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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Re: Have a tarp. Now what about the bugs
Not mine, Jim- Just an Equinox sil tarp, standard 10x12 rectangle.

In GEAR » Have a tarp. Now what about the bugs?
June 19, 11:31am

Re: Iffy Weather - Would you go?
I pretty much plan on having thunderstorms every trip. If you pack and plan accordingly, it's no big deal. Like many who start young, I've just always gone out... weather happens. Family, w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Iffy Weather - Would you go?
June 19, 9:57am

Re: Tarp size question
5x__ stinks, def. not 2 people. 8 x 10 much better. I'm guessing you mention the 5x because he could eliminate a seam, but it's not worth it. Just add a single center seam.

In Make Your Own Gear » Tarp size question
June 19, 9:39am

Re: Have a tarp. Now what about the bugs?
Places I hike, bugs are always bad. We joke about hummingbird-sized mosquitos. Biting flies can be horrid. Deet, long clothes, & a headnet only go so far. Most of us go out for the fun of it; s...

In GEAR » Have a tarp. Now what about the bugs?
June 19, 9:33am

Re: Sleeping Pad Failure - Part 2 - What Now?
Good sleep = happy partners Get your wife a down-insulated air mattress. Thick, cushy, warm... just 'bout good as a bed. I'd point out that in the failure of inflatable pads, it is us...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad Failure - Part 2 - What Now?
June 18, 2:36pm

Re: Advice for Neophyte ULer: If you did it all over again?
This doesn't address your specific gear questions, but does answer your broader question. Buy a cheap digital scale... to the tenth of a gram amuses me, because it reinforces the concept of ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Advice for Neophyte ULer: If you did it all over again?
June 17, 9:50am

Re: Re: 1 oz. grill"
Seems like food would really stick to the cable?

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 oz. grill
June 17, 9:43am

Re: Flying Squirels Attack
I've had squirrels and raccoons jump onto hung food bags. When I was quite young, we had major raccoon problems at a camp. My buddy and I shoved some ferns under the rope on the bag, so that wh...

In GEAR » Flying Squirels Attack
June 17, 9:40am

Re: Full circle?
You know, Dean, I think finding balance between the aesthetic and the practical. I only needed one truly miserable time to convince me that maybe I could still go with a clean, light aesthetic b...

In GEAR » What knife do you carry backpacking?
June 17, 9:29am

Re: Sleeping Pad Failure - poll
I haven't had an inflatable pad fail in ~24 years. Most use has been with 2 thermarests. More recently added the Exped Downmats, NeoAir, etc. No problems with any, ever. Edit: Meant to add, ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad Failure - poll
June 17, 9:21am

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