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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
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All Forum Posts by Richard DeLong

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Cut tongues...
Jeremy, one question here. Have you cut out the tongues of your Hardrocks for weight savings or for comfort? I have the same shoes.

In Gear Lists » SUL list
April 02, 12:08pm

slow down to move faster
I've discovered that it's best to fight my tendency to want to move too fast and overelevate my heart rate. I suspect there is some optimal heartrate where the body can remain in a state of...

In Philosophy & Technique » What do you do to maximize mileage?
April 01, 11:42am

Richard, thanks for the excellent information. I will think about all of that.

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
April 01, 5:08am

Hanging rectangular ponchos diagonally
Ron, thanks for your input here. Does an elongated poncho of your dimensions pitch securely diagonally, or is a parallel pitch more effective for hammocking?

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
April 01, 4:19am

Re: Re: Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
Richard, do you pitch that poncho diagonally over the hammock or parallel to it? 2 stakes or 4 (or more)? I guess that's my biggest question. Also, I am tall - 6'3'', so I usual...

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
March 31, 5:27pm

If I were doing it, I'd just slap something together out of tyvek. No durability issues.

In Make Your Own Gear » Backpack Cover for Airline/Train Travel
March 31, 11:40am

origin of the idea
Hey, thanks for the feedback. By the way, this idea came from reading about how Ray Jardine hikes with his backpack slung over one shoulder. I thought, "a backpack really isn't specifi...

In Make Your Own Gear » A new kind of 4 oz backpack?
March 31, 11:02am

Where to buy?
Very useful article, thanks! Next question: where can one buy bear spray, and does it work on other animals, such as wild dogs?

In Chaff » New Bear Spray Research
March 31, 1:09am

important topic
This is a great subject. It's funny that what Ray Jardine wrote about as a "dependence" on commercial gear and marketing so easily turns into an obsession with new UL gear for most of...

In GEAR » Really pursuing simplicity
March 30, 12:05pm

Good link
Thanks for that link, Mark. That poncho may do the trick.

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
March 30, 8:31am

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Klymit Inertia X Frame
This is a preliminary review that will be updated later this spring/summer when I get more experience with the sleeping pad outdoors. I will post what I know so far in order to help answer people'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 29, 10:32am

Katabatic Gear Palisade Quilt
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer. The quilt is beaut...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
March 29, 10:30am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I have seen no other pad that is as comfortable for the weight. True, for most people the Nightlight is not thick enough, but then use two! I doubt you will find a softer, more comfortable pad for the...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
February 01, 10:16am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I liked this pad while it lasted. After maybe 10 or 20 nights it developed a leak that I could not detect even under water. I think I have had it with inflatable pads...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 27, 5:06am

BMW pro 90 balaclava
Like the previous reviewer, I did a modification of the Pro-90 hood. I cut the front piece all the way down and sewed on omnitape velcro (doesn't catch on clothes). I also modified the elastic cor...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 10:29am

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I have been wearing these for two years. They are very warm and comfortable for their weight and do not stink up. Before them I'd tried several different kinds of gloves, such as polipropilene and...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
October 22, 8:23am

Mountain Laurel Designs Zip
DISCLAIMER: this is a pack that came out in 2007-2008 and was seen as a sturdy and robust pack for the SUL spirit of the times. This model has sinced been replaced by more robust packs that probably c...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 28, 7:09am

I recently tried to make an order on and sent a couple of messages to Oware regarding my order. I have not received any replies regarding my issue and am not sure that the order followed ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 04, 7:00am

MLD Trailstar
My Trailstar weighs 468 grams, not 650 g as the previous poster stated. That's with the included linelocks and seam-sealing, but without the included rope for tie-outs. You could cut off the 10 li...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 07, 8:10am

Titanuium Goat Ptarmigan Bivy
I have used the bivy sack extensively, especially while thru-hiking the PCT. It works. The long length is great for 6'3'', and the width is great. I have the full netting option and used i...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
October 03, 4:20am