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James Patsalides (james@patsalides.com) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale New England
About Me British fella living in New England. Restarted hiking kick early in 2009 after a lot of years off. Trying to get my 3 year old out on the trail as much as possible. Goals are to hike at least twice a month, every month, with at least one overnight, and ultimately to thru hike the AT by the time I'm 50.

+ Leave No Trace Master Educator.
+ SOLO certified Wilderness First Aider.
+ BPL Wilderness Skills School Alum.
+ Learning/leadership/creativity consultant in real life.
CityManchester
StateConnecticut
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by James Patsalides

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Backpack suggestions for weekend
Matt: I'm going to take a slightly different tack than most of the posters here... 1. Get a biggish UL backpack right away. A good starter would be a GoLite Jam2 (20oz) and a GoLite ION (...

In GEAR » Backpack suggestions for weekends
December 09, 8:28am

Multi-use Items
1. Puffa jacket as warm-up jacket and with my quilt as part of my sleep system. 2. Bivy bag as bivy bag and waterproof stuff sack for the quilt (push bivy bag into bottom of pack with open end up,...

In Multiple Use Gear » Multi-Use Items
December 09, 8:05am

Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies
If you're hiking with someone you don't know too well, and they drop behind, wait for them... BUT, don't start walking ahead again as soon as they catch up with you! You've just ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies
December 09, 6:59am

40*F: UL60 quilt + bivy OR down pants/jacket + bivy
Z: I took my pro-90 quilt down to low 30s, but that was with a puffy jacket (EMS ascent lightweight), merino hat, liner gloves, fluffy wool socks and cap 2 long johns under my hiking pants - all i...

In GEAR » 40*F: UL60 quilt + bivy OR down pants/jacket + bivy
December 08, 7:34pm

GG or TiGoat Trekking Poles?
Like Brad, I haven't used the Ti Goat poles, but have had my LT4/shorts for a couple of months and LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I was worried about the lack of wrist straps, but went forward on a rec f...

In GEAR » GG or TiGoat Trekking Poles?
December 08, 1:46pm

Your best gear of 2009
1. Gotta be +1 on the Gossamer Gear LT4s. 2. BPL PRO-90 Quilt: my first adventure into quilt sleeping, so I might be biassed, but this is DEFINITELY a fave piece for me. 3. HYDROPEL!!!

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 07, 12:45pm

Beginner Snow Shoes: Northern Lites QuickSilver?
Jim & Eric: Thanks for your lower budget options... food for thought! Spruce: After reading around, seems like alot of folks on this site LOVE the Northern Lites QuickSilvers, and they see...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner Snow Shoes
December 07, 12:39pm

UL with a gun: +1 on the privilege argument!
Wow, this is such a fascinating debate for me... I'm a Brit living in the US, and unlike most Brits, I was brought up with firearms from an early age. I got my first 410 when I was 9, gradua...

In Philosophy & Technique » UL with a gun?
December 03, 2:24pm

Friends?
@Michael: I am thankful that you meant no personal offense in your comments about me being "dangerous" and "the type of person who should be strongly opposed", etc... I actuall...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
November 25, 1:43pm

UBE - Dragging into other areas?
>>James, you are really dragging this into completely different areas of discussion, abortion and such. I would be happy to discuss your ghastly viewpoints on this in another topic elsewhere....

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
November 25, 11:50am

All Reader Reviews by James Patsalides

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Aquaclip Aquaclip (black)
This little piece of plastic is unbelievable. It clips onto your plastic water bottle (aquafina or smartwater etc), then slides over your belt, pack strap or clip, sternum strap... wherever! If you...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 9:37am

Berghaus C7-65+10
Used this bag for a couple of years on numerous hiking trips BEFORE getting into lightweight backpacking. As an example of a traditional backpack, it is one of the best out there. Berghaus' biof...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 20, 12:54pm

IKEA Plastic Cup (Orange)
This super-cheap lightweight plastic cup form IKEA has become a core part of my cooking and eating system. The cup weights 1oz, and is insulating enough to use for tea or coffee, as well as cold drin...

In Cookware - Other
December 20, 12:36pm

Glaceau Smart Water 1 Liter bottle
I started using these bottles in the late summer and I love them. I now have 3, 2x 1L and 1x 0.6L version. Two of them fit perfectly into the side pocket of my golite jam, or one slides perfectly do...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 20, 12:28pm

Berghaus Tech T Long Sleeve
The Berghaus tech T long sleeve base layer is a top quality lightweight synthetic base layer designed by one of Europe's premier gear manufacturers. This is a summer base layer, roughly equivalen...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
December 15, 11:22am

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
The SpinnTwinn has now become my primary tarp for solo use. The quality is outstanding, perfect stitching, strong tie-outs, the new cord locks are great. Matched up with 8x titanium nails and my LT4 t...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 10, 7:35am

Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
First, I have to state for the record that this is my first quilt, so my review may be biassed by my happy transformational transition from bags to quilts! I have used this quilt as part of an in...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 08, 7:57pm

Golite Jam
If, like me, you're starting the journey into SUL backpacking, this is the perfect starter pack. Good size for a multi-day, but not so huge that you are tempted to put extra stuff into the pack. A...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 11:34am