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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

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All Forum Posts by Rick Dreher

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Re: Canon S100
Hi Trevor, The G12 uses the identical sensor to the S95. It's just dressed in a larger body with more features and the larger lens. Interestingly, it's now roughly the same size and weig...

In Photography » Canon S100
September 22, 11:51am

Re: Nikon mirrorless system announced
Mike Johnson sums up the mirrorless marketplace, and Nikon's new entry, very succinctly, here. http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2011/09/micro-43-is-the-big-ka...

In Photography » Nikon mirrorless system announced
September 22, 11:26am

Re: Canon S100
Hi Trevor, There will always be a gap between what can be done with various size sensors (physics never takes a day off) but how it manifests itself depends on what you're expecting from the...

In Photography » Canon S100
September 22, 10:40am

Re: Best place to backpack near(ish) wine country?
Henry Coe? Big Sur? Pinnacles? Big Basin? Any more it's harder to find places to backpack then to find wineries, which seem to be in every corner of the state. Not that there's anything wro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best place to backpack near(ish) wine country?
September 21, 5:52pm

Re: Interesting ...
Hi Roger, What, you want facts when you can have pink? ;-) With the exception of a couple pancake lenses I don't see that they've taken full advantage of the reduced size format--some...

In Photography » Nikon mirrorless system announced
September 21, 10:50am

Nikon mirrorless system announced
Called the Nikon 1 system, they'll have 13.2x8.8 mm chips and on first blush, a very sophisticated metering system. The shape reminds me a bit of a Leica III. http://cdn.press.nikonusa.com/s...

In Photography » Nikon mirrorless system announced
September 20, 11:00pm

Re: Leavitt Meadows/Fremont Lake
No skeets? Who'd you bribe? Quite the wade across the Walker, I've always been able to rock or log-hop the thing. IIRC that's Tower Peak to the left. Me jealous, but thanks for posti...

In Post-Trip Reports » Leavitt Meadows/Fremont Lake
September 19, 6:06pm

Re: Father / Daughter Adventure
Adorable. Well done, the both of you! (Need to tackle this myself.) Cheers, Rick

In Post-Trip Reports » Father / Daughter Adventure
September 19, 12:50pm

Re: carbon filters
The short answer is yes, carbon can adsorb mercury from water but is more commonly used for vapor-phase mercury removal. I can't find literature on whether it captures methyl mercury (the bioav...

In GEAR » Does Katadyn Hiker remove/reduce mercury?
September 17, 10:24am

Re: What kind of tent pole is strongest?
You wouldn't have to have ein Windmaschine, you could put a tent platform atop a car and go driving. You might need das Autobahn for the really high-speed tests, though. :-) One common large...

In GEAR » What kind of pole is strongest?
September 16, 11:07am

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

Backcountrygear.com
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