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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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Re: Re: Energy Tea
The yerbe mate that you get should be ordered from someone who states it is the "energy" type from south america. There are some that don't produce much kick, others have had me craw...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Energy Tea
January 15, 5:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Northern Lites Snowshoes: 25" or 30"?
I think you will love them, based on my experience -- even if a smaller shoe might work sometimes, you can always get a much cheaper pair of shoes that are shorter and heavier than the 30" Nor...

In Winter Hiking » Northern Lites Snowshoes: 25" or 30"?
January 15, 5:29pm

Re: alternative to firelite 500
I am frustrated here, tried to post before and lost a comment. Oh well, Brett: Dittos on the MSR. Bill F.: The new or different frame is cool. Can you post about it? I have bought a UL ...

In GEAR » Got my Firelite 500 today..1st impressions
January 14, 8:04pm

Re: Anyone know where to buy mini-cord locks?
It is the kind of item I would like the BPL Gear Shop to carry ... if it makes sense businesswise. bd

In GEAR » Anyone know where to buy mini-cord locks?
January 14, 7:13pm

Re: alternative to firelite 500
Brett -- Agree about the MSR. Also noted the stove in Bill's post. It is similar to what I have been experimenting with for a wood stove. It works so far, but Bill's version is better tha...

In GEAR » Got my Firelite 500 today..1st impressions
January 14, 7:07pm

UL Texas Hold'em Tourny(s)
How about a Texas Hold'em tournament style event, held in the outdoors, using the UL decks from the BPL Gear Shop and pebbles and pine needles or twigs for chips? With the prize being a tent o...

In Other Activities » UL Texas Hold'em Tourny(s)
January 14, 3:27pm

Re: Monsterpod and Gorillapod tripods
I don't think the Monsterpod is the same as the Gorillapod. My partner got me a Gorillapod for SLR's, weighing 5.5 oz. for xmas and it works great with a Nikon D50 and 28 x 200 mm autofocu...

In GEAR » Monsterpod for cameras--sticks to anything
January 14, 1:47pm

Re: Re: 10-22mm
Hadn't seen this thread ... but would add a thought. The disposable cameras, film, are an option depending on how many pictures you take and the reasons. Having a am-pro set up ... I neve...

In Photography » Film or Digital
January 13, 2:04pm

Re: The effects of temperature on combustion...
Joshua -- you are correct, the tab burned faster because it was consumed in less time than when it is in the open air. Never thought of that. bd

In Make Your Own Gear » Looking for small stainless steel or titanium containers
January 13, 1:17pm

Re: Cuben Pack Bag - 2.54 ounces
Total awe. speechless wonder ... there needs to be an award for this kind of stuff. bd

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Pack Bag - 2.54 ounces
January 13, 1:05pm

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