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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Single Walls in the PNW
Regarding single wall tents in the PNW: I live in Washington and spend 90% of my backpacking here. I spend about 75% of those nights in single wall tents (Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic,...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 26, 6:25pm

Re: Re: Down in the PNW
Not heavy, not bulky. That's what I use, combined with Cocoon jacket and pants. I love the stuff. You are right that we have lovely weather! I think you may be implying that the mist ...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 25, 7:05am

Re: Re: Down in the PNW
I've done extensive backpacking year-round in Washington and I agree with many of the above posts- down is a viable choice in our climate. Here are some caveats: - You have to be aware of w...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 24, 6:14pm

Re: Early BPL Article
I've very much enjoyed looking at some of these early articles and forums. It was a really exciting time for me with so much to learn and try- with BPL I was like a kid in a candy shop! These...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early BPL Article
January 20, 10:41pm

iPhone apps
Some folks have asked me for the apps I use in the backcountry. Here they are- if you have one that's betteror another idea we'd love to hear it... - 360- for panoramic photos - Planimete...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 31, 12:58am

Re: Re: Apple disagrees with your Iphone 4 comment
Correct Roleigh. Sorry about that. I turn off the cell service but don't do Airplane mode. Thanks for the correction.

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 28, 4:03pm

Re: Re: Tech Pants Weight?
Ah yes, Addie. We spent more on Super Crema beans than ANY backpacking gear!

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 28, 3:14pm

Re: New Stove Setup
Hi Warren, No worries- you should go with what you're comfortable with. Just a few points that might be helpful:

In GEAR » New Stove Setup
December 28, 9:51am

Re: New Stove Setup
I have a Primus Micron Ti 2.5 which weighs just over 2 oz, packs up tiny, and has a small removable piezo. Primus is a great company- they sent this as a replacement for my way-old Alpine Titanium...

In GEAR » New Stove Setup
December 27, 10:10pm

Re: what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
I use a MSR Titan 2L pot (off the market now). Having a wide base when melting snow is a real benefit to efficiency. A secret weapon to melting efficiency is the Backpackers Pantry Outback Oven...

In GEAR » what size pot for melting snow (for 2)
December 19, 12:15am

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm