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Bob Bankhead (wandering_bob) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Bob Bankhead

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Fan Boys
We all are fan boys. Each of us has our personal favorite manufacturers and piece of gear. That said...... Just because I had a good experience with a given item or vendor does not mean that any...

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
May 31, 6:15pm

Mt. Hood advice
Do you know how - meaning do you have real-time hands-on training and experience with both walking in crampons and self arrest? How about moving as part of a rope team and crevasse crossing/rescue ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Mt. Hood advice
May 31, 5:53pm

ENOUGH ALREADY!
PLEASE - GIVE IT A REST, GUYS! Everyone has had their say. IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON.

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
May 30, 12:16pm

Nunatak Gear Available
Tom Halpin has recently posted several items on clearance. No more long waits, critical since the hiking season is upon us. Included are: Arc Specialist quilt (med) - sounds like there are 2 of ...

In Gear Deals » Nunatak Gear Available
May 28, 9:56am

Houdini sizing/layering question
Sizes are not always the same for each manufacturer (Montbell comes to mind). Here's what I do for situations like yours. Find a store that carries the item desired. Wear - or carry - the d...

In GEAR » Houdini sizing/layering question
May 20, 10:38am

Integral Designs Pertex Wind Shirt
I'll take the wind shirt. PM sent EDIT: funds sent

In Gear Swap » Integral Designs Pertex Wind Shirt and Primaloft Beanie
May 19, 5:09pm

More durable, MLD Event rain mitts or Zpacks WPB Cuben mitts?
I've been asking the same question. Durability trumps weight when you're using trekking poles. Cuben fiber doesn't handle abrasion well so I'd be worried about it in a mitt. ML...

In GEAR » More durable, MLD Event rain mitts or Zpacks WPB Cuben mitts?
May 17, 10:57am

Is the Tuolumne Meadows Store in Yosemite open for the season?
Unlikely. Even though the Tioga Road has been opened, the Tuolumne Meadows campground (and most others outside Yosemite Valley) remain closed. Keep checking the Yosemite website weekly. Ju...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is the Tuolumne Meadows Store in Yosemite open for the season?
May 16, 8:10pm

Sit Pad options?
Strongly recommend against using an inflatable sit pad. Think about where one usually sit when hiking - on rocks, logs, pointy things that punch holes that can be hard to find and often harder to r...

In GEAR » Sit Pad options?
May 15, 11:04pm

Replacement for LT4 tip section
The LT4s accept the Leki tips and baskets. Now if you broke the lower CF SHAFT section, then you've got a real problem. I managed to foolishly do that several years ago on the JMT and bough...

In GEAR » Replacement for LT4 tip section
May 15, 5:35pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm