walk from Cameron to Elves Chasm.
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All Forum Posts by Richard Matthews

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Re: Time to buy a windshirt--hooded or no hood?
I use a GoLite Ether. At 3.5 oz. I carry it almost all the time. Layered over a micro-fleece shirt most of the time it is all I need to ski/snowshoe. I use the hood mostly for sleeping and l...

In GEAR » Time to buy a windshirt--hooded or no hood?
October 01, 4:12pm

Re: Chrome Dome vs. Non-Chrome Dome
I use the Chrome Dome for desert hiking, but have never used the green. The umbrella catches the faintest breeze and creates cool micro-climate. During a Grand Canyon hike I went around Horsesh...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
October 01, 4:00pm

Re: The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
Umbrellas give you great shade from the sun. And adequate rain protection.

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
September 30, 7:10am

Re: Re: Pour with 1, 2, or 4 oz. Fuel Bottle with Squirt Caps
John, I have had mixed results with the squirt bottles. The bottle needs to be tested. Squeeze on an empty bottle near your ear. If you hear air or the bottle colapses then there is an air le...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tea Light Stove Upgrade
September 28, 7:43am

20 oz. Gatorade bottle
I generally carry two. One is on my shoulder strap with a shock cord and cord lock and the other is in a homemade cozy in the pack. Cocoa, tang and crystal-lite are all made a pint at a time. Fi...

In GEAR » Do you love your mug?
September 26, 4:18pm

Re: Cheap Vapor Barriers
Do a search on PVC rain suits. Postage may cost more than the suit. I think that is is a very good idea to check to see if they will work for you before you spend $$$$$$$.

In GEAR » Cheap Vapor Barriers
September 24, 1:54pm

Re: Caldera Cone fit?
Mostly I just leave the cone attached to pour water. When I want to pull the pot out I put my thumb nail in one of the bottom vents while lifting with the pot gripper.

In GEAR » Caldera Cone fit?
September 19, 9:36am

Re: What to do at established sites?
David, If you keep a clean camp and protect your food then the critters will likely first go for the low hanging fruit. You will be invisible. The situation is a problem.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Black Bear outside the tent strategy question
September 16, 3:56pm

Re: Compass thoughts
Jack, Orienteers call your deliberate error "aiming off". That way you know which way to travel to your destination when you reach the catching feature.

In GEAR » Compass recommendation?
September 15, 6:54am

Cascades Design
ThermARest is a Cascade Designs division. Generally they have honest weights and stand behind their products.

In GEAR » I've been had
September 13, 1:00pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard Matthews

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Trail Designs Customer Service
Rand provides better customer service that we have a right to expect. The Caldera Cones are the most fuel efficient that I have used.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 26, 3:48pm

zpacks Company
I have purchased packs and pouches and had Joe do some custom sewing. The quality is excellent and the delivery time is great. I mailed him a G4 for some modifications and received it back in 8 da...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 04, 8:23am

Zpacks Blast 32
Blast 32 by Zpack Options and additions: Webbing belt, Sternum strap, Daisy chain on shoulder straps, Base shock cord loops, One shoulder pouch, Shockcord and cordlock water bottle holder on ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 26, 9:08am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
I use the extended version sold through Campmor. Recently I did a rainy week long hike with my 74 year old friend. We wore our ponchos at some time every day for a week. When we were coming out we ...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 04, 9:54am

Jacks R Better No Sniveller quilt
I got the No Sniveller and Nest together to use with my hammock. When wearing expedition weight long underwear the quilts will keep me warm to 30 degrees in the hammock. I also use the NS on the g...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
January 03, 3:23pm

Hennessy Hammock Asym
I have used the Hennessy as my primary shelter for 4 years now. The A-Sym design allows a poncho to be used as the fly. The bottom entry allows the fly to be set very close to the hammock. This...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
January 03, 3:09pm

Gatorade Bottle
I use a cozy made out of CCF pad so that I can shake my hot beverages. The mouth is just wide enough to allow drink mixes to be added without spilling. They fit in a normal bike bottle holster. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 03, 2:37pm

Trangia 28-5 Mini Aluminum Cook Pot
The lid from the AntiGravityGear 3 cup pot fits pretty well on the pot. Pour in a bag meals become monotonous quickly. This set gives me the ability to fry. The skillet works well with the alco...

In Cookware - Other
January 03, 2:27pm

Mary Jane's Farm Sante Fe Pasta
Don't forget Nick's Couch Potatoes, Red Pesto Pasta and Mac & Cheese. Lots of olive oil with all of them. I generally add chopped turkey pepperoni or bacon crumbles.

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
August 04, 7:18am

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
This tent brings together many of the superior design features from other light weight tents. The basic design is similar to the Dancing Light Gear Tacoma Solo Shelter. The Lunar solo has a very g...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 04, 7:08am