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James Patsalides ( - 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.
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All Forum Posts by James Patsalides

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RE: Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
@MODERATOR: Totally understand if you want to move this to CHAFF... ;-) @Michael: What an interesting story. Thanks for publishing it. Does it make those scientists at UEA look like idiots...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
November 25, 7:59am

FS: Keen Targhee II Mids
I hate REI... I guess I'll just keep 'em, since I paid $125 at REI. ;-(

In Gear Swap » FS: Keen Targhee II Mids
November 24, 10:04pm

FS: Keen Targhee II Mids
1 pair mens Keen Targhee II Mids in WALNUT/ORION BLUE colors (waterproof version) with nice new red laces, size 10 (US). Used once. No box. Perfect. $100 shipped CONUS. PM me for photos, payment me...

In Gear Swap » FS: Keen Targhee II Mids
November 24, 2:36pm

FS: Marmot Precip Men's M
Marmot precip rain jacket, men's M in forest green. Used a couple of times but in perfect condiition. $75 shipped. PM for photos, payment details etc.

In Gear Swap » Marmot Precip Men's L
November 24, 2:33pm

Scales from Williams Sonoma
Got mine in the kitchen store on clearance for ~$25 (missing box or instructions). They have a nice system to calibrate and zero the scales, large flat weighing area and are accurate to 1/100 oz. H...

In GEAR » Scales for weighing gear and where to get them
November 24, 1:25pm

RE: Where to get Driducks?
Both my local Sports Authority and Dick's Sporting Goods had them in their camping sections in the fall. I saw them in Sports Authority just last week on clearance at ~$11, but only in brown! ...

In GEAR » Where to get Driducks?
November 24, 12:32pm

Lightweight Camera Tripod?
Has anyone built an SUL camera tripod? Needs to support ~1.5lbs, have some kind of leveling mechanism and be stable enough to use on uneven surfaces. I was thinking trekking poles + one CF pole? Id...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lightweight Camera Tripod?
November 24, 7:56am

Re: Lumix GF1
Guys: Thanks! Didn't want to start a war... ;-) I understand the limitations of my Lumix GF1 choice, but in doing the trade off between simplicity, quality, weight, flexibility etc, I conclud...

In Photography » Advice Needed: Canon XSi w/2 lenses vs Lumix GF1 w/1?
November 23, 8:06pm

Re: Educate me about base weight
Base weight = gear weight (not including consumables, food, water, fuel). Skin out weight = base weight + weight of clothes/gear carried. My (personal) formula is total = (base + 1.5lbs food/fu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Educate me about base weight.
November 23, 7:30pm

Lumix GF1 it is!
@Rick: Thanks for the balanced perspective. Very helpful. I was leaning toward the GF1, simply because it is smaller and lighter and I could see myself actually bringing it into the backcountry, ...

In Photography » Advice Needed: Canon XSi w/2 lenses vs Lumix GF1 w/1?
November 19, 7:26pm

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