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David Neumann (idahomtman) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Northern Idaho
About Me 47 year backpacker, former national Sierra Club backpack leader, school superintendent
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All Forum Posts by David Neumann

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There are lots of interesting trail mix combinations in "The Great Gorp Contest" which is still available at:,2646,2046,00.html.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Trail Mix...
March 17, 10:10am

pot cozy
If all you do is boil, as I do, then the cozy isn't worth the weight or space. I have one that fits their 3-cup pot and it weighs one ounce on a digital postal scale. It works great when you need t...

In GEAR » AntiGravity Gear Pot Cozy
March 17, 9:30am

Maybe, but...
I can boil 26+ cups of water using one small canister (, but I doubt I could boil that much water with seven ounces of alcohol and my Pepsi ca...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
March 08, 2:54pm

Alcohol stoves
Alcohol stoves are not always lighter. It depends on the length of the trip and/or number of days between resupply points. Utilizing readily available data on fuel consumption, often the alcohol an...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
March 08, 9:45am

summer rain protection in the Sierras
"It never rains in the Sierras" is certainly an old myth, but I'll take my GoLite Wisp windshirt plus my Integral designs Sil Poncho for rain protection and shelter if my primary activity is hiking...

In GEAR » Polarshield lightweight or Dryskin extreme?
March 04, 9:07am

Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004
Gossamer Gear Lightrek Poles MontBell U.L. Bivy MontBell Thermawrap Jacket

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
February 15, 2:32pm

MontBell U.L. Bivy
I have a MontBell U.L. Bivy and have used it with success here in Idaho under similar conditions to the Sierra. It is light and compact and I have not experienced condensation problems during the s...

In GEAR » What is the Best UL Bivy?
January 18, 4:22pm

3 favorites pieces of gear
MontBell Thermawrap jacket, beer can alcohol stove, MontBell U.L. Down Hugger #5. Just got a Go-Lite Jam, but haven't used it in the field yet.

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
January 06, 12:53pm

Montbell U.L. Alpine Down Hugger #5
How come I never see mention of the Montbell U.L. (Ultralight) Down Hugger #5 sleeping bag. I purchased one last summer and found it to be adequate for the Idaho high country in the summer. At 17 o...

November 23, 10:54am

All Reader Reviews by David Neumann

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Inov8 Flyroc 310
I've been wearing the Flyroc 310s for six months. I do use my Superfeet insoles which may take away some of the flexibility these shoes are known for but they work great for me. Light, good toe pr...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 13, 10:46am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have owned this pad for awhile but haven't used it until this weekend on a trip to Glacier Lake in Oregon. I broke a rib earlier this summer and needed some additional padding not provided by my...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 13, 10:05am

Nunatak Arc Specialist
For my first experience using a quilt, I was very impressed. I ordered this quilt in order to have more room because I like to sleep on my side and bring my legs up a little. Weighs only one pound and...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
August 13, 10:03am

Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr NANO Bivy Sack (Pertex Quantum)
Awesome is the only word to describe this piece of equipment. Had I not suffered a broken rib earlier this summer, I would have got to use this item of equipment earlier, but I spent a wonderful weeke...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 13, 10:00am

ZPacks Zilch
I just had a chance to use my new Zilch from ZPacks and found it to be a great value and I would give it a five if the closure held a little better. With a pad stuffed into the back pocket, I was not ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 13, 9:56am

Esbit stove and Esbit fuel cartridges Official brand...aus BRD
I have had reasonable success with the Esbit stove and fuel if I use a wind screen and a decent lid on the pot. I have also found the residue and odor to be somewhat unpleasant. I purchased a beer can...

In Stoves - Other
June 15, 10:53pm

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
Smells nice, works when there aren't too many mosquitoes around. Doesn't cut it for really bad bugs. Really, I've been using 100% DEET for over 35 years and I am okay; both physically and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 25, 9:07am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I love this pad. It is lightweight and provides reasonable comfort. It works for my 5'10" frame provided I used my pack and other items for padding under my legs. I have used it successfully ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 12:54pm

Pentax Optio WP
Just received my new Optio W20 purchased through Mine weights 5.4 ounces with the battery and card installed. Nice package, light weight, compact and, so far at least, excellent picture qu...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
April 24, 8:45am

Suunto Vector
I've had mine for two years and it has lived up to my expectations. It is large but once you wear it awhile you will get used to it. The watchband has been fine and looks as good as new. My only c...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
April 10, 10:34pm