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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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Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
Hi everyone. I am wondering which of the UL poncho-tarps on the market would make the best tarp for hammocking. As I understand, the ideal shape for hammock tarps is a diamond, so that you only hav...

In GEAR » Poncho/tarp for use with hammock
March 29, 8:17pm

A new kind of 4 oz backpack?
I had an idea for a new kind of UL backpack that probably takes us back in time 200 years. Imagine taking your wool blanket, rolling your gear up in it, tying the ends, and slinging it over your sh...

In Make Your Own Gear » A new kind of 4 oz backpack?
March 29, 7:11am

My food regimen
Here in Ukraine and Russia we have a slightly different assortment of foods, and certainly none of the freeze-dried variety. I have been influenced by Ray Jardine in my recent development of trail ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Meal Plan for thru-hike
March 28, 4:55pm

Some winter hammocking know-how
I have used hammocks down to 20 degrees F. Here is my current arrangement. I use the Travel Hammock with a skeeter net (holds in a bit of heat, esp. underneath a tarp). I hang my Adventure Medical ...

In Philosophy & Technique » advice for winter hammocking
March 28, 4:31pm

Re: Re: tarp stuff
Ditto. I have the MLD Grace Duo and like to hang it high and broad for spacious comfort when the chances of rain are slim. My tie-outs are all with really thin lines, and I keep them long.

In GEAR » Best way to do tarp guylines...
March 10, 5:33pm

Re: Reflectivity
Hm... Have you ever slept under a space blanket? It gives me at least a 10 degree comfort boost. Of course, to know for sure what's causing that I would need to try sleeping under a thin plasti...

In Winter Hiking » Homade VBL for sleeping bags
March 08, 6:10am

Caldera Cone user
I've used a Caldera Cone down to nearly +10 F with great success. I have melted snow on it down to +25 F. Works fine for me.

In Make Your Own Gear » alcohol vs. canister
March 08, 5:23am

general thoughts
Sorry to offer more 'general advice' as if I'm old enough to have the right to :) As I understand it, you're looking for a new physical challenge comparable to your previous advent...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 20, 1:11pm

Idea for Skurka
OK, there are 3 big trails so far in the U.S. There should be a fourth: The Great Basin Watershed Trail. This route would pass along the crest of the mountains and desert that outline the G...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 19, 1:20pm

Ukrainian Carpathians
Christine, I live in Ukraine and have hiked extensively in the Carpathians, so I can give you some route tips there. There are numerous forest roads and small mountain communities. Bad news: you...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 10,000 km across Europe
January 19, 1:12pm

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