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Biodegradable Toilet Paper?
The water-wash method sounds good if you get used to it. There are a lot of ads for biodegradable TP on the web, e.g., Is it real or just hyp...

In Gear Lists » I did it! 5 lb Base Wt
December 07, 8:46pm

Multi-Use Items
I think my most multi-use item is the bandana: 1. hankerchief 2. washcloth 3. towel 4. head band 5. emergency head cover pirate style when your hat blows away 6. dust mask/nose sun guard 7...

In Multiple Use Gear » Multi-Use Items
December 05, 7:25pm

5 lb base wt -> Toilet Paper or not.
Talk about hijacking a thread!! Another alternative I've used for years - collect your toilet paper and burn it with the other trash. Of course this assumes you can have a fire at least eve...

In Gear Lists » I did it! 5 lb Base Wt
December 04, 10:56pm

Tarptent Scarp 1
Henry > Hmmm..well, I did put a "1" after the name. We'll see how it goes. There's another baby in the oven I have to kick out first. Could the next tent possibly be a 1+ o...

In GEAR » Tarptent Scarp1 (4 season -freestanding)
November 20, 10:40pm

Pt Reyes - Third Saturday
I'd be interested in going and meeting other Bay Area UL hikers. I'd be glad to help with transportation and shuttle.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Point Reyes January
November 14, 12:57am

Campfires in the backcountry
I've seen a couple of posts in the last few months with pictures around big campfires that make me feel I'd like to throw something out for discussion. I've built my share of big cam...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Campfires in the backcountry
November 14, 12:02am

My compass resides in the plastic baggie with my maps in an outer pocket of my pack until I get onto a cross country section. Then I like it on a cord around my neck because I'm taking a beari...

In GEAR » TAD acessory pouch for compass
November 13, 11:28pm

Estimating temperature
I use which gives point forecasts. I've found it to be pretty accurate for the Calfornia mountains. If the weather is marginal, e.g., possibility of thunderstorms, it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Estimating temperature
November 06, 4:04pm

Arc Specialist
I have to agree with Sam's comments as well. I have 2 oz of overfill in my Arc Specialist and was still a bit disappointed. I don't normally use it if I expect temperatures below about 35...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc?
September 19, 8:44pm

Brook or Golden
I'd vote for Brook as well. Note the red stripe down the side of the Golden and the grey panniers and black spots in Gail's picture. The multicolored spots, white lines on the fins, and th...

In Post-Trip Reports » 110 miles of PCT though Yosemite and Carson/Iceburg
July 24, 2:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard Gless

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ZPacks Hexamid solo tarp and HexaNet
Seeing the stars at night is one of my favorite parts of backpacking so I wanted a two wall tent, bug net inner and rain fly outer. My first solo UL tent attempt was a Eureka Solitaire ā€“ too hard...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
March 17, 11:37pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp and HexaNet
Seeing the stars at night is one of my favorite parts of backpacking so I wanted a two wall tent, bug net inner and rain fly outer. My first solo UL tent attempt was a Eureka Solitaire ā€“ too hard...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
March 17, 11:22pm

Snow Peak LiteMax
Snow Peak LiteMax Stove I bought a Snow Peak LiteMax this spring (2009) to replace my MSR Pocket Rocket and have been really happy with it, having used it for about 20 days now. Pros: 1. W...

In Stoves - Canister
December 06, 11:20pm

Black Diamond Orbit
I saw this advertised in Backpacker Magazine (yes, I still subscribe. Every once in a while I find something useful), and thought Iā€™d check it out. I picked it up at REI since I was going on a hike ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 08, 12:03am

Therm-a-Rest Neoair
I recently bought size small ThermaRest NeoAir Pads for both my wife and I. We were particularly interested in reducing pack weight while retaining or improving comfort. My wife went from a ThermaRe...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 01, 9:55pm

Merrell Chameleon Wrap GoreTex XCR
About twelve years ago as part of my journey to lighten my backpacking load I went from my second pair of Galibier Mountaineering boots (really heavy) to a pair of relatively lightweight Merrell leath...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 24, 10:03pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
I've used my BPL Esbit stove for 2-3 day solo trips for two years now. I think its a great compromise of lightweight and efficiency. You do have to recognize the stove's limitations and use ...

In Stoves - Other
February 20, 11:34pm

Jack's R Better Mt. Rogers Quilt
I purchased the Jack's R Better Mt. Rogers Quilt in large part based on the review by Shane above. I'd been looking at the possibility of using a quilt to cut weight for some time, and when J...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
July 17, 12:37am

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
It's interesting how some products work for some people and not for others. I've tried the TorsoLite and the POE UberLite. They are just too short for me (I'm 5' 11"). On duff ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 01, 8:55pm

Zpacks Z1
I have to agree with all of Jonathan's comments. I bought this pack after seeing it mentioned on BPL and checking it out on the web. It only took about a week to arrive after I ordered it. ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
February 23, 10:26pm