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Tjaard Breeuwer (Tjaard) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Minnesota, USA
About Me I like to get out and camp, but I don't like a heavy pack on my back. I love hiking, mtb-packing, xc skiing and ice skate touring.

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All Forum Posts by Tjaard Breeuwer

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Spread the love!
It's great that you were able to take someone out who was interested in going backpacking. I have been fortunate when I was young to have people take me to do fun outdoor activities that I woul...

In Post-Trip Reports » Newton's 24 Hour Trip on the Backbone Trail
February 27, 7:36pm

what about frozen ground?
Last night I had solidly frozen ground with 2"(5cm) fresh snow on top. It was in an open forest. I tied of to trees and shrubs, but as Mike mentioned, they were often in the wrong place. No...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ditch Your Stakes: A Guide To Alternative Shelter Anchors
February 26, 10:00pm

Thanks for the encouraging comments guys! Yeah, she was having a great time non stop. I thought she might object in the morning when we woke up with snow on the sleeping bags,or when she had to ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Dad & Daughter, first time winter camping
February 26, 7:46pm

Dad & Daughter, first time winter camping
My 4 yr old daughter has been saying that she wants to go winter camping(even though she has no idea what it's like ;-). Who am I to refuse? This weekend finally had some normal weather so a da...

In Post-Trip Reports » Dad & Daughter, first time winter camping
February 26, 11:49am

crawling is hard
The almost one year old was hard, as she crawled and so her clothes got very dirty, since they're all fleecy stuff. Also she liked to eat dirt and drank formula and ate baby food. Heavy to carr...

In Post-Trip Reports » Father, Mother, 2 daughters, 5 frineds and 1 dog trip
February 22, 7:45pm

tall socks, how tall?
I have found Smartwool ski socks to be very annoying to wear, when I last tried them 2 years ago. They only come up to the fattest part of the calf, which means there is nothing to keep them from s...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fast and Light Shoulder Season Footwear Tips
February 22, 7:53am

Now she wants to winter camp...
Now my four year old says she wants to winter camp....

In Post-Trip Reports » Father, Mother, 2 daughters, 5 frineds and 1 dog trip
February 20, 8:58pm

3 separate issues here
This one question is actually three issues to consider: 1 What is the warmth per weight of each (eg twice as warm but only 25% heavier)? 2 How much warmth do I need? 3 Would synthetic be better ...

In GEAR » Thanks scale. Warmth per ounce (is it worth it).
February 16, 8:21pm

what were the day conditions?
As stated before, what were the day conditions? You said the down jacket should be under your shell for rain or snow. If it is raining, it can't be very cold, in which case a down sweater would...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Proper Layering Technique
February 16, 8:12pm

Not far
Kevin, I read your report too, it was great! I have to admit, I only carried her for about 200 yards at a time, a few times near the end of the day. I could not have carried her more than tha...

In Post-Trip Reports » Backpacking with the family
February 16, 7:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Tjaard Breeuwer

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Goosefeet gear Custom down parka
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In Clothing - Insulating - Down
April 14, 10:24am

Enlightened Equipment Revelation X
Quality: The sewing is very neatly done, I have not looked super close at the fabric but from a casual glance I don't see any blemishes. Nice soft hand. Fit: I have a 6'6&qu...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 17, 12:30pm

Golite Hex 3
I was surprised to see we fit comfortably with our family of 4, while using the nest. By hanging it from a line between two trees, we have room for a double bag in the center and no pole to be knocke...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 06, 9:33pm

L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Jacket
I returned the L tall I had ordered, as the sleeves were too short. I ended up with a Montbell in XL which had longer sleeves and was no more baggy than the L tall LL Bean.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
March 08, 9:26pm

Montbell Down inner pants
As mentioned these are a nice and light pair of warm pants. Sorry for the exclamation marks but I have never found stock pants like this! The great news with these is that they fit very slim for...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
March 02, 11:36am

mont-bell Thermawrap Parka & Pants
I got the womens size S for my daughter, who wears size 6(yr old) kids clothes normally. The lightest hooded kids parka I could find was the Marmot Amadablam. This is lighter, longer in the waist ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 20, 9:08pm

02 Rainwear Rain Suit
The design is poor, with a crummy hood that doesn't cover my chin and no bill, short sleeves and body, wide opening at the waist and no articulation anywhere. Wimpy rainflap over a very porous zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 16, 8:48pm

Cioch Direct /Paramo custom
I have a Cioch Direct Glamaigh and can only echo the previous comments: It is as breathable as an uncoated windshell,but the liner makes it as warm as a windshell with light fleece underneath. So ...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 15, 9:04am