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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
CityPalo Alto
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://wunderwood.org/most_casual_observer/

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Hoover?
We had a week-long trek in the Hoover Wilderness in 2009. That is immediately north of Yosemite, and slightly lower altitude, maxes out below 10,000. Had a great time. The Emigrant Wilderness is th...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » CA destinations
February 06, 11:20pm

2010 Trek
When planning, our guys wanted everything that involved shooting and every peak. We did one peak and two kinds of shooting and they had a great trek. Personally, I was not that impressed with fi...

In Philmont » Which Camps/Programs did you enjoy the most?
February 06, 11:07pm

Footwear, Insulation
I wore Vasque Blur GTX trail runners (on the heavy end of that scale) at Philmont. I was upper end of the weight range at 6' 3" 240. If you have trekking poles, those provide more ankle...

In Philmont » Clothing - Please Check My List
February 06, 10:24pm

What I carried at Philmont
My pack was a Six Moon Designs Starlight, two pounds, 65 liters. The Philmont food is bulky, so a decent volume pack is useful. I took a NeoAir air mattress that I got used from an REI used gear...

In Philmont » Choosing my Philmont equipment, could use some advice
February 06, 10:14pm

Pack volume
I carried a Six Moon Designs Starlite, 65 liters, and filled it all the way up a couple of times. The food is bulky. Here is our initial four-day load for ten people. http://www.flickr.com/ph...

In Philmont » Philmont Backpacks
February 06, 10:07pm

Re: Re: Pack demo backpacks, have people try them on and guess the weight
I used the "light pack, heavy pack" method with a mixed group of Scouts and Scouters last Saturday and it was great. I packed two packs, one the way I packed five years ago, and one th...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Suggestions for ways to teach a ul course for scouts ?
January 10, 2:07pm

Floorless tents allowed?
Also in the 2011 Guidebook (page 32) under Hantavirus: "Do not sleep on the bare ground. Use tents with floors or good ground cloths." This is great, and is a change in the Guidebook....

In Philmont » Philmont Crew Tents
January 09, 3:58pm

Re: Re: Get a satellite phone
Two-way is really important. We helped another Scout group put out a single-tree wildfire in the Sierras. They called it in on their sat phone, then had to keep going because they were evac'ing...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backcountry Sat. Phone or SPOT
December 20, 9:13am

Re: Re: Lots of thoughts
Hmm, a multitool "could be useful"? That means "leave it at home". If you don't have a planned use for it or a known risk that it addresses, leave it at home. I've sp...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Critique my University of Scouting dissertation draft
December 04, 4:52pm

Before Grandma Gatewood
Nessmuk and Horace Kephart are both well before Grandma Gatewood. I have a couple of quotes that I used in my lightweight course before I cut it down. Kephart carefully documents his lightweight ki...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Critique my University of Scouting dissertation draft
December 03, 12:01am

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