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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: thanks
FYI- no issues with chlorine dioxide tablets such as Aqua Mira. Iodine-yes, but not Chlorine dioxide. Aqua Mira is great- simple, cheap, and really, really light. I've read a lot about it a...

In Gear Lists » New to the UL community, would like some critique on my current gear
March 28, 6:38pm

Re: thanks
Hi Michael, Yes- you've got a good start here but it won't really tell you everything until it has everything. What I do is pick a certain trip (maybe one that's typical for my ar...

In Gear Lists » New to the UL community, would like some critique on my current gear
March 28, 6:33pm

Re: The search for the ultimate hat is over
LOVE this!!!

In Chaff » The search for the ultimate hat is over
February 18, 7:48am

Re: Re: Trail runners should be banned from trails
It's not boot wearers or trail runners that are to blame, it's the naked hippy barefoot freakos. And those that hike in those freako foot look-alike rubber barefoot shoes. They...

In Chaff » Trail runners should be banned from trails
February 01, 9:12pm

Re: Re: VBL
Vapor Barrier experimentation is fascinating. RBH Designs is a great place to start: http://www.rbhdesigns.com/index.cfm I have a pair of RBH VB socks that I wear with Gore Tex running shoes fo...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 28, 4:59pm

Re: Single Walls in the PNW
Re: eVent "tent"- yes, bivy is the correct term. But these are very "tent-like": Rab eVent bivy: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/2007_rab_summit_ext...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 27, 6:23pm

Re: down in PNW
Rhonda- no the silk is not a vb- in fact it's quite breathable. To imagine a vapor barrier think silnylon, cuben, or plastic bag. All silk does from what I understand is keep your bag clean a...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 27, 6:22pm

Single Walls in the PNW
Regarding single wall tents in the PNW: I live in Washington and spend 90% of my backpacking here. I spend about 75% of those nights in single wall tents (Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic,...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 26, 6:25pm

Re: Re: Down in the PNW
Not heavy, not bulky. That's what I use, combined with Cocoon jacket and pants. I love the stuff. You are right that we have lovely weather! I think you may be implying that the mist ...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 25, 7:05am

Re: Re: Down in the PNW
I've done extensive backpacking year-round in Washington and I agree with many of the above posts- down is a viable choice in our climate. Here are some caveats: - You have to be aware of w...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 24, 6:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm