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Games and sticks
Here's two books that have ideas for kids - we've used the stick book with our grandkids. Most of those things need string in addition to sticks - not too much weight to carry. I haven'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas for UL Activities When Hiking with Your kids
November 10, 12:25pm

re: Re: Tough call!
Good grief, Jennifer - that's the same thing I experienced, only it was the right shoulder, right on the collarbone! It was really irritating!

In GEAR » Ospery Atmos 65 or ULA Catalyst?
November 08, 4:02pm

Catalyst over Atmos
I tried both the Catalyst and the Atmos, and went with the Catalyst. While the Atmos was comfortable, the Catalyst was lighter and more comfortable. Plus the Catalyst could hold my bear cannister w...

In GEAR » Ospery Atmos 65 or ULA Catalyst?
November 08, 12:06am

Stew or Soup Base
Chicken bouillon powder makes a decent fish stew base or poaching liquid.I usually add some garlic powder and dried herbs to improve the flavor. I hadn't thought about a trout chowder, but ...

In Fishing » Cooking Trout
November 07, 10:45am

re: simple code of conduct
"PUX has a two rules: 1. Be nice 2. No discussion of the 3 G's (God, guns, and government)" Now there's a good set of rules! Covers everything, and doesn't get compli...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL wants input on proposed forum code of conduct
November 04, 9:39am

re: giardia transmission
Buck sez: "There have been several studies showing a link between untreated water from lakes and streams and giardiasis. I don't know of any showing a DIRECT link between dirty backpacker...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 02, 11:54am

tripod bike
They also make tripod bikes - call 'em three wheelers. Either two wheels in back, one in front, or one wheel in back and two in front. The best ones are recumbents. Put a camera mount on the ha...

In GEAR » Would you carry a tripod on a bike tour?
November 01, 3:25pm

re: Re: Re: Re: S Calif: San Gorgonio Wilderness Backpacking
Nice job, Jim! I read it yesterday. Given the fire on San Jacinto, I've been thinking I needed to do more on San Gorgonio next summer. I'm sure I'm not the only one! Hopefully your guid...

In Pre-Trip Planning » S Calif: San Gorgonio Wilderness Backpacking
October 31, 3:28pm

Re: Expensive windshirts vs cheap ones
For decades I used cheap windbreakers, usually from places I worked. My only requirement of them was the "Darth Vader" breath test above. They all worked, to one degree or another. But...

In GEAR » Expensive windshirts vs cheap ones
October 31, 10:50am

Re: Introverts and recorders
Hmmm. As another 100% introvert, I can't imagine myself talking on a recorder, or listening to myself again afterwards. I go to the hills to escape voices, and to record them.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 28, 11:29pm

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am