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David Bonn (david_bonn) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Cascades
About Me Semi-retired computer geek, sometime employee of the National Parking Lot Service, fluent skier and hiker.

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relative risks (clean water)
Actually, there really hasn't been very much honest research in this area. There have been a few surveys of backcountry water quality -- they have uniformly shown that there is neglible risk of ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Chemicals, Filters, or Neither!
September 14, 10:11am

more dipping...
I use the cut-off bottom of an old platy bottle as a bowl and a small yogurt cup as a, well, cup. Either of those would work fine for dipping. Depending on the water source, you can also use th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Getting water in a 1L Platypus
August 30, 8:16pm

Re: "Stringent rationing"?
1.25 lb of peanut butter, cheese, or lard per day should be plenty of calories. That probably isn't what you meant, though. Long ago a botched resupply left me with six days worth of food for a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » "Stringent rationing"?
August 28, 7:58pm

Re: Bear Bagging
Actually, if rope is still dangling from a tree, what probably happened was that the cord got hung up (all too common) and the poor hiker tried to recover as much of the bear cord as possible. If ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear bag bust
August 21, 5:50pm

secrets of my food-hanging success
If the skimpy trees are sufficiently tall and reasonably close (15 or 20 feet), why don't you toss your cord over a branch on each tree and suspend your food between the two trees? This usually ne...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear bag bust
August 21, 1:41pm

Re: Golite Lair 1 versus Cave 1
You don't need four poles to pitch a cave. The side lifters are strictly optional -- I've never, ever felt the need for them myself. I like the cave, and still use mine (although I usually carr...

In GEAR » Golite Lair 1 versus Cave 1
August 10, 11:48am

compression shorts
I like compression shorts myself. They are stretchy and just like bike shorts without the goofy seat pad. If you keep an eye out you can often pick them up at big box sporting goods stores for ...

In GEAR » bike shorts for hiking
July 27, 12:47pm

Re: Shoe recommendations other than Montrail Vitesse?
Lots of brands work. I think one of the reasons Montrail is so popular is that, on the average, more people can get a decent fit from the lasts Montrail uses. People also have a lot of brand lo...

In GEAR » Shoe recommendations other than Montrail Vitesse?
July 21, 11:37am

Re: Newcomer with Knee aches.....
A lot of people find trekking poles help a great deal for this situation. Proper footwear and insoles also can make a huge difference with respect to knee problems. Figuring out what "proper" f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Newcomer with Knee aches.....
July 18, 4:42pm

Re: Putting our diets on a diet
I think in practice nearly everyone does this on a long hike. Intentionally or unintentionally. It is a very rare individual who doesn't lose weight on a hike of a week or more. My own observati...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » LIGHTERweight Food/Nutrition?
June 21, 11:51pm

All Reader Reviews by David Bonn

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Western Mountaineering Summer Coupler
I think the big killer for me and my so was that it was made of cotton. It needs to be made of some very light synthetic instead. Once again, a great idea with poor execution.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 26, 9:09am

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
One other thing that I think is good is that the stretchy fabric is relatively thin -- this means that if you are exercising you can still wear the hat in quite cold weather, and if it is wicked cold ...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 25, 1:56pm

Superfeet Performance Green
Thirty bucks is a lot of money for an insole. But it is way cheaper than knee surgery. I've been using them religiously for four years in everything but rock climbing shoes and backcountry ski boots...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 09, 11:02am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
Lightweight, simple, doubles as a pillow. This pullover is a wonderful evolution of the original puffball pullover.

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 09, 10:55am

GoLite Phantom Jacket
Awesome light jacket. Enormous pit zips help ventilation a lot. High pockets let you stash gloves and trail mix where you can get them without taking your pack off. A little heavier than some more ...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:53am

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I don't go anywhere without this pullover. For everything from groomed cross-country ski tours to weeklong climbing trips to long-distance backpacks. This is probably the most useful item of clothin...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
August 09, 10:51am

Patagonia Specter Jacket
Wonderfully light. Waterproof. Reasonably breathable. More expensive than my first car (and more waterproof too). The big pockets help venting a bit, but it doesn't (in my opinion) vent particul...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:49am

ULA Equipment P-1
I've used my P-1 since March, with several trips up to two weeks (with resupply) and trips as long as seven days without a resupply. I like the side pockets a lot. I'd like them better (and give t...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 09, 10:43am