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Gordon Smith (swearingen) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Portland, Oregon
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Any tent can be flappy and noisy if it's blowing hard enough. This is where earplugs and Benadryl come in handy.

In GEAR » GG Squall Classic
August 24, 9:15pm

Anyone here use a Ghillie Kettle?
I stumbled across this interesting item while roaming through cyber space: The Ghillie Kettle. It's a chimney-shaped kettle with an integrated wood stove at the bottom. The smoke and heat rise ...

In GEAR » Anyone here use a Ghillie Kettle?
August 22, 3:00am

Moss Little Dipper
Ahhh, the Moss Little Dipper. I too own one of those fine little bomb shelters. A great tent in its day but since it weighs something like 10 pounds mine has not left the basement for 15 years. I r...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 21, 1:59pm

Of my current kit the things I like or enjoy the most are: iPod Shuffle, Nikon D80, GG Murmur pack, Bushbuddy Stove, TT Contrail, Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket, BPL SUL 1100 ti pot, BPL long handl...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 21, 1:14am

The lightest handheld unit I know of is the Geko. It doesn't display maps though, so to use it for your purposes you need to upload waypoints to it from your computer using NG TOPO! or the Topo...

In GEAR » GPS for occasional users
August 20, 7:25pm

Recently I read a post where someone mentioned taking a frozen steak for dinner on the first night of a backpack trip. If wrapped well the steak apparently is just about thawed by dinner time. Soun...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Steak!
August 20, 10:05am

I love my Smartwool base layers. For colder weather I have a heavier top, "midweight" I think, and then a "microweight" top for warmer conditions. For bottoms I only have a micr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Frustrated:: Need options Base layer
August 19, 1:41am

My pack isn't SUL yet but my wallet is.

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 18, 8:32pm

Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee
I switched to Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee for my backpack trips this year and I haven't looked back. It comes in single serving packets and it's really quite good. Far better than any inst...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
August 17, 2:48am

Avatar Blues
I'm no internet guru, but my impression is that two things have to happen before you see your new avatar after you've changed it. One is the image cache at BPL needs to refresh, and the oth...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Changing Avatar
August 17, 2:20am

All Reader Reviews by Gordon Smith

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Trail Designs Caldera ULC Cone for Snow Peak 600 mug
The Caldera ULC Cone is the compact version of the original Caldera Cone that Trail Designs has been making for several years. The great benefit of the ULC Cones is that they're designed to fit in...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 05, 1:32am