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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: French crampon technique?
I will get howled down I imagine, but people have used French style while wearing joggers. That's very different from plastic boots, 12 point step-ins and front pointing. Yeah, but get very exp...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » French crampon technique?
January 22, 3:11am

Re: backpack size?
Ah well. Depends a lot on how compact your gear is. If your FRAME pack is over 65 L I would suggest getting something smaller. Under 45 L could be problematic. Do NOT try a frameless pack for a t...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 22, 3:08am

Re: Mailing supplies during hike
Can't post to all Gites d'Etapes as many of them don't have postal service. Can post to hotels in towns - but contact them first. Can also post to the local post office, but check the...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 21, 2:20pm

Re: Re: groups
Hi Lori > It might be my responsibility according to a judge, tho, if I was "in charge" and > something goes horribly wrong. Indeed. A common practice these days in Walking ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ran into a lost hiker...
January 21, 2:12pm

Re: can't find that ground
> Even in the hardest packed ground I find that using rocks to pound in ti hook stakes > is not required ever, Try cracked hard mudstone. I did need to 'pound' there - but the mudst...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 21, 5:01am

Re: Re: quilt vs sleeping bag; quilt temp?
> sandals or flip-flops if you plan to stay or eat in the refuges as outdoor > shoes/boots have to be left at the entrance. Shoes are OK in the dining room - the Lunch Crowd won't take ...

In Gear Lists » GR 10 Pyrenees layering and gear suggestions needed for newbie
January 20, 1:43pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Stakes in Ice
Hi Bob > > "aluminium bonds to ice. However, ice barely bonds to titanium" > Why? Good question. I think the layer of aluminium oxide (spelt the English way) on the surf...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 20, 1:53am

Re: What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
Collection of very old saddlery and horse gear in a cave on an old cattle duffing route in remote bushland. Rusty remains of a very old rifle in another cave. Very, very old (>100 yrs) wat...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
January 20, 1:41am

Re: Instant cold pack for heat stroke treatment
Very doubtful. Cold water over the back of the neck is effective, but not getting heatstroke in the first place is far more effective. If that means modifying your walking hours or using an umbr...

In Philosophy & Technique » Instant cold pack for heat stroke treatment
January 20, 12:33am

Re: Re: Re: Stakes in Ice
> When you pound a stake into frozen ground, the blow melts the ice, and of course it > immediately re-freezes. Very much so, but there is more to it than just refreezing. Ice will bond...

In GEAR » easton nano nail stakes
January 19, 1:34pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm