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b d (bdavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
About Me Happy to find this site. Camping, hiking, whatever - love kayaks and have a bunch of foldables if people are ever in the area and want to use one - including a Klepper double which is great for taking gear and two people anywhere, including by sail in low wind conditions. Spent so much time reviewing all the posts and articles here over Thanksgiving I thought I would fill in some blanks. Me and partner live a few miles from Lassen peak on Hwy. 44 if you want to look it up and are in the area. Welcome to use our home as a base.
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All Forum Posts by b d

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Favorites in 2006
BPL (concepts are gear, as is philosohy and attitude) The UL people who are crazy enough to find ways to carry under 5 lbs. packs ... even if I never make it. (ditto for the community that makes...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 01, 10:25pm

Stegger mukluks?
Anyone have any experience with Stegger mukluks? We ordered and received them. My questions are: Do they wear well? The soles seem awfully soft. Can the uppers be sprayed to be waterproofe...

In GEAR » Stegger mukluks?
December 01, 7:20pm

The Stinky Factor
I gotta agree with the person with the all green arctic avatar (if yer really doin tradin cards, send me one of those please ... I'm thinkin of changing mine periodically just for the fun of it so ...

In GEAR » Going Wool? share your knowledge
November 30, 3:45pm

Rainshadow 2
I couldn't resist, although I tried. I just ordered the Rainshadow 2, w/ 4 stakes, 2 poles, the silicon sealer, and Tyvek footprint. Oh my. Now I have another tent ... my partner is gonna kill m...

In Gear Deals » holiday sale at
November 30, 12:43pm

Wool rocks
First, I discovered my favorite all around always wear and only carry one pair socks are .... Wool ... not capilene like I thought. Silly me. The Patagonia expedition weight socks rock. (See rea...

In GEAR » Going Wool? share your knowledge
November 30, 8:54am

New to all this, but love the site and members comments
Ranks are always a thing of wonder. Obviously pj is great, as are all the rest of the people -- if not so prolific or even relevant or accurate sometimes IMO. I simply love the site and the i...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Forum Profile
November 28, 7:44pm

Any Mountain Hardwear Tri-Lite 2 tents for sale
I would love to obtain another Mountain Hardwear Tri-Lite 2 tent, with the poles intact. Does anyone have or want to part with one, or know where I can find one. Mine is gonna wear out soon enoug...

In Gear Deals » Any Mountain Hardware Tri-Lite 2 tents for sale
November 28, 7:03pm

Re: holiday sale at
Do the tarptents come with the floor or is it purchased and added separately?

In Gear Deals » holiday sale at
November 28, 6:55pm

In defense of REI UL 45
I had the same problems as an above commentator until I took my REI UL 45 back to the store -- a young man with years of experience in Montana, where he spent the school years fit me with a Medium ...

In GEAR » REI UL 60 pack
November 28, 6:28pm

Check out the REI UL 45
IMO The REI UL 45 which is on sale weighs 2 lbs. 10 oz. and is a great mid weight pack which can be modified. I had looked at the Bora and Granite Gear packs but went for the REI and haven't looke...

In GEAR » Heavy pack, light gear (Bora 80 vs Mariposa)
November 28, 6:14pm

All Reader Reviews by b d

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Outdoor Products Hall Pass Day/O'Nite Pack
I picked up this pack for $20 US at a Big 5 to experiment with (Campmor has it listed at $14.99). The thought was to see if it would do for a day, a night, and a day camping trip. Here it is packed,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 29, 1:22pm

Gorillapod SLR
I rarely bother to review items I would not use or which deserve less than a 4, but this chain caught my eye. Owning a GorillaPod for SLRs I can't recommend it for a person trying to go UL. So I...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
January 27, 7:32pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
January 27, 6:30pm

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
I have been using the same piece of Reynolds aluminum foil for a windscreen and a food prep area for about 6 months, maybe 8 now. It held up well and is light weight. It is important to get the heav...

In Stoves - Other
January 26, 7:54pm

BMW Stealth 0 NANO (6x8) UL Tarp - 4.2 oz. Catenary Ridgeline
I don't think I could have found a better tarp to learn with and from. It is fragile compared to heavier fabric tarps, but it is precisely for that reason that it is a great learning tool This...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
January 26, 7:05pm

Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava
I entirely agree with Craig S.' review. I carry this item with me everywhere once the weather turns cool or cold. I wear it over or under my Mountain Hardwear Micro beanie, and both of them unde...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 26, 12:59pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
These are a real find. I was waiting for the BPL Gear Shop to get them back in stock and am glad I waited. My partner got a pair of gloves from another New Zealand supplier and although they are gre...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 23, 8:35pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Jacket (Women's)
This is a piece of gear my partner obtained. But, it also works for me. She got a large to wear over other items, and it fits me fine as well. It is well made and is warm, but not too hot in cold...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 23, 8:16pm

OR DryComp Summit Sack
A few short months ago I never thought I could use a frameless pack. But, testing out systems and hiking more, because my pack weight was going down as my familiarity and technique with gear and the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 21, 8:05pm

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
It has taken some time, and a lot of winter boredom, to get to trying out chemical water treatment systems -- goal: reduce weight w/o gagging on the water after treatment. So after studying here I fi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 21, 7:10pm