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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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All Forum Posts by Richard DeLong

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The Trailstar is one of those rare investments whose value appreciates over time. I'm going to hang on to mine for another 10 years or so and then make a real killing.

In Gear Swap » WTB: MLD Trailstar
March 01, 10:21am

APR in June
Thanks, Christine. This is indeed sounding more like the ascent up Mt. Shasta than going over the High Sierra passes on the PCT. We hadn't thought of starting on the French side of the hike, bu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passes in the Swiss Alps in June
February 22, 8:21am

Switzerland snow depths
Christine, thanks for the detailed information! This is exactly what I was looking for. For now I have just one question, and others may come later. You say it's a hard winter, but other sou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passes in the Swiss Alps in June
February 20, 8:25am

Passes in the Swiss Alps in June
I know this is a very specific question and not too many readers may be able to answer, but some friends and I are looking into doing the Swiss Alpine Pass Route in the first half of June, and we a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passes in the Swiss Alps in June
February 19, 8:20am

Must do more fieldwork
Fieldwork is the only way to answer this question. Otherwise you risk biased conclusions based on romanticized images of what a healthy life is and various other persuasions. I will share what I ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Effect of long-term long-distance hiking on health
February 18, 10:42am

Swiss Alpine Pass Route doable in early June?
A question for the vet Alp backpackers here. We have a group of 3 UL backpackers equipped with ice-axes and crampons who are looking for a mountain route in Europe for the first 3 weeks of June...

In Editor's Roundtable » Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods
February 18, 1:41am

CAMP fit
I'm 6'3 (190 cm) and thin (165 lbs, 75 kg), and this jacket fits me reasonably well. Its arms are long enough for me, and the body is not too baggy.

In Gear Swap » FS: CAMP USA Magic Jacket
February 14, 7:11am

Haste, solitude, and blisters
(preface: I hiked the PCT in 2009) It's surprising how much preplanned meetups with friends/relatives along the way can destroy the fun of your adventure. I never would have guessed this bef...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole: Blisters and Fire
February 12, 6:49am

bug bivy
Nevermind -- decided against it.

In Gear Swap » Closet Cleaning: TT, Gossamer Gear, MLD, SMD
February 02, 1:52pm

no choice but to climb Whitney
You might have no choice but to climb it. Thru-hikers tend to enter the Sierras in packs for company and to brave the hardships together. If everyone else does Whitney and you continue on, you'...

In GEAR » Quick question PCT Permit
February 01, 9:55pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Klymit Inertia X Frame
This is a preliminary review that will be updated later this spring/summer when I get more experience with the sleeping pad outdoors. I will post what I know so far in order to help answer people'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 29, 10:32am

Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer. The quilt is beaut...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
March 29, 10:30am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I have seen no other pad that is as comfortable for the weight. True, for most people the Nightlight is not thick enough, but then use two! I doubt you will find a softer, more comfortable pad for the...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
February 01, 10:16am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I liked this pad while it lasted. After maybe 10 or 20 nights it developed a leak that I could not detect even under water. I think I have had it with inflatable pads...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 27, 5:06am

BMW pro 90 balaclava
Like the previous reviewer, I did a modification of the Pro-90 hood. I cut the front piece all the way down and sewed on omnitape velcro (doesn't catch on clothes). I also modified the elastic cor...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 10:29am

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I have been wearing these for two years. They are very warm and comfortable for their weight and do not stink up. Before them I'd tried several different kinds of gloves, such as polipropilene and...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 22, 8:23am

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
DISCLAIMER: this is a pack that came out in 2007-2008 and was seen as a sturdy and robust pack for the SUL spirit of the times. This model has sinced been replaced by more robust packs that probably c...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 28, 7:09am

I recently tried to make an order on and sent a couple of messages to Oware regarding my order. I have not received any replies regarding my issue and am not sure that the order followed ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 04, 7:00am

MLD Trailstar
My Trailstar weighs 468 grams, not 650 g as the previous poster stated. That's with the included linelocks and seam-sealing, but without the included rope for tie-outs. You could cut off the 10 li...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 07, 8:10am

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I have used the bivy sack extensively, especially while thru-hiking the PCT. It works. The long length is great for 6'3'', and the width is great. I have the full netting option and used i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
October 03, 4:20am