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Jake Willits (TrailSavvy) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Arkansas Ozarks
About Me Eagle Scout. I spent 9 summers on Camp Orr Adventure Base staff, BSA, Buffalo National River. I love my home in the Ozarks, but constantly wish for the grandeur that I see in the West, or in Europe. I'm the father of one boy, born for the trail. I blog a little about my experiences out there. I'm working on a mini-seminar to do with the local Boy Scout troops. Something like "Introduction to Lightweight Backpacking". I was also approached recently for help with bridge building on the Ozark Highlands Trail. We'll have to see about that though.
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All Forum Posts by Jake Willits

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I have one of the BC200 jackets(2010). It's a size L-reg length. I'm almost 6' and weigh 220 with a 21" torso. It's a tad short. I am very impressed with the shell. I wore it i...

In GEAR » Help me pick a rain jacket
March 02, 1:27pm

Actually, I mean to use it in lieu of the floor in most cases. Thanks for your help.

In Make Your Own Gear » Tyvek ground sheet dimensions?
February 27, 11:50pm

It's a Golite Shangri-La 1. I'd be well within if I went 3 X 8. I guess I'll do that and just cut off more as I determine what is excessive. thanks.

In Make Your Own Gear » Tyvek ground sheet dimensions?
February 27, 9:44pm

carbon fiber frame
The frame looks great. But I need to wait for you(more creative types) to devise a plan to create the next great pack to utilize it.

In GEAR » New Titanium Goat Pack
February 27, 6:08pm

Tyvek ground sheet dimensions?
I'm sure if I dug deep enough, I'd find a thread like this in the archives, but I'm ready to cut. I ordered a 3' X 9' piece of Tyvek from Ebay. I had planned on using my scrap f...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tyvek ground sheet dimensions?
February 27, 5:46pm

UL Reluctance
I make my own rules for how low I want to be. There is an adjustment as your base weight get's lighter anyway. Just yesterday, I packed for (what used to be) an overnighter. But with a sub 20 l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » UL Reluctance
February 27, 12:58pm

I bought some from Montanasoft on ebay several weeks ago. He sold it in 9' wide and you pay by the foot. For 3x9, I paid $6.30 including shipping. Arrived within the week.

In Make Your Own Gear » Tyvek
February 24, 8:47pm

You may be my muse...
I'd like to play with some MYOG ideas, but don't picture myself as a sewing machine. I'm not very creative, so you may have lit a fire. Never thought about combining bits and pieces fro...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first DIY UL backpack
February 23, 8:21pm

TR: '10TCE
Amazing report! It reads like poetry and the pictures made me drool. More!

In Editor's Roundtable » Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
February 22, 7:21pm

WM Summerlite
Not sure. Maybe I'm just deep chested, or a squirmer. But I think I have a solution to that problem. I just received my Goosefeet down booties today! 2.7 oz down sleepsock. Instant warming when...

In GEAR » MB UL SS #3 verses WM Sumerlight (looking for general thoughts/reviews on them)
February 16, 7:23pm

All Reader Reviews by Jake Willits

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Osprey Exos 46
Short and simple. I dig the smaller straps and buckles. I was initially concerned about the buckles and (thin) waist belt, but that has proven to be unfounded. I have about 100 miles on the pack and n...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 16, 7:37pm