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Barry P (BarryP) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
About Me Electrical Engineer by trade. Hobbies include recumbent bike riding, magic, piano, music compostion and of course backpacking.

Backpack monthly with scouts or other small group. Love the exercise and alertness it brings. Ray Way caught my eye in 2001. My load lightened. Because of that, able to go faster, farther, AND still smell the roses. Love the lightweight insight on this forum. I'm also a Teva sandal backpacker. My feet love them.
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Re: bear spray AND gun used in bear encounter
I was just reading an article about bear spray in my printed edition: http://www.backpacker.com/february-march-2013the-truth-about-bears-the-skills/survival/17302 “The efficacy of spray vs. g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear spray AND gun used in bear encounter
August 01, 5:32pm

Re: Oh no... Another shoe question!
“ I got about 3-400 miles out of them …” “Before I pony up another $100 I'd like to hear what others with similar taste in footwear use and like.” I wasn’t going to answer becaus...

In GEAR » Oh no... Another shoe question!
July 31, 3:09pm

Re: What is your favorite UL solo alcohol cook system?
“Weight is definitely important, but so is efficiency and speed of the system. What have you found is a good balance? “ A lot of alcohol stoves don’t work well below freezing or require pr...

In GEAR » What is your favorite UL solo alcohol cook system?
July 31, 2:48pm

Re: O2 raingear vs DriDucks
“Are these essentially the same products? Is one more durable?” I have both. For durability, they both behave the same and wear slightly faster than your high end brands. However, if you’r...

In GEAR » O2 raingear vs DriDucks
July 17, 10:06am

Re: regarding silk or silkweight
Silk or synthetic? Like others noted, my synthetic way outlasted my silk--- is cheaper, warmer, dries faster, lighter, and smells less after a week. I use Terramar. The bottom is 3.9oz http://ww...

In GEAR » silkweight baselayers
July 15, 2:08pm

Re: Is a groundsheet really necessary?
“So long as I don't plan on camping on hard, rocky ground, and am careful with site selection, can I do away with it?” Yep. I haven’t had near that luck in the Rockies though (or Midwe...

In GEAR » Is a groundsheet really necessary?
July 15, 1:55pm

Re: Tarptent Virga
PM sent. Interested if Nate backs out. -Barry

In Gear Swap » WTB Tarptent Sublite, Contrail or similar
July 15, 1:04pm

Re: Double wide sleeping pad?
“What are some light weight option for double wide sleeping pads? “ I used the Thermarest Universal Couple Kit. However, I see today it has buckles. Mine does not. Mine is like a ribbon sewn...

In GEAR » Double wide sleeping pad?
July 01, 5:09pm

Re: Do you have an "original" Mountainsmith Ghost?
My ‘GHOST’ is more the brown/tannish one. How do you describe that color? The black came out later in Sierra Trading Post when Mountainsmith quit making the Ghosts. This is my son wearing it w...

In GEAR » Do you have an "original" Mountainsmith Ghost?
June 17, 11:50am

Re: water conundrum
“…Steripen that use will have to use a solar charger for anything longer than 4-5 days” Well, I would just bring spare lithium’s. That’s lighter. I’ve been keeping the opti in my bel...

In GEAR » water conundrum
June 12, 5:41pm

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