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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).

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All Forum Posts by Jim W.

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Re: Jetboil Bad Igniters?
Failure of the igniter does not put the stove into doorstop mode. If the stove were to completely fail (or you run out of fuel), the pot (without cozy) can be used over a wood fire. Three rocks a...

In Gear Deals » Jetboil Sol Ti cheap $119.99 before coupon
January 31, 3:57pm

Re: Deep Freeze: A Cold, Hard Look at Winter Stoves
Great report! (Just a little late for the TWO new stoves I bought last month). I appreciate real-world, but still controlled testing. I don't really care how well stoves work at 70 degrees- ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Deep Freeze: A Cold, Hard Look at Winter Stoves
January 31, 3:23pm

Hexamid clean pitch
I have a three-sided 'mid that pitches perfectly every time- flat ground, bumpy ground, it doesn't care. Just like a three-legged stool can't wobble. I think you could do the same wit...

In Make Your Own Gear » forming the "peak" of a mid
January 31, 12:35pm

JMT Water Quality
The dirty little secret that the Forest Service won't tell you... You can drink the water. Just don't shake hands or share food with another hiker. I'm over simplifying, but exte...

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT logistics questions.
January 31, 12:24pm

Re: North Lake - JMT - South Lake
I can happily walk for 12 hours down the trail, or just as happily spend the day in a flower field soaking up the sun. There are so many beautiful little tarns, grottos, canyons, etc. in the Sierr...

In Pre-Trip Planning » North Lake - JMT - South Lake
January 31, 11:51am

Re: forming the "peak" of a mid
Fabric stretches differently in the lengthwise (warp), crosswise (weft) and diagonal directions. Your "oragami" design might suffer from having the fabric oriented differently on differe...

In Make Your Own Gear » forming the "peak" of a mid
January 31, 11:44am

See-through bear can
Talking with BV owners they like the clear canister. It lets them find food items more easily.

In GEAR » Bearikade Expedition MKII / Outsak UL / Bear Vault BV500
January 30, 9:56pm

Wrong Craig
Sorry, wrong Craig.

In GEAR » Perimeter netting on mids/teepees?
January 30, 9:49pm

Re: Perimeter netting on mids/teepees?
Craig (First- Thanks for the dry bags. They arrived today) I have two 'mids. (BD Megalite & an Oware 3-sided) Still trying to decide whether to put a mesh skirt on one. Reports are th...

In GEAR » Perimeter netting on mids/teepees?
January 30, 9:23pm

Bear can plus Ursack
I'll admit to using a can plus a Ursack. We tried to put things in the bag that had the least chance of either attracting or giving a reward to bears- dry pasta, etc. As soon as the bear cans...

In GEAR » Bearikade Expedition MKII / Outsak UL / Bear Vault BV500
January 30, 8:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm