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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: Your best gear of 2009
1. GG Murmur. The pack is made out of Spinnaker with a sit pad; 8.0oz 2. short Neo Air; 9.0oz 3. teva terra fi2 sandals. Never a blister and my feet stay warm or cool depending on my sock. I’m ...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 07, 4:04pm

Re: Unique Foot Problem, Got Advice?
“I started off using waterproof boots, and would change my socks once a day.” In this situation, I’ve found that socks need to be diligently changed every hour for a highly sweaty guy. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unique Foot Problem, Got Advice?
November 13, 3:44pm

Re: Bug Repellent For Synthetic Clothes
Hikinggranny, “I found that Wind River Range mosquitoes and biting flies everywhere seemed to consider my permethrin-sprayed clothing as an appetizer.” It sounds like you either: 1. Didn...

In GEAR » Bug Repellent for Synthetic Clothes?
November 05, 1:45pm

Re: Ankle rolling
Luke, “The problem is I can't get them to lock my foot in place, when I tried it either didn't work or the strap dug into my foot. Is this just something you have to put up with or am ...

In GEAR » Are hiking boots really needed?
October 30, 3:13pm

Re: Chacos vs. Terra
I noticed several people backpacking in Chacos when I was out in UT this past August. I saw no one in Teva’s except me and my hiking partners. I’ve worn Chacos (Z1) and here’s just my feel...

In GEAR » Are hiking boots really needed?
October 30, 11:39am

Re: Re: Are hiking boots really needed?
“In wetter country I find the wet mud between my feet and the sandal means I have almost zero grip on my sandals, and that can be frightening in some places.” Roger, It sounds like you have...

In GEAR » Are hiking boots really needed?
October 30, 8:44am

re: Group Size Aluminum Bottle Stove
That’s a high center of gravity. How do you keep it balanced out in the field?

In Make Your Own Gear » Group Size Aluminum Bottle Stove
October 29, 3:38pm

Re: Are hiking boots really needed?
For my situation and most people in my hiking group, we’ll say boots are not needed, nor shoes. We wear open-toed sandals. I do wear snow boots for Dec-Jan. I backpack in teva tera fi-2. I’...

In GEAR » Are hiking boots really needed?
October 29, 2:03pm

Re: soaking wet feet
“-switching to sandals when it rains and ground is wet” I of course vote for this one since this is what I use 10 months of the year. Heat, moisture, & friction combine to cause blister...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » soaking wet feet
July 28, 8:31am

Re: Managing wet feet
“What are your favorite techniques for dealing with wet feet when wearing non-waterproof trail shoes?” I’m always dealing with several stream crossings, rainstorms, floods and swamps. For ...

In GEAR » Managing wet feet
June 30, 3:23pm

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