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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
Example Gear List at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/caffins_4_month_gear_list.html

BPL email: roger@backpackinglight.com
CitySydney
StateNSW
CountryAustralia
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Stakes in Ice
Hi Bob > > "aluminium bonds to ice. However, ice barely bonds to titanium" > Why? Good question. I think the layer of aluminium oxide (spelt the English way) on the surf...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 20, 1:53am

Re: What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
Collection of very old saddlery and horse gear in a cave on an old cattle duffing route in remote bushland. Rusty remains of a very old rifle in another cave. Very, very old (>100 yrs) wat...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
January 20, 1:41am

Re: Instant cold pack for heat stroke treatment
Very doubtful. Cold water over the back of the neck is effective, but not getting heatstroke in the first place is far more effective. If that means modifying your walking hours or using an umbr...

In Philosophy & Technique » Instant cold pack for heat stroke treatment
January 20, 12:33am

Re: Re: Re: Stakes in Ice
> When you pound a stake into frozen ground, the blow melts the ice, and of course it > immediately re-freezes. Very much so, but there is more to it than just refreezing. Ice will bond...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 19, 1:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: moderate
> I'm guessing you're near the coast? Is the interior more dry heat? Right. Sydney - one of the world's most hot&humid cities. Eh, we manage. That which does not kill you just ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
January 18, 1:20pm

Re: Thank you
Hi Sonnie Taslan/Supplex: see http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/notes_from_the_field_bushwhacking_shell.html It's a very tough nylon fabric which lasts for many years...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 18, 3:01am

Re: Re: Re: for your Dad
I found the genuine Packtowl product to be a bit heavy and not very good. These days we use some Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralight Backpacking towels: see http://www.backpackgeartest.org/r...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 18, 2:36am

Re: GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
Hi Sonnie Para 2: pretty much on the mark for GR10, GR11 and HRP. We walk (Australia, Europe) in a single Taslan/Supplex windshirt layer. We carry a single thermal layer and a synthetic jacke...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 17, 1:34pm

Re: easton nano nail stakes
> What gives? I thought these stakes were supposed to be fairly tough? Yeah, they go into forest duff in mid-summer real easy. The rest is marketing spin. The reality is that they are NOT m...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 17, 1:22pm

Re: Re: moderate
> Dave T. should challenge Roger to a duel, and Ken should challenge Ryan to a duel. > Mono a mono, rapier against rapier--ultra light ones of course. Huh??? Shouldn't that be 'car...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
January 16, 10:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm