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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: Favorite Season To Hit The Trail
I'll vote for the stretch beginning one hour after the last mosquito dies to the first snowfall that won't melt until next year. Yup, fall is great. I don't especially like the short...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Favorite Season To Hit The Trail
August 02, 9:04pm

Re: Sawyer filter: does it ever need replacement?
Hi Casey, It is field-backflushable and so long as it's not too badly clogged I presume it will soldier on for a long time. Filtering, say, glacier flour from the slopes of Rainier or Colora...

In GEAR » Sawyer filter: does it ever need replacement?
August 02, 4:11pm

Re: Desolation Wilderness Zones and Trailheads
IMHO the best Desolation launch spot is Wright's Lake--many trails and many zones accessible from there. So long as you're not leaving on Saturday you should be able to get a permit for whe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desolation Wilderness Zones and Trailheads
August 02, 12:31am

Re: Australia may not have grizzlies, but . . .
Hmmm, I think I'll start carrying a broom for self-protection. One tough lady, that's for sure! cheers, Rick

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Australia may not have grizzlies, but . . .
August 01, 12:07pm

Re: Thermarest Neo, but is it "The One"?
Hi James, The Neos aren't for everyone but I've been using one three seasons now and really like it. It's certainly more comfortable than a Zlite. Are there options? Yes, but noth...

In GEAR » Thermarest Neo, but is it "The One"?
July 27, 5:08pm

Re: ACR ResQLink 406
Hi Bob, I suppose it's part of tbe business model, since they're not selling all their users subscriptions, but IIRC both ACR and McMurdo battery replacement is pretty expensive, and not...

In GEAR » SPOT vs PLB (now that prices have changed)
July 22, 5:49pm

Re: ACR ResQLink 406
Sweet, these are certainly headed in the right direction (lighter, cheaper, simpler). I don't suppose we're allowed to change our own batteries yet? Couldn't tell from the available mat...

In GEAR » SPOT vs PLB (now that prices have changed)
July 22, 4:39pm

Re: SeaBear Smoked Salmon Super Discount
Awesome, I tote their packaged fish all the time and construct many meals around it. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Rick

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » SeaBear Smoked Salmon Super Discount
July 20, 9:51pm

Re: updated reviews?
I'm not clear on what battery the red curve indicates. Our test results with alkaline, lithium disposable and NiMH are in the article graph, here. The alkaline and NiMH traces don't cross u...

In GEAR » Petzl Core
July 12, 11:30pm

Re: updated reviews?
I can answer a couple of your questions. Brightness at 100% is comparable to other batteries, the output of course, depending on how you've programmed it. In the field there's simply no...

In GEAR » Petzl Core
July 12, 10:35am

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