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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northernish California
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All Forum Posts by Rick Dreher

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Re: Armed fires
Matt, you are a man to be reckoned with. You are hereby awarded this thread and the Internets for one day. Cheers, Rick

In GEAR » Solo Wilderness Security
August 30, 11:56am

Re: Camelbak Elixir
I think that's right, and it's surely not going to launch bacteria battalions. I'm just a fussbudget when it comes to this sort of thing, and can usually taste teensy amounts of flavori...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink mixes for hot weather
August 30, 11:52am

Re: "glove" like footwear for cycling?
First thing--there's no single solution for hot and cold weather and you'll need a two-season strategy. For summer I have a pair of Keene spd-compatible sandals that work great. They have t...

In Multiple Use Gear » "glove" like footwear for cycling?
August 30, 11:25am

Re: Camelbak Elixir
I'm with you, the green Elixir is just about right. I also like emergencyC. Can't adequately describe how disappointed I was when I tried NUUN. Nasty stuff. YMMV. p.s. I only mix this so...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink mixes for hot weather
August 30, 11:14am

Re: msr reply
I think in the case of products that emit flame, an upgrade scheme for user implementation sounds like a path straight to the courtroom. I'm willing to bet MSR stoves hold a good deal of their ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MSR Whisperlite gas cartridge modification?
August 29, 4:36pm

Re: battery life
All sorts of things consume power--the displays, the shutter, the auto focus, the flash--how they divvy up on a particular camera is almost impossible to say. The CIPA score should be taken less as...

In Photography » NEX EVF
August 29, 4:25pm

Re:MSR Whisperlite gas cartridge modification?
Uh, conceptually it shouldn't differ much from the Primus and Coleman equivalents but swapping in the hose sounds pretty kludgy. The jet should work as is. But I'm among those who think ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MSR Whisperlite gas cartridge modification?
August 29, 4:07pm

Re: To Steripen users...
Hi Bryan, If I follow the guidance correctly, you're supposed to put the cap on loosely then invert and rinse out the threads with treated water. Alternatively you can pour the water in u...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 29, 2:29pm

Re: nalgene canteen hydration bladder for steripen users
Good system! I use 2 and 3L Cantenes with a UV Aquastar, which screws on and can be inverted, which improves agitation compared to stirring, but I think both approaches work. Cheers, Rick

In Make Your Own Gear » nalgene canteen hydration bladder for steripen users
August 27, 8:07pm

Re: Easy overnight near Sacramento
Island Lake, taken from the north. Cheers, Rick

In Post-Trip Reports » Easy overnight near Sacramento
August 27, 1:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Rick Dreher

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Mountain Gear
I've placed a few orders with Mountain Gear, going as far back as when they were based in Idaho, and they've responded flawlessly each time. I admire the breadth and high quality of their sele...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 15, 2:03pm
I have to put in a plug for these folks, with whom I've shopped on line and over the phone, and who also have a store in soggy Eugene, Oregon. They have a great backpacking and climbing selection f...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:47pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
As another Seattle kid who loved few things more than pilgrammages to the Capitol Hill store, I still associate the smell of cresote with hiking gear. It's hard to imagine backpacking without REI. ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:22pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I upgraded to the Micro Puff pullover after several seasons with the old Puffball pullover. Lighter, warmer, stuffs smaller--the Micro Puff is an all-around improvement to what was already a fine garm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 12, 12:53pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Noting the shape isn't the most efficient for squeezing every btu from the stove, the MSR kettle remains a very good single-pot option. It packs nicely, works well with small to medium stoves, pours w...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 12:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
I find the Whisperlite to be MSR's easiest liquid stove to use, and certainly the nicest to lug, bulk and weight-wise. Simmering performance is best with a light touch on the fuel pump--try using l...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 20, 11:46am

Golite Hex 3
I've used a Hex 2, the 3's somewhat smaller brother, with good success for a few seasons. The quarters are a little snug for six-footers, but it's a minor concern. My main complaint is that the ventil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 28, 8:43pm