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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
My PDF Gear ListPhil's spring 2007 gear list

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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Re: Re: Re: Hiking the Grand Canyon?
Rob, the humidity in most of the GC is very low. You might get some minor condensation at the foot of your sleeping bag in a bivy. There shouldn't be any problem at all in drying out. Have a gr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Grand Canyon?
March 10, 7:26am

Re: Hiking the Grand Canyon?
Rob, winter in the GC can be COLD. There is lot of temp data available on the web. Temperatures in the GC are determined largely by altitude. So will you be at the river (warmer), on the Tonto (coo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Grand Canyon?
March 09, 5:42pm

Re: Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
Gentlemen, well done. Your journal pulls me into your hike. The power of your experience comes to life with seeking the high route, struggling to locate water, and being worn out on trail breakfast...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
February 23, 5:46am

Re: Hiking Through Hyperbole: Blisters and Fire
Ryan, your words are taking me on a journey that I hope to walk some day as well. Beautifully done. Thanks for a fine piece. Phil

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole: Blisters and Fire
February 10, 8:15pm

Re: Early BPL Article
Miguel, I think the old BPL podcasts talked about the people, places, and gear. For me I think of people, places, and skills. Gear will come and go. My favorite article from BPL is "EXPEDI...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early BPL Article
January 20, 7:58pm

Re: "What's Your Weakness?"
Must be least 7 but that's without really digging into any boxes or closets.

In GEAR » What's Your Weakness?
January 11, 9:53pm

Re: Backcountry Sat. Phone or SPOT
acronym, another option for occasional use is to rent a sat phone. We did that for a Scout outing this year in Montana. The rates are not all that bad.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backcountry Sat. Phone or SPOT
November 16, 10:38am

Re: Driving through KS, OK, NM. Good places to visit?
+1 for Black Mesa in the far northwestern corner of the Oklahoma panhandle.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Driving through KS, OK, NM. Good places to visit?
November 03, 7:49am

Re:Silicone and Mineral Spirts Problem
Mary, thank you. I have no instructions. That's just what I need to know. Phil

In GEAR » Silicone and Mineral Spirts Problem
October 13, 12:43pm

Re: Silicone and Mineral Spirts Problem
Dave, thanks for your insight. One of the shelters that I'm planning to apply seam sealer to is a 9x9 Oware pyramid. We just bought it for our Scout troop. It's good to know that the design...

In GEAR » Silicone and Mineral Spirts Problem
October 13, 11:00am

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm