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Will Rietveld (WilliWabbit) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southwest Colorado
About Me Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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All Forum Posts by Will Rietveld

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Removing Pitch
Try Goo-Gone, its a citrus cleaner and wroks great. Also works to remove pitch from clothing, etc. Purchase at a grocery or hardware store.

In GEAR » Cleaning a silnylon tent
June 19, 7:24am

Fixed Length Poles with Gatewood Cape
Dylan, I just got back from a trip where I used my CF poles with the Gatewood. Mine are 130 cm too. I did it successfully two ways. The first way was to wrap and frap a cord around the grips an...

In Photo Gallery » Gatewood Cape photos
May 18, 11:09am

FS: Fanatic Fringe Thompson Peak Pack
Like-new Thompson Peak frameless backpack in size Large, without hipbelt. Capacity is 3600 cubic inches, weight is 9.4 ounces. Color is blue/black. Cost new is $69, sell for $45 plus shipping. M...

In Gear Swap » FS: Fanatic Fringe Thompson Peak Pack
May 13, 6:30pm

FS: Kovea Camp 3 Titanium Stove
The Kovea Camp 3 canister stove is identical to the Markill Peak Ignition. Its made of titanium and has a piezo igniter. Weight is 3 oz. The stove is like new, has boiled around 12 quarts of water....

In Gear Swap » FS: Kovea Camp 3 Titanium Stove
May 13, 2:31pm

Hexagon or Seedhouse
Hi Jordan, I would choose the Seedhouse over the Hexagon. The Hex is definitely lighter, but less roomy because the sides drape in (see my recent review). I assume you read the recently publish...

In GEAR » Which DW tent would you choose?
April 29, 7:28am

SUL Packs
You might also have a look at the Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail pack. For 2 oz more you get the more durable fabric you want and mesh side pockets. IMHO you don't need to switch to the more padde...

In GEAR » SUL backpacks
April 21, 8:14am

GoLite Galaxy
Another lightweight larger volume pack to consider is the GoLite Galaxy. It weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces, has the features you prefer, and will comfortably carry as much as 45 pounds. Other good LW...

In GEAR » need pack suggestions
April 20, 7:00am

GTX Socks
Thanks Dondo, perhaps I spoke too strongly against GTX socks without researching them enough. Anything is worth a try. I will look for Jim Wood's post and get his perspective. You are sure right, J...

In GEAR » Gore Tex Socks - any comments/ review?
April 19, 6:53am

A good example of gear that doesn't work
There's a reason why most manufacturers don't make GTX socks - they don't work. They don't breathe much, so your feet get wet from sweat on the inside. And they wet through, so your feet get wet fr...

In GEAR » Gore Tex Socks - any comments/ review?
April 17, 8:36am

Keep it really simple
In the UL backpacking workshops I give, someone always asks "what kind of knife do you carry"? My answer is "what for"? FWIW, I simply carry a single edge razor blade. It comes in a thin paper s...

In GEAR » ultralight knife recommendation
April 17, 8:04am

All Reader Reviews by Will Rietveld

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Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
I have used these gaiters a lot and really like them. I don't mind their zipperless/Velcroless design, its lighter and simpler. I have size L. For me, they fit very well over mid or full height boo...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 23, 8:09am

Six Moon Designs Comet
The new Comet backpack has removeable aluminum stays which allow it to be used as either a frameless or internal frame pack. Without stays it weighs 22 oz and with stays it weighs 27 oz. The Comet ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 7:50pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just got this book and its superb! As I paged through the book, I kept saying yes, right on, perfect, exactly! Don presents the UL gospel clearly and concisely, and the illustrations by Mike Clellan...

In Books and Media
August 03, 7:36pm

Gossamer Gear Fire-fly
The Fire-fly is a real lightweight stove made by mo-go-gear and sold by Gossamer Gear. The whole kit weighs 1.5 ounces and includes the burner, pot stand, windscreen, and heat reflector. The open j...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 03, 7:24pm