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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: Cold sleeper - what to do?
A lot of good tips here. For food, I would say protein for supper is a big help since it burns longer. Also for you neoair, make sure it’s pumped up solid/hard; that’s when its R value is at it...

In GEAR » Cold sleeper - what to do?
March 10, 12:40pm

Re: Anker 3200mAh "Lipstick" Battery - Record Low Price on Amazon
Yes. These are great for a day. The only thing that drives me crazy about them is after 3 days, they lose half their capacity! I.e., they have a high self-discharge rate. I wish there were some th...

In Gear Deals » Anker 3200mAh "Lipstick" Battery - Record Low Price on Amazon
March 05, 4:37pm

Re: therm-a-rest z lite sol sleeping pad
The nice thing about the regular zlite is: 1. Nothing to puncture 2. Relatively light weight 3. Fold it over for torso size and the doubled height is actually quite comfortable. 4. Saves your b...

In GEAR » therm-a-rest z lite sol sleeping pad
February 27, 1:02pm

Re: No more cheap puffies?? :-(
“Where have all the cheap puffies gone?” We have seen some good light down ones at TJ Maxx in the $40 range; in the store; not on their website. And these came with stuff bags. The coat had ...

In Gear Deals » No more cheap puffies?? :-(
February 27, 12:41pm

Re: Alcohol Solo Cook Set (Best and Lightest)
Good discussion. As someone said above “Best is relative” My criteria : 1. Operate at sea level and 2. At 0F and 3. I don’t want to mess with wicking Most alcy stoves don’t fit all...

In GEAR » Alcohol Solo Cook Set (Best and Lightest)
February 24, 4:15pm

Re: REI Winter Sale
Well for a winter sale, I got sandals :) --- my teva terra fi 4 for half price ($50). The spider rubber wears down on me between 200-500 miles depending on terrain. Thanx for the heads up!

In Gear Deals » REI Winter Sale
February 17, 1:26pm

Re: Wanted: Backpack and Sleeping Pad
Welcome to the forum! “…and hopefully a sleeping pad.” http://www.campmor.com/Product___40349 For a limited time at Campmor, the Thermarest Neoair Venture (Irregular) is on sale for $...

In Gear Swap » Wanted: Backpack and Sleeping Pad
February 13, 12:41pm

Re: 3-4 day hike in Rockies
So that I don’t have to get permits and use bear canisters, I hike loops through the Tetons and camp right outside the boundaries. A favorite loop is start at the Alaska Basin trailhead (on the I...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3-4 day hike in Rockies
January 28, 1:07pm

Re: Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
Down to 30F I use wool socks. Below 30, I then pull on WM down booties. -Barry

In GEAR » Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
January 20, 12:41pm

Re: Rayon, poly or nylon for liner socks?
“Any thoughts or suggestions?” Socks are probably my most experimented-with commodity. My rule of thumb is: wash them. Let them air dry. Whichever dries first are the ones I use backpacking....

In GEAR » Rayon, poly or nylon for liner socks?
January 12, 2:15pm

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