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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
My PDF Gear ListPhil's spring 2007 gear list

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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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BSA gear
Doug, great job. Thanks for stimulating us to bring lightweight concepts to Scouting. Your article is a fantastic tool. What ideas have others used for lightweight shelter with Scouts? Tarps are...

In Editor's Roundtable » Boy Scouts and Lightweight Backpacking
June 09, 7:50pm

"floppy silicon muffin baking pan supporting a round-cut piece of cookie cooling rack"
Sounds like a new niche in the cottage gear industry. Reminder to self -- investigate website names. Phil

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 02, 8:50am

keep this thread alive
Thanks for the comments on Philmont. As Mike mentioned, we too did not get a 2006 slot in the lottery. Our next trip will be my first visit to Philmont with, hopefully, both of my sons. I hope we c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Philmont Summer 2006 -
April 22, 5:48pm

Paul, like you, I tend to cruise the grocery store for what hits my fancy when building the next trip's GORP. Lately, I've added banana chips. I'll have to try the chocoloate coated espresso be...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Energy Bars
April 15, 10:59am

Coffee solutions
Ditto Tim. I've been experimenting with the MugMate and different bags. For an upcoming hike of the Buffalo River Trail, I'll be reverting to a quality instant espresso. My next challenge is carryi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Camp Coffee
April 06, 5:58pm

Garmin 301
For what it's worth, the Garmin Geko 301 uses 2 AAA batteries -- either Alkaline or Lithium. I have only used mine a little so far. The battery life seems to be just as described here at BPL.

In GEAR » GPS wristwatch help!
March 20, 1:52pm

GoLite Gust
Frank, last night I heard Coup of GoLite present his story about last summer's 3 hikes without resupply. He covered the trips, why, how, and what he got from it all. It was a great evening. I even ...

In GEAR » How do you Go Ultralight Without Spending Major $$$? (please ignore previous thread).
March 17, 1:55pm

One more pack option
Frank, another pack option is the ULA P-1 or even the larger P-2. I recently bought the P-1. Brian Frankle's service is outstanding. I've hiked with the pack a couple of times now. This last weeken...

In GEAR » How do you Go Ultralight Without Spending Major $$$? (please ignore previous thread).
March 16, 4:41pm

I haven't yet disposed of the Pocket Rocket or Whisperlite but I most regularly use a TinMan AntiGravity Gear alcohol stove. So far, in the right weather, it's been foolproof and ultralight. For ju...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 11, 6:47am

2004 fav gear
1. Tarptent Squall 2. Tinman's AntiGravityGear pop-can alcohol stove 3. SnowPeak Ti pot

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
December 29, 8:27pm

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm