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Bernard Shaw ( - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Upstate New York
About Me Avid Mountaineer, Trip Leader, Kayak Instructor and Educator, my love of people, wildlife, nature, and photography are fulfilling balances to my profession of child psychology and compassionate assistance for complex child and adult abuse situations. I have had a wonderful life and feel fortunate to have a loving partner, good friends, and wonderful outdoor students and professional clients. Please feel free to email me for integrated outdoor adventures whether to the High Sierras or On the water!
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All Forum Posts by Bernard Shaw

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Wati till August
If you wish to avoid insects, maximize a long lasting high pressure system and have most if not all snow gone off high passes simply wait till August thru second week in September. I have guided t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » SUMMER TRIP PLANS 2006
April 13, 5:56pm

lightning is bigger scale than that
That scrany piece of material is not significant to where lightning comes down and starts up. This is largely an egocentric idea, like the one that the sun revolves around the earth. By far t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Aluminum poles attract lightening??
April 08, 8:26pm

Titanium Goat Carbon Poles
I use one Titanium Goat Carbon Treking Pole. It collapses into two sections. Perfect for my tarp and weighs about 3.5 oz. Evan

In GEAR » Help me get rid of my poles...
April 08, 9:28am

All comments welcome
Please no one get me wrong, not interested in criticizing. And, I love the posts and it is good to see how many uses folks find for poles. I use them sometimes myself. No rant here. And, just...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 07, 9:16pm

Insignificant differences
Intuitively having a aluminum or carbon with you may only slightly change the path of a charge running along the ground, but it by itself is of such small significance that it is no consequence. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Aluminum poles attract lightening??
April 07, 9:12pm

Clear as mud
Hey, I though we were interested in science here? Facts are not equal to intuition nor the intensity of the idea held. Truth? Sheesz! It takes X energy to lift Y lbs. up Z feet in T time pe...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 07, 10:09am

OK BPL, we need the BPL-ometer
Since Ryan is alleging they are going to do a review and my hope an experiment regarding poles and energy, I am waiting for their BPL-meter to give us the definitive scoop on this! Go Ryan! ...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 06, 1:50pm

How to account for different results?
Paul, You got me thinking about how to account for so many hikers who feel and may be aided by poles. And yet there is evidence that this is not actually always the case. I do know from prio...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 06, 7:30am

Calories burned vs benefits gained
Ryan et al. emailed me to state their interest and intention in a future review of efficiency of pole use. Thanks folks, this would be great. Perhaps for now, without yet reviewing all the...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 05, 6:42pm

This post not intended as anti-poles
Follks, In NO WAY is my post intended as anti-pole use. There are many reasons we use them, balance, injury prevention, injury relief, personal taste, and if PP makes this more enjoyable etc. I...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 05, 7:08am

All Reader Reviews by Bernard Shaw

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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
Definitely 5/5. 47 sq. ft. useable area for 8.0 oz of the best spinnaker cloth available this is a very versatile tarp for two plus their gear. A Pletntitude of stake loop, very high quality stitchi...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 16, 7:24pm

Titanium Goat 2 section poles
These two section poles are very stiff, come apart and join effortlessly, are quiet, the tip is replaceable, very light, about 4.7 oz. per pole (the non-take down pole, 3.1 oz), and the handles comfor...

In Trekking Poles
April 08, 8:32pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
Well made and my own fault for not noting dimensions and specs. That said, fit is marginal at best for MSR titan kettle. I have to bend and grind it to modify it so it would work.

In Stoves - Other
March 09, 8:27pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
BPL has been clear about the limits of durability of the Possum material, so not a gripe here. Just, in my experience, even when baby them they wear out very very quickly. Thin spots develop even whe...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 7:25am