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Bill Fornshell (bfornshell) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern Texas
About Me I have been a member here since 24 August, 2003.

I believe in SUL and Lighter, Backpacking, and make most of my own gear. If you have a question about something I have made you can read about most of it here or on my Blog.


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I don't make things for other people. Thanks for asking but the answer to all, is NO.
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All Forum Posts by Bill Fornshell

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SUL G6 Clone for an AT Thru-Hike
I have a G6 pack that weighs 3.44oz. I like it a lot, however for an AT Thru-Hike I made a few changes. I changed the size a small bit making it 6.5" wide vs the 5" wide G6. I added mesh pocket...

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
June 14, 5:03pm

Testing gear by dragging.
From my 28 years as an US Army Infantryman, the magazine dragging test was a wimpy way of trying to duplicate a US Army Airborne trooper floating to earth with his gear hanging below him. The gear...

In Editor's Roundtable » Boy Scouts and Lightweight Backpacking
June 13, 8:07am

Hyper-Light Poly Tube Air Mattress + DAM version
Hi Mark, That is one of my projects and was a very popular thread. I use the my trail name of gardenville at some forums. Using the Poly Tube Material for an Air Mattress was one of my better id...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
June 10, 2:05pm

External Frame for my G6
I want to thank David for sending me the pictures of the old Stephenson external frame. I have made 2 versions of an external frame with the Stephenson like "wing-things" The first...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ultra-Light External Frame Pack
June 08, 4:46pm

Pictures of the G6
Here are a few pictures of my G6.

In Gear Lists » Extreme Light Gear List... Try to make even lighter!
June 04, 4:49pm

G6 Under-Bottom Reinforcement - Not
I have a new G6, got it last week. The pack has a heavier Black ripstop material that runs down part of the ("back" shoulder strap back) of the pack but stops just short of the bottom of the curve...

In Gear Lists » Extreme Light Gear List... Try to make even lighter!
June 03, 8:43pm

If it will simmer you can bake like this.
If your stove will simmer for 18 to 20 minutes you can bake in a dry cook pot like this. The small pan you see in the pictures was part of four connected together that I bought at a local restauran...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 02, 10:33am

Super Ultra Light - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
Hi Paul and Tony, I have a Tilley LT6. I am looking at it for all the little details like you have mentioned. The brim on the LT6 is 3.5" front and back and 2.5" on the side. I might even add t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
May 27, 7:29am

Super Ultra Light - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike / "Breaking the Five-Pound Barrier" / "Can A Sane Person Truly Enjoy SuperUltraLight Backpacking?" / Make Your Own Gear For almost 2 years I have been working on and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
May 26, 6:14pm

SUL Trekking Poles / Tripod
I hope this is easier to understand. Each Trekking poles weighs 3.2oz or 91 grams. The extra parts to make the Tripod are: 3 sections of Aluminum tubes for the thrid leg, the attachment parts ...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
May 26, 9:07am

All Reader Reviews by Bill Fornshell

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BMW (BPL) UL 60 Balaclava
Cocoon UL 60 Balaclava - Multi-Purpose - 5/5 I have had my Cocoon Balaclava since they first shipped. When I got it I was in the middle of several things and just looked it over, put it on, bless...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
July 08, 10:08pm

OR (Outdoor Research)
During the planning for my AT Hike this coming January I got out my old OR Advanced Bivy. I had used it only a few times after I bought it about 10 years ago and wanted to have a good look at it set ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 29, 4:41pm

BackpackingLight.com Premium Membership
1. Being able to have a picture and a little information about us all and a possible way to send a private email to other members. 2. A list of all our replies to threads in date order. This alone ...

In Books and Media
October 27, 8:16pm

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I have to agree with everyone about the Patagonia DragonFly. I bought 2 on a close-out sale for $29.95 each. You can't hardly beat that for a really great piece of gear.

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 19, 9:22am