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Barry P (BarryP) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
About Me Electrical Engineer by trade. Hobbies include recumbent bike riding, magic, piano, music compostion and of course backpacking.

Backpack monthly with scouts or other small group. Love the exercise and alertness it brings. Ray Way caught my eye in 2001. My load lightened. Because of that, able to go faster, farther, AND still smell the roses. Love the lightweight insight on this forum. I'm also a Teva sandal backpacker. My feet love them.
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Re: How do you save money and live a simple life?
“The statements about buying a hybrid and how it will become cost effective over time is false.” OK, people are stepping on toes here. In the end, an old beater will cost the same or more...

In Chaff » How do you save money and live a simple life?
August 02, 2:54pm

Re: time to develop plantar fasciitis?
“Any particular relaxing pose to take for the next 5 days?” When it starts hurting, point your toes straight up until the pain dims. Some other pointers: Make sure your shoe arch is smac...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » time to develop plantar fasciitis?
July 22, 5:53pm

Re: How do you save money and live a simple life?
Fun topic. Great ideas. A lot I do: No cable TV. Use broadcast TV. No internet. I use community wireless. Cheapest cell phone plan Summer thermostat set to 83°. Shirt and shorts are comforta...

In Chaff » How do you save money and live a simple life?
July 22, 5:42pm

bleach and Re: Re: 1 liter bottles
Ben, You said “3. Treat water with household chlorine bleach (3 drops per 16oz (half liter)) -- wait 30 minutes to kill viruses and bacteria. The cost of chlorine drops is near zero!” I was...

In GEAR » conserving ClO2 tablets
June 23, 2:59pm

Re: Cooking System for 4
“What stove / pot system do you use to cook for a family of 4 in the backcountry?” I have 5 kids. Three are married now and I now have 5 grandkids. Anytime our family went backpacking, I ne...

In GEAR » Cooking System for 4
June 23, 2:03pm

Re: Small AM/FM and FM Radios
Dale, I have been testing the radio for a week. I like its attributes: 1. One AA battery; same battery as gps and flashlight. 2. Battery lasts 100 hours. So I don’t have to worry about spare b...

In Gear Swap » Small AM/FM and FM Radios
June 21, 7:53am

Re: best sandal for urban distance walking?
I’ve spent several weeks in Spain (central, eastern, and southern) A sandal with a good cushy heel and a well-centered arch goes a long way. My wife and I have tried the Chaco Z2. We could ne...

In GEAR » best sandal for urban distance walking?
June 09, 11:11am

Re: Small AM/FM and FM Radios
Hello Dale. I'll take the "Sony SRF-39 analog AM/FM radio. 3.4oz with one AA battery. Belt clip, DX/local switch." PM Sent. -Barry

In Gear Swap » Small AM/FM and FM Radios
June 09, 9:28am

Re: group backpacking gear
Sorry for late response, and back to the original question. STOVES: A few times I have fed 3 families (total of 12) off of 2 alcy stoves: a Titan Kettle and a 3C pan. Using shifts, they were al...

In GEAR » group backpacking gear
May 06, 4:10pm

Re: What Towel Do You Use?
I wonder about their care instructions “1. Machine washable under delicate and keep dry when possible” I use my towel (holey car shammy from walmart) as my sweat grabber in the back of my pa...

In GEAR » What Towel Do You Use?
April 28, 12:57pm

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