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David Thomas (DavidinKenai) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: shipping
True, there's no "surface" option for overseas through USPS anymore. I move a lot of stuff around the country and the world and even with excess bag charges, a checked bag near max...

In GEAR » Moving Overseas: bringing our backpacking gear
April 29, 4:26pm

Re: "REGIONAL PACK WEIGHT DIFFERENCES"
Ask about desert conditions and Alaskans reply! Don't you love that about BPL? In addition to our weather being much less predictable than California's, there's often a .308 rifle a...

In Philosophy & Technique » REGIONAL PACK WEIGHT DIFFERENCES
April 28, 11:09pm

Re: "Don't buy expensive ___; put your money toward good ___."
Don’t buy an expensive big ticket item; save your money and put it toward a nice treat for the person who loaned you theirs. We all love to own our own gear. But when you're trying out a ...

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
April 28, 2:25pm

Re: Verizon is best in the North.
>"The best coverage in the sticks is going to be Verizon as they have the largest network outside of the major cities. ATT is next best. This applies to any remote trail such as the CDT and...

In GEAR » Cell Phone Coverage on the PCT
April 28, 2:04pm

Re: Re: Re: tetanus
>"The doctor asked if I had been exposed to rusty metal, or had any puncture wounds." Rusty nails are kind of a red herring. It's not that the tetanus bacterium Clostridium tet...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
April 27, 3:55pm

Re: how two carry
>"now how about carrying two of these?" You only need to get it from curbside to the check-in counter or perhaps from the parking garage. If taking public transit, leave 30 minutes...

In GEAR » Moving Overseas: bringing our backpacking gear
April 27, 2:40pm

Restrictions - no problem
It is better to remove duffle bag straps because they are less likely to snag on automated handling equipment. I always do for the safety and more reliable transport of my bags; sometimes they'...

In GEAR » Moving Overseas: bringing our backpacking gear
April 27, 2:32pm

I think I give good answers at times, but I knocked this one out of the park.
I'm a fan of 2-pound soft duffle bags so as maximize content weight, protect UL gear from bag-handling wear&tear, and because they squish into compact car trunks FAR better than any wheeled...

In GEAR » Moving Overseas: bringing our backpacking gear
April 27, 2:18pm

Helpful data.
I have played Pooh Sticks with my kids on numerous bridges, including the original one in located in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex (the "Hundred Acre Wood") where my great uncle lives. ...

In GEAR » MYOG help needed: Pooh Sticks
April 27, 1:50pm

Peeing into the wind
>"You can speak in the language of the animals by warning them off by marking your tent site." Yes and no. Friends played a great trick on a trip co-leader one time. They all pe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Irrational Solo Fear
April 25, 2:17pm

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