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Robert Kelly (QiWiz) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me I dream of thru hikes but work and family get in the way. Am familiar with most OH and western PA trails; Isle Royale; a little of Rocky Mountain NP; AT from Springer to Hot Springs; some of Monongahela in WV. Have also been on PCT in Yosemite and Mt San Jacinto area in CA and Mt Jefferson area in OR; Bailey Range in Olympic; Wind River Crest in WY. Pack weight 8-12 pounds in all seasons. Happy Trails.
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Re: liner socks
My impression is that wool (especially Merino wool) may have finer fibers than synthetics. Whether they are finer or not, body heat dries out a layer of these fibers next to your skin, even when th...

In GEAR » liner socks
June 22, 9:52am

Might be interested
in buying an Expedition if/when you want to sell it. I'll be doing the JMT in 2014 and know that's the canister I'll want to use. I'm not making a promise, just indicating that ther...

In GEAR » Resale value of a Bearikade Expedition
June 20, 2:14pm

Water treatment in Nepal
With Aqua Mira and SteriPen was a good combo for us. Cannot comment on monsoon season specifically. Was there in October.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Everest Base Camp in July
June 20, 10:07am

Backcountry cornbread on a wood burning stove
Entire kit to do this weighs 2/3 oz. Now we're cooking! Check out the video:

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Backcountry cornbread on a wood burning stove
June 18, 11:07am

Re: Keeping water bottles on your shoulder straps
I've done this for the last 15 years on all my packs, currently using 20 oz Gatorade or similar bottles that have a waist about 1/3 down from the top of the bottle. I've used non-bungee thi...

In GEAR » Keeping water bottles on your shoulder straps
June 18, 6:57am

Re: searching for a light alcohol stove (that can also burn wood and accommodate multiple pots)
My 2 cents: If you plan to usually burn alcohol but want to be able to burn wood occasionally as a backup, I'd recommend a Caldera Cone Ti-Tri to fit whatever pot will meet most of your need...

In GEAR » searching for a light alcohol stove
June 13, 9:01am

Gear of the week!
Just found out that a PCT thru-hiking couple really like their Big Dig. Thanks for the compliment. Check out their blog at:

In Gear Deals » They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes
June 13, 8:47am

Re: Best Camping Pillow
Like NickB described above, I have a GG sit pad in my Gorilla or Murmur packs. I take it out and roll it loosely or fold in thirds and secure it with a small DIY Velcro strap that I also use to wra...

In GEAR » Best Camping Pillow?
June 05, 1:27pm

Clothing as part of sleep system
I'm a big believer in the principle that your quilt or sleeping bag is just the last layer you put on when sleeping. So if it's cold, I'm often wearing all of my camp clothes under the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleep systems with clothes
June 05, 1:17pm

Throwaway ponchos
When I used a Gatewood Cape as both shelter and rain gear, I'd have one of these ponchos in case it was raining in camp after the Gatewood was set up. Came in handy a couple of times, especiall...

In Gear Deals » Go light, go frugal - 55 - 99 cent ponchos
June 05, 1:04pm

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