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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: Kids Sleeping bag
Hi guys, You're going to love the Tarptent Rainshadow- enjoy! My bags from Tim Marshall Outdoors: Henry's bag: 36"w x 46"l it is, foot extension drawstring at 6" f...

In GEAR » Kids sleeping bag
August 20, 9:40pm

Re: Skip the kids stuff
Brenden- that is a brilliant system! Very cool- I never though of doing it that way. Thanks for sharing! Our first all-family trip is on Labor Day- Amy, me, Henry (3- for trip #9) and Lily (2 ...

In GEAR » Kids sleeping bag
August 20, 9:26pm

Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
Yesterday, Petras, Franco, and Louis (the first two being regulars in our forums) stopped by my house on their way to a great PCT trip from Snoqualmie Pass to Stehiken. It was great to meet these ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
August 20, 7:43am

Re: Upgrade.
Yes- luxury. Beautiful, functional luxury. Ah, Nunatak. Wish I could afford you. dj

In GEAR » Nunatak
August 17, 10:15pm

Re: Re: ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!
Let me point out that it is much more fun to buy a new UL tent made of cuben fiber than it is to lose 5 pounds. Losing weight is NOT fun! (and I lost 9 pounds this summer) Next, it's imp...

In Philosophy & Technique » ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!
August 17, 4:12pm

Re: Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee
I agree- I'm a daily home espresso Seattle coffee snob, and the Starbucks VIA is my new favorite. Good coffee, light, easy, no extra contraptions, no mess- and it tastes better than Java Jui...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
August 17, 3:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Help deciding on a tent
Good points Steven. A few comments: RE: 30 degrees. Yes, if it's freezing and windy, any 3 season tent may be pushing it a bit. Winter tents typically have solid walls to decrease airflow...

In GEAR » Help deciding on a tent
August 17, 3:22pm

Re: Help deciding on a tent
Good point Mary! A small pack towel is a great addition to your kit on high condensation mornings.

In GEAR » Help deciding on a tent
August 17, 8:15am

Re: Re: Re: Re: 2 people and a dog?
You know Rick- I've never done the Wonderland Trail- only portions in the winter and summit climbs. But I know it's incredible from talking with others. Other amazing options- Olympic N...

In GEAR » Help deciding on a tent
August 16, 12:48pm

Re: Re: 2 people and a dog?
Yes- and I didn't mention that I'm in the Seattle area. My normal conditions are very wet. Not the humidity of the East, but constant rain, drizzle, sprinkles, slush, and snow. I love my...

In GEAR » Help deciding on a tent
August 15, 9:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm