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James Patsalides ( - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale New England
About Me British fella living in New England. Restarted hiking kick early in 2009 after a lot of years off. Trying to get my 3 year old out on the trail as much as possible. Goals are to hike at least twice a month, every month, with at least one overnight, and ultimately to thru hike the AT by the time I'm 50.

+ Leave No Trace Master Educator.
+ SOLO certified Wilderness First Aider.
+ BPL Wilderness Skills School Alum.
+ Learning/leadership/creativity consultant in real life.
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All Forum Posts by James Patsalides

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So for this BPL year end sale...
Well, I ordered that Cacoon UL60 vest that I've been hankering after for like a year, and got $50 off. I feel pretty good about the direction this is going. I do agree with one of the poste...

In Gear Deals » So for this BPL year end sale...
December 28, 6:30am

Christmas Loot! Show us what ya got!
Ahhh, what a nice day... here's my little loot list: 1. Lumix GF1 w/ 20mm aspherical pancake lens 2. Electronic viewfinder & remote shutter control 3. Carbon fiber tarp poles & mini ...

In GEAR » Christmas Loot! Show us what ya got!
December 25, 10:23pm

What knife do you carry backpacking?
I carry a Stanley mini box cutter in my pocket with my bic mini. Plastic with a tiny box cutter blade. Sharp as anything. 0.2oz. Doesn't get any more SUL than that! Most often I only use i...

In GEAR » What knife do you carry backpacking?
December 19, 11:42am

Windshirt - Houdini not avail... +1 on Montane Lite Speed
Shon: Agree with Rod on purchasing a lite speed in the UK. I bought mine while I was on vaca there for 40 GBP, but a quick web search (using found, which ha...

In GEAR » Windshirt - Houdini not available, other suggestions?
December 17, 6:47am

Queer Eye for the GAYL Guy?
Maybe Andrew could add SUL makeovers to his products & services??? What about a version of "What Not To Wear" to help traditional backpackers go UL???

In GEAR » Arc'teryx now makes office clothes.
December 15, 11:42am

Arc'teryx now makes office clothes...
... maybe they're thinking SUL blazer, dress shirt & tie for the trail? I mean, a blazer is just like a wind shirt, dress shirt is kinda like a base layer, perhaps a tie is just the new ki...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx now makes office clothes.
December 15, 11:12am

Professional Backpacking.....
Well, I explored these options at length this year, and concluded that I couldn't do it and keep a viable relationship with my wife, and support my 3 year old daughter, even though my wife has ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Professional Backpacking.....
December 13, 10:33pm

If you were separated from your pack...
--- I would want to have a strong needle and sturdy thread (dental floss) to make a a pack out of my pants. --- @Diane: LOL. This is the best line I've read in a long time! ;-) I'm m...

In Philosophy & Technique » If you were seperated from your pack...
December 13, 6:29pm

Pants - BPL Thorofare v. Montbell Stretch Windpants & others
--- "develop a base tan so I don't need to" --- Hey! These are scary words, my friend. Might want to check the science of this with, like, a doctor... before you plan to use this...

In GEAR » Pants - BPL Thorofare v. Montbell Stretch Windpants & others
December 09, 4:50pm

Spinntwinn + DEET?
Could you also think about just using DEET instead of the head net? If your bivy is protecting the rest of your body, putting DEET onto a lightweight hat and onto your shirt collar / bandana (or m...

In GEAR » Spinntwinn + net tent
December 09, 2:01pm

All Reader Reviews by James Patsalides

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Aquaclip Aquaclip (black)
This little piece of plastic is unbelievable. It clips onto your plastic water bottle (aquafina or smartwater etc), then slides over your belt, pack strap or clip, sternum strap... wherever! If you...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 9:37am

Berghaus C7-65+10
Used this bag for a couple of years on numerous hiking trips BEFORE getting into lightweight backpacking. As an example of a traditional backpack, it is one of the best out there. Berghaus' biof...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 20, 12:54pm

IKEA Plastic Cup (Orange)
This super-cheap lightweight plastic cup form IKEA has become a core part of my cooking and eating system. The cup weights 1oz, and is insulating enough to use for tea or coffee, as well as cold drin...

In Cookware - Other
December 20, 12:36pm

Glaceau Smart Water 1 Liter bottle
I started using these bottles in the late summer and I love them. I now have 3, 2x 1L and 1x 0.6L version. Two of them fit perfectly into the side pocket of my golite jam, or one slides perfectly do...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 20, 12:28pm

Berghaus Tech T Long Sleeve
The Berghaus tech T long sleeve base layer is a top quality lightweight synthetic base layer designed by one of Europe's premier gear manufacturers. This is a summer base layer, roughly equivalen...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
December 15, 11:22am

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
The SpinnTwinn has now become my primary tarp for solo use. The quality is outstanding, perfect stitching, strong tie-outs, the new cord locks are great. Matched up with 8x titanium nails and my LT4 t...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 10, 7:35am

Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
First, I have to state for the record that this is my first quilt, so my review may be biassed by my happy transformational transition from bags to quilts! I have used this quilt as part of an in...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 08, 7:57pm

Golite Jam
If, like me, you're starting the journey into SUL backpacking, this is the perfect starter pack. Good size for a multi-day, but not so huge that you are tempted to put extra stuff into the pack. A...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 11:34am