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Patrick Starich (pjstarich) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale N. Rocky Mountains
About Me BPL Instructor/Guide. Passionate about the wilderness and spend as much time outdoors as possible in all seasons. Interests: UL backcountry trekking, skiing, pack rafting, and mountaineering.
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What socks do you prefer?
I'm personally nuts about SmartWool light weight hiking socks. They're so comfortable I started wearing them off the trail too. They also seem to outlast most of my other socks.

In GEAR » What socks do you prefer?
May 12, 5:48pm

Bears, Humans, Bees
Do bears avoid groups of humans like humans avoid groups of bees? We are much larger than bees, and unless extremely sensitive to their stings, we know they are incapable of doing us much harm. St...

In GEAR » Bears: What to do with the clothes you cook in
May 11, 10:03pm

Bears, Food, Clothes
BTW: We practice the "food is fuel" approach to backcountry cuisine and only "cook" water. We heat water twice a day: for chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal at breakfast and rehydr...

In GEAR » Bears: What to do with the clothes you cook in
May 10, 12:21pm

Bears, Cooking, Clothes
I won't suggest the clothes sequestration strategy is for everyone. I'm a Scoutmaster responsible for the safety of the kids in my troop. We take bear country safety practices very seriou...

In GEAR » Bears: What to do with the clothes you cook in
May 10, 12:11pm

Bears and Spray
Bear spray is recommended as an effective deterrent to aggressive bears (both Griz and Blacks) by Parks Canada and the International Association for Bear Research and Management. The latter publis...

In Chaff » New Bear Spray Research
May 09, 1:11pm

High Volume Gravity Filteration
The Platypus Clean Stream Gravity Filter's key advantage is volume and speed. Brand new, the filter can purify 20L of non turbid water in about 30 minutes. Combined with two 20L collapsible wa...

In GEAR » Clean Stream gravity filter
May 04, 11:29pm

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