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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

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All Forum Posts by Rick Dreher

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Re: Easy overnight near Sacramento
Twin-Island lakes are a pretty destination. Lyons Creek headed towards Maude and Lyons lakes is nice too. Desolation will be crowded the next two weekends, though. Off I-80 are the N. Fork Amer...

In Post-Trip Reports » Easy overnight near Sacramento
August 26, 5:11pm

Re: Old stove?
You're scaring me here, Bob. :-) I don't have the collection but I have at least one MSR newsletter stashed somewhere. IIRC it includes a rant against the NPS burning down all the backcount...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Old stove?
August 26, 4:23pm

Re: why multi-staging with steri?
No compelling reason as far as I know. You can use a larger container and run multiple cycles if you can ensure you've stirred properly and have adequate contact time with all the water. This w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Filter vs Steripen
August 26, 2:37pm

Re: Old stove?
Still have my Optimus 8R. $11 at REI. Svea wasn't "manly" enough for some reason, and I instead went for the hearty steel box and internal cleaning needle. I confess it never once fai...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Old stove?
August 26, 2:32pm

Re: First need
Thanks for the clarification Larry. Yup, the First Need is very effective and really big and heavy. I'm betting you'll love your Sawyer system. My sole tip: clear all the air out of the con...

In GEAR » Another water filter thread...
August 26, 12:35pm

Re: Why scrub instead of backwashing?
Hi Larry, To my knowledge, the only filter medium intended for scrubbing is ceramic, where you use an abrasive pad to remove the contamination along with the outer ceramic layer. Certain pleated...

In GEAR » Another water filter thread...
August 26, 11:55am

Re: Sleeping Pad advice
I'm in season three with a NeoAir and still like it better than my several others (POE Insulmat, BA insulated Air Core, various t-rest self-inflators, plain ol' foam). They're about to ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad advice
August 26, 11:03am

Re: "Pancake" Zooms?
And here it is. http://dpreview.com/previews/panasonic_x_14-42_3p5-5p6/ While targeting the video-centric shooter, if it's as sharp as Panny implies it will be a very attractive compact z...

In Photography » "Pancake" Zooms?
August 26, 10:53am

Re: Candle Lantern brass Early Winters - need repair/parts
Hi Kathleen, Collector's item! Check with the maker, UCO. http://candlelantern.com/ Cheers, Rick

In GEAR » Candle Lantern brass Early Winters - need repair/parts
August 25, 3:28pm

Re: Another water filter thread...
Hi Ryan, A minor point: the Hiker pumps in both stroke directions. You might consider a DIY carbon stage, as it would 1. greatly increase your options and 2. allow you to size it for greater ...

In GEAR » Another water filter thread...
August 25, 10:02am

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

Backcountrygear.com
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