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Robert Kelly (QiWiz) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale UL gear @
About Me I dream of thru hikes but work and family get in the way. Am familiar with most OH and western PA trails; Isle Royale; a little of Rocky Mountain NP; AT from Springer to Hot Springs; some of Monongahela in WV. Have also been on PCT in Yosemite and Mt San Jacinto area in CA and Mt Jefferson area in OR; Bailey Range in Olympic; Wind River Crest in WY. Pack weight 8-12 pounds in all seasons. Happy Trails.
If you are interested in the lightest ti trowels, stoves, and saws, check out my website at
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Pot to burner distance
of 1.25 to 1.75 inches is often described as ideal for most burners and most pots, whether using an alcohol stove or an Esbit burner (from top of Esbit tab). I favor the 1.75 inch distance in my ow...

In GEAR » Trangia burner
May 09, 12:57pm

Kahtoola microspikes work just fine with trail runners
but cannot comment on crampons. Probably dependent somewhat on strap configuration. Certainly for you to be able to kick into vertical stuff with toe spikes on crampons and climb up the vertical st...

In GEAR » Crampons with trail runners
May 09, 12:54pm

UL hammock options
+1 on BIAS hammock being a bit bigger than a Nano with little weight penalty.

In Gear Lists » First UL Hammock Gear List
May 08, 12:47pm

Another look at Esbit
I find a half of an Esbit cube in a Caldera Cone with a squat pot will heat 2 cups of water nearly to boiling, but not to a rolling boil. This is enough for breakfast or dinner in most cases. 3/4 o...

In GEAR » Lightest 10 day stove
May 06, 10:46pm

FireFly reviewed by JacobD and others; new MultiFuel option
Jacob has kindly posted a review of the FireFly on his blog: Hike It Like It as well as an interview. You can check it out at: I've also made ...

In Gear Deals » Lightest collapsible wood burning stove on the planet - the FireFly Stove
May 06, 12:54pm

I'll take it
Sending PM

In Gear Swap » FS: Patagonia Merino 2 LS crew neck mens XL
May 04, 9:25am

Shorter trip, lighter weight
My lightest base weights are on my short trips, largely because I can get a more clear idea of expected weather and temperatures, which in turn lets me fine tune gear choices to the least heavy opt...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The validity of going lightweight for shorter trips
May 04, 8:14am

Special Combo Deal Available Again
All details on Specials page of website. Save 10% on combo of the lightest buck saw, pouch, and trowel on the planet. Offer good till 5/19. You CAN cut it!

In Gear Deals » Could this be the ultimate UL backpacking saw?
May 04, 5:49am

If you don't use tram
you will begin with a big up. Depending on the season, water can be scarce, so check with rangers re this. I've not hiked without taking the tram up, but have done a very enjoyable loop beginni...

In Pre-Trip Planning » San Jacinto State Park
May 02, 1:10pm

Another option for inflating stuff with air you have not humidified with your lungs
is the Big Agnes pump sack. 1.6 oz and can do extra duty as stuff sack, pillow, and even water carrier in a pinch. Been very happy with it. Use it selectively on trail depending on conditions, but ...

In GEAR » Moisture filter for matresses?
May 01, 9:36am

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