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David Neumann (idahomtman) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Northern Idaho
About Me 47 year backpacker, former national Sierra Club backpack leader, school superintendent
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All Forum Posts by David Neumann

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Hells Canyon rim-to-rim
Great trip write-up and beautiful photos. I've spent significant time in the Seven Devils and looked at the canyon from the west side trails but never ventured down. Having floated part of the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Hells Canyon Rim to Rim
February 29, 8:15am

The Vortex of Fear
Great article. One of the best I've read on the PCT and, more importantly, the "vortex of fear." While it is reasonable to be cautious and listen, you have to analyze the experience o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole: The Vortex of Fear
January 26, 8:52am

Thunderstorm Jeff
I was under a tree at reflection lake (no reflection) during the storm. I agree on the toilet at Indian Bar. I visited with another backpacker who was surprised by a nice large bear whilst he sat o...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wonderland Trail info
August 27, 6:02pm

2009 Wonderland
I hiked the Wonderland Trail solo last summer beginning July 28 from White River Campground and finished on August 2nd. The weather was hot with one thunderstorm one afternoon. Other than the one s...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wonderland Trail info
August 22, 6:41pm

loop-lacing lock
Yes, the loop-lacing lock is what I mean by the marathon lacing system. I'm glad you had a picture because I have been thinking about how to explain the process in words... I really like the sy...

In GEAR » using custom orthotics: a question
March 31, 2:59pm

Re: using custom orthotics
I have custom orthotics which have a relatively slippery leather surface on top and I have not noticed any significant slippage. I wore them last summer on the Wonderland Trail with Montrail Contin...

In GEAR » using custom orthotics: a question
March 31, 10:04am

re: Summer insulating layer for mountains
Glacier can get cold and wet even in the summer. If you can get your hands on a BPL Cocoon UL60 Pullover you would have a good package and wouldn't have to deal with the possibility wet down. B...

In GEAR » Summer insulating layer for the mountains
March 20, 9:49am

I'll second for Mary Janes
I second Justin's recommendation for the Mary Janes. I live less than ten miles from her farm, have visited with Mary Jane several times, and have tried most of her meals and found them to be v...

In GEAR » Bad Experience with Mountain House Dinner?
March 19, 3:37pm

I have the Fibraplex poles for my Firstlight and I have another set for my OneShot. I have been satisfied with the quality of the poles, but I would second the need to be very careful and make sure...

In GEAR » Which carbon poles for a firstlight tent?
February 19, 12:42pm

Cognitive preparation
Thanks Brad for the great article. I have enjoyed reading the comments as well. Each environment and season has equipment requirements that will differ but the overall thesis of the article, I thin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Be Prepared, Not Equipped
January 27, 10:30am

All Reader Reviews by David Neumann

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Inov8 Flyroc 310
I've been wearing the Flyroc 310s for six months. I do use my Superfeet insoles which may take away some of the flexibility these shoes are known for but they work great for me. Light, good toe pr...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 13, 10:46am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have owned this pad for awhile but haven't used it until this weekend on a trip to Glacier Lake in Oregon. I broke a rib earlier this summer and needed some additional padding not provided by my...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 13, 10:05am

Nunatak Arc Specialist
For my first experience using a quilt, I was very impressed. I ordered this quilt in order to have more room because I like to sleep on my side and bring my legs up a little. Weighs only one pound and...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
August 13, 10:03am

Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr NANO Bivy Sack (Pertex Quantum)
Awesome is the only word to describe this piece of equipment. Had I not suffered a broken rib earlier this summer, I would have got to use this item of equipment earlier, but I spent a wonderful weeke...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 13, 10:00am

ZPacks Zilch
I just had a chance to use my new Zilch from ZPacks and found it to be a great value and I would give it a five if the closure held a little better. With a pad stuffed into the back pocket, I was not ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 13, 9:56am

Esbit stove and Esbit fuel cartridges Official brand...aus BRD
I have had reasonable success with the Esbit stove and fuel if I use a wind screen and a decent lid on the pot. I have also found the residue and odor to be somewhat unpleasant. I purchased a beer can...

In Stoves - Other
June 15, 10:53pm

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
Smells nice, works when there aren't too many mosquitoes around. Doesn't cut it for really bad bugs. Really, I've been using 100% DEET for over 35 years and I am okay; both physically and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 25, 9:07am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I love this pad. It is lightweight and provides reasonable comfort. It works for my 5'10" frame provided I used my pack and other items for padding under my legs. I have used it successfully ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 12:54pm

Pentax Optio WP
Just received my new Optio W20 purchased through Mine weights 5.4 ounces with the battery and card installed. Nice package, light weight, compact and, so far at least, excellent picture qu...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
April 24, 8:45am

Suunto Vector
I've had mine for two years and it has lived up to my expectations. It is large but once you wear it awhile you will get used to it. The watchband has been fine and looks as good as new. My only c...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
April 10, 10:34pm