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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

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The backcountry ranger at Upper Piute warned us and sure enough, acres of big old lodgepoles, all toppled by the rootballs. I'm speculating last winter ('11-'12) based on the remain...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 27, 5:11pm

Re: My bad
Nice find. Scanned a few blog pages and in addition to my lack of French I saw no gear references. I'll guess he has something strapped to his chest--how does a GH2+7-14/4 lens sound? :-) An...

In Photography » What camera took these videos?
August 27, 5:05pm

Re: Hoover
Does any wilderness besides Desolation charge for permits these days? Cost three of us $30 for two nights there this summer. Like you, I'm not offended if it goes directly into maintenance, whi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 26, 7:43pm

Re: The price/performance ratio?
Since price came up, Amazon was slinging the Lumix GX1+kit lens for four-hundred bucks this weekend. For anybody looking for a killer backpacking camera that will grow with you, I couldn't imag...

In GEAR » New Cameras!
August 26, 7:38pm

Re: Tips for hiking down very steep inclines
I agree about the center-of-gravity thing--it's counter-intuitive and very important. Also, plunge heel-first in loose soil, gravel or snow; there, aggressiveness trumps caution. It's al...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tips for hiking down very steep inclines
August 26, 7:29pm

Re: Hoover
Charging for parking? Will wonders never cease. Just returned from a seven-day Hoover-Yosemite loop but out of Leavitt Meadows. More climbing required than the other trailheads, but sometimes th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 26, 7:24pm

Re: To DSLR or not to DSLR
At the risk of sounding flip, you're not looking hard enough. The NEX-7 in particular will match or exceed any/ APS-C dslr, when it's fitted with a proper lens. Check Luminous Landscape for...

In GEAR » New Cameras!
August 26, 10:58am

Olympus news
Hi Franco, These are Wasabi brand from Amazon, a little over US$30 for two and a charger (evidently the OEM and aftermarket chargers are somehow different). By comparison, the non-existent OEM b...

In Photography » Olympus news
August 25, 5:05pm

Re: Freezing or Dropping
"Putting filter in your sleeping bag doesn't seem like a very good solution." Why?

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 5: Filtration Methods
August 25, 11:48am

Re: Olympus news
Resurrecting this thread to add some E-M5 field experience. Spent a week in the Sierra with the camera, three lenses (12-50, 40-150, 20/1.7) and three batteries (OEM+two aftermarket). It rained fiv...

In Photography » Olympus news
August 25, 11:10am

All Reader Reviews by Rick Dreher

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Mountain Gear
I've placed a few orders with Mountain Gear, going as far back as when they were based in Idaho, and they've responded flawlessly each time. I admire the breadth and high quality of their sele...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 15, 2:03pm
I have to put in a plug for these folks, with whom I've shopped on line and over the phone, and who also have a store in soggy Eugene, Oregon. They have a great backpacking and climbing selection f...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:47pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
As another Seattle kid who loved few things more than pilgrammages to the Capitol Hill store, I still associate the smell of cresote with hiking gear. It's hard to imagine backpacking without REI. ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:22pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I upgraded to the Micro Puff pullover after several seasons with the old Puffball pullover. Lighter, warmer, stuffs smaller--the Micro Puff is an all-around improvement to what was already a fine garm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 12, 12:53pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Noting the shape isn't the most efficient for squeezing every btu from the stove, the MSR kettle remains a very good single-pot option. It packs nicely, works well with small to medium stoves, pours w...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 12:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
I find the Whisperlite to be MSR's easiest liquid stove to use, and certainly the nicest to lug, bulk and weight-wise. Simmering performance is best with a light touch on the fuel pump--try using l...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 20, 11:46am

Golite Hex 3
I've used a Hex 2, the 3's somewhat smaller brother, with good success for a few seasons. The quarters are a little snug for six-footers, but it's a minor concern. My main complaint is that the ventil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 28, 8:43pm