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All Forum Posts by Bob Bankhead

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Steripen Opti still the way to go?
Thanks to John for the comparison link. Here's a clarifying quote from that link" "Similar Models: Classic, Traveler, Emergency & Defender are the same device just targeted ...

In GEAR » Steripen Opti still the way to go?
February 26, 12:29pm

Steripen Opti still the way to go?
The newest (and heaviest) version is the SteriPEN Ultra. It has an internal battery. See John Abela's review of this unit and a brief comparison of all units at Hikerlighter.com http://hi...

In GEAR » Steripen Opti still the way to go?
February 25, 3:39pm

Solo Wilderness Security
I was always told the most dangerous things in the Australian bush were the snakes. Supposedly some of the most venomous snake species in the world call Oz home. Some suspect their introduction ...

In GEAR » Solo Wilderness Security
February 24, 4:28pm

Examples of "Stupid Light"
First match your gear to where you're hiking and the conditions you expect to encounter. What is "Stupid Light" on Katadyn may be just fine for the Florida Trail. Then factor in pe...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Light"
February 21, 5:58pm

@Ryan re:Winter Firebuilding Techniques (Video)
@Ryan: I would have rather done this off-list, but since it is not possible to PM you, let me suggest that you consider re-editing your video regarding the use of the hatchet for limbing. It is ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Winter Firebuilding Techniques (Video)
February 20, 1:44pm

Fire directly on snow?
Lay down a thick layer of green Douglas fir branches. Knock the snow off first. Build your fire atop the green needles. Like any platform fire, it will eventually sink into the snow, so the thic...

In Editor's Roundtable » Winter Firebuilding Techniques (Video)
February 20, 11:07am

Please recommend a fantastic long hike. (solo)
Givewn your location, you might also consider some of the great hikes available in Iceland. If memory serves, there have been some posts regarding such on BPL in the past.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Please recommend a fantastic long hike. (solo)
February 16, 2:46pm

Please recommend a fantastic long hike. (solo)
Travel time to and from Newfoundland will restrict your west coast options. However, these might fit - assuming you have 14 on-trail days available. Tahoe Rim Trail. 165 mile loop. Can be done i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Please recommend a fantastic long hike. (solo)
February 15, 3:31pm

Re: sleeping pad / ground cloth
If you do go with a down-filled mat, you'd be wise to consider the Instaflator so you're not adding moisture to the down from your breath. I just received mine for our Prolite Plus mats. No...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for a couple's *tentative* PCT 2013
February 14, 5:39pm

Gear List for a couple's *tentative* PCT 2013
My suggestions, based on the information you provided: 1) Wife is cold sleeper, 64 inches tall. Consider a warmer sleeping pad to go under her, especially since you haven't bought it yet. ...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for a couple's *tentative* PCT 2013
February 14, 4:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm