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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northernish California
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Re: ultimate digital---not quite yet
Thanks for volunteering as a pioneer John. I'll be interested to hear (and see) how it works out. No optical viewfinder is a deal-killer for me; otherwise it hits a lot of my hot buttons. Adobe ...

In Photography » The ultimate digital for UL control freaks?
October 01, 11:07am

Re: Ricoh GR
Okay, that Ricoh is pretty sweet, and the 21mm converter and hotshoe-mount optical viewfinder add considerable flexibility. I see it can take AAA batteries, good to know for extended trips. 6 oz w/...

In GEAR » Backcountry Photography
September 27, 1:32pm

Re: Canon 1Ds Question for Photo Guys
I'm very curious about this too. I have to confess that I've never owned a weather-resistant camera so have always worked around the issue, which sometimes means leaving camera in pack when in foul...

In GEAR » Backcountry Photography
September 27, 11:14am

Re: Film vs digital for backcountry photography
Anatoly, I'm convinced that your observations and experiences parallel those of most working pros, and your results speak volumes. Speaking strictly as a long-time, fairly serious amateur I ...

In GEAR » Backcountry Photography
September 25, 9:55am

Re: Backcountry Photography
First, I want to echo the complements to Anatoly for your wonderful article and accompanying photographs, as well as your multi-kilo reduction in kit weight (choke)! I'm in the curmudgeon camp o...

In GEAR » Backcountry Photography
September 24, 12:50pm

Re: Miox/AM aftertaste
My theory--completely untested and unsubstantiated of course--from having used both is that relatively pure source water with little in it to oxidize will yield a distinct chlorinish odor and after...

In GEAR » Miox
September 19, 8:58pm

Re: Sleep systems
A mylar emergency bag, rather than a blanket which wouldn't be an effective vapor barrier, might work in dry, subfreezing condtions. I'd be mightily challenged to get inside the thing inside a hamm...

In Editor's Roundtable » Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Tarp vs. Hammock in the High Uintas
September 01, 1:49pm

Re: Raising the bar a tad
Hi John, I enjoyed your Rollei review--great, quirky little cameras of which the SE is the one to own. My main backpacking camera is the T3, which I've learned to tame despite all the automated ...

In GEAR » Pentax Optio WP
August 29, 10:46am

Optio WP "Skin" available
For owners who'd like a little more protection for their Optios, Pentax now sells a wrapper of sorts for this model: "Golden, CO. (August 25, 2005)...PENTAX Imaging Company announced today the l...

In GEAR » Pentax Optio WP
August 28, 6:20pm

Raising the bar a tad
Heaven help me, I think I want one of these (if I decide to make the leap to a digicam, that is). It reminds me a lot of my f...

In GEAR » Pentax Optio WP
August 28, 5:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Rick Dreher

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Mountain Gear
I've placed a few orders with Mountain Gear, going as far back as when they were based in Idaho, and they've responded flawlessly each time. I admire the breadth and high quality of their sele...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 15, 2:03pm
I have to put in a plug for these folks, with whom I've shopped on line and over the phone, and who also have a store in soggy Eugene, Oregon. They have a great backpacking and climbing selection f...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:47pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
As another Seattle kid who loved few things more than pilgrammages to the Capitol Hill store, I still associate the smell of cresote with hiking gear. It's hard to imagine backpacking without REI. ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:22pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I upgraded to the Micro Puff pullover after several seasons with the old Puffball pullover. Lighter, warmer, stuffs smaller--the Micro Puff is an all-around improvement to what was already a fine garm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 12, 12:53pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Noting the shape isn't the most efficient for squeezing every btu from the stove, the MSR kettle remains a very good single-pot option. It packs nicely, works well with small to medium stoves, pours w...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 12:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
I find the Whisperlite to be MSR's easiest liquid stove to use, and certainly the nicest to lug, bulk and weight-wise. Simmering performance is best with a light touch on the fuel pump--try using l...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 20, 11:46am

Golite Hex 3
I've used a Hex 2, the 3's somewhat smaller brother, with good success for a few seasons. The quarters are a little snug for six-footers, but it's a minor concern. My main complaint is that the ventil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 28, 8:43pm