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Re: My guide on packing light for an overnight winter backcountry hut trip
WHAT? BPL has become a literary society? Eleven replies concerned with style and hardly a hint about content? I'll start, not much to quibble about but ... no emergency shelter for the e...

In Gear Lists » My guide on packing light for an overnight winter backcountry hut trip
April 02, 3:12pm

Re: WTB: 30" Snow shoes with Televator
Stephen, you got a real bargain! I'm finding it hard to resist picking those up. I'm curious about the purchase though. I'm assuming this grew out of the experience you hinted at ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: 30" Snow shoes with Televator
April 01, 4:45pm

Re: Wintery April in MN
I've been told that the far north has a lot of snow right now, potentially upwards of 50". Here's the best source of modeled snow depth I know about. Updated at least daily and mo...

In Gear Lists » Wintery April in MN
March 30, 3:16pm

Re: Wintery April in MN
Eli, Do you have at least a moderate amount of experience with your footwear on snowshoes during warmish days and nights below freezing? I'm not on the minimalist footwear bandwagon but d...

In Gear Lists » Wintery April in MN
March 30, 12:32pm

Re: Cash out your dividend
You can cash out your dividend in July. WHAT? Wait until July to get new gear? YOU are to BPL what the Grinch is to Christmas! he-he

In GEAR » Most important gear item
March 28, 9:37pm

Re: WTB: 30" Snow shoes with Televator
Amazon has MSR Lightning Ascent 25's for $135 and 30's for $150 Also Lightning Axis 25's for $120 Photo shows televators but text ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: 30" Snow shoes with Televator
March 26, 8:49pm

Re: Gear swap needs a disclaimer
In one week a few months ago I managed to go from owning one tent to three. Around here we call that a good start! ... he-he Next step? Replace tent(s) with tarp(s)

In Gear Swap » Gear swap needs a disclaimer
March 26, 8:28pm

Re: 20% off THREE items
Oh great!??? Now I'm gonna be spending the rest of today looking for THREE things REI sells that I want. Well, maybe not ... dividend is quite small ... divided three ways it might buy a p...

In Gear Deals » REI Coupon?
March 24, 9:41am

Re: declination scale vs. adjustable
In Zimbabwe I found the N-S thing more confusing at times than driving on the wrong side An acquaintance who moved to the US from Australia reported the same thing ... could never get east/west ...

In GEAR » question on compass
March 22, 7:12pm

Re: Sleep socks
Vb and over boots are a viable system and work well with ski boots too, although you can usually leave the over boots off for skiing since ski boots tend to be more insulated. (Except in extreme co...

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Snow Trekking Gear List
March 19, 10:05pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim Colten

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My entry into the world of tarping was with Hernry's orginal squall. Later that year the Cloudburst was introduced. I contacted him about an idea of converting my squall to use an arched front p...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 30, 11:04am
1) good products 2) friendly and useful help before ans after sale 3) great customer service I'd rate Thru-Hiker a 6 if that was an option

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 01, 8:10am

Minibull Designs Pocket Puck
Hector, I had similar experience .... but only the first time I lit it. Since then I've been giving the pocket puck about 15-30 seconds more warmup time and it has always stayed lit. There is a...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 16, 6:04am