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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
My PDF Gear ListPhil's spring 2007 gear list

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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Re: Ultralightweight tarp desired, tent required
Mike, ditto. I'm looking for the same. We'll also be at Philmont July '08. Last year, our troop had a crew of 10 with 3 adults. 2 of the adults each had their own TT Squall 2. The th...

In GEAR » Ultralightweight tarp desired, tent required
May 17, 7:40am

Re: Using Espresso Pods for pack-it-out backpacking
Kim, after 3 years of trial and error, I've landed on modified cowboy coffee for a good backcountry brew. In BPL magazine, Issue 6, Mike Clelland has a superb article on this subject. He compar...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Using Espresso Pods for pack-it-out backpacking
May 10, 6:36am

Re: Filtering dirt out of water for Platypus bottles
Jonathan, I've been using coffee filters too. But I'm trying Ben's suggestion for my next outing.

In Philosophy & Technique » Filtering dirt out of water for Platypus bottles
May 10, 6:20am

Re: Best Fishing/Hiking Shirt
Edwin, best is even more subjective. My favorite hiking, fishing, and general warm weather shirt is the Rail Riders Adventure shirt.

In Fishing » Best Fishing/Hiking Shirt
April 27, 3:06pm

Re: Your Avatar
New pic is our crew at the Boundary Waters in July 2007. We had a great time. It ain't backpacking but it is sure fun. On this trip we saw a wolf, had a beaver that visited our camp, encountere...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 09, 3:59pm

Re: Fleece Gloves for Potlifters
A while back, a fellow adult Scouter wanted to grab a pot from a campfire. Without thinking, I tossed him my fleece gloves. The poor fellow never even realized that he melted the outer fleece layer...

In GEAR » Fleece Gloves for Potlifters
April 05, 7:18am

Re: RR Adventure Shirt & Warm Weather
Michael, one more vote here for the RR Adventure Shirt. I wear L shirts and find the sizing consistent with others. But a roomy fit is more comfortable in hot weather to me. The Adventure shirt ...

In GEAR » RR Adventure Shirt & Warm Weather
March 31, 5:12am

Re: Broken - All Forum Posts by this User
Steve, I just tried your profile and then my own. Same result. Clicking on the link for page 2 goes directly to the BPL main page.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Broken - All Forum Posts by this User
March 30, 2:43pm

Re: Wilderness First Aid
Andy, that was very different from my experience in the American Red Cross WFA course that I took with our local BSA council. The emphasis in our course was on how to think through different situat...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wilderness First Aid
March 29, 5:53am

Re: E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not?
Not any longer. I carry a sleeping bag, insulated clothing (in cooler weather), a bivy, a tarp, and usually a 1.3 oz. groundcloth. I just can't find a reason in my kit to carry one more just-in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not?
March 27, 9:30pm

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm