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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Easy UL Foods from the Grocery Store
Some of my favorite lightweight foods are ones you can get at the grocery store and there's no need to do your own dehydrating. I like to save work when I can, so I'm wondering if others ha...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Easy UL Foods from the Grocery Store
July 10, 3:41pm

Poles
I've set the tent up maybe 6-8 times. The main arch pole seems to bend into an arch easy enough. I was worried I would have to pull worrisomely hard on it, but it bends easier than I figured ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
July 09, 6:07pm

Cattails
I think cat tails are an interesting potential food source. I'm fuzzy on this, but I think you can eat the green part of the young plants and you can make sort of flour from the roots of the ol...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nothing New Under the Sun?
July 09, 2:00pm

Re: Re: Strategy
Steve Evans, Yes that's the trail I'm talking about. Did you guys complete the loop or just backtrack to the trailhead on day 3? If I'm doing a 2 nighter on this trail I like to spen...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag for Algonquin Park, Canada
July 09, 1:51pm

CR2
Where did you get one for $307 inc. shipping? eBay? I got mine for $355 inc. shipping on eBay about 2 mths ago. I dunno about videos...but I have a CR2 and the material durability doesn'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
July 09, 1:38pm

Wow!
You'll be saying "Wow!" everytime.

In GEAR » A better towel?
July 09, 1:04pm

Gathering
Keep in mind I'm not suggesting an immediate switch to 100% reliance on the wilderness for food which I realize is extremely difficult and unsustainable. Simple stuff like gathering blueberries...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nothing New Under the Sun?
July 09, 1:02am

Algonquin
There are some good trails in Ontario, Canada. You could do a 100 mile loop on the Western Highlands trail in Algonquin Provincial Park. I think there are some other trails further north in Ontario...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best Trips?
July 09, 12:52am

Bigger than weight
If you think of UL backpacking purely in terms of weight savings, then most of the big improvements have already been made. You can't shave another 5lbs off your pack if you're already swit...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nothing New Under the Sun?
July 08, 4:55pm

Strategy
Sleeping bag strategy is a difficult decision. I'm a believer in a 2-bag system where you have one bag for 3 season use and another for winter. If you try to buy one do-it-all bag then you'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag for Algonquin Park, Canada
July 08, 2:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Dan Durston

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Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben DuoMid
The DuoMid is the best shelter for solo hikers. Don't be misled by the "Duo" in its name - you could cram two hikers in here but it's poorly suited for that (ie. no vestibule space, ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 22, 1:56pm

Evernew 300ml Dbl Wall Mug (ECA354)
I like the idea of a robust, double wall titanium mug that may be a bit heavier...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 22, 11:01am

Montane Minimus DT Pant
These pants are a very niche product. They're light (4.25oz Med) but the Pertex Shield+ m...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 22, 10:31am

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
I have this kit and the FireLite Mini kit. This sparker is a bit lighter than the FireLite Mini but I don't trust this sparker 100% like I do the FireLite. This sparker doesn't work well wh...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:21pm

BPL FireLite Firestarter
I love this FireLite Mini. It's the only thing that I 100% trust to start a fire. With a mini Bic you can run out of gas, be at too high of an altitude, get it wet or get it oily. Matches can ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:19pm

Hyperlight Mtn Gear Echo I
I wasn't sure where to put this review as the Echo I can be used as either a tarp or a double wall tent. OVERVIEW I've given the Echo I five stars because it's quality construct...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
October 16, 4:15pm

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've got the original Reed pants (4oz in a size medium) and they are prefect rain pants for UL hiking. They've been adequately durable, totally waterproof and light. I don't want ankle zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:27pm

Marmot Essence
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. Marmot has made a number of changes to this jacket over the years so criticisms of the earlier models are no longer relevant. My Essence is t...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:22pm

Baladeo 22 Grams Knife
This knife is a brilliant design. Every part of it is functional and the result is a lot of knife for just 22g (or 24.3g as mine as actually weighs). When I opened the (very nice) box and first played...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 6:10pm

Nite ize S-Biner
After using another small biner that failed due to a poor design, I switched the Nite Ize Size 1 biner for bear bagging this summer. I use one of these to clip to my 1.4mm spectra cord to my food sack...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 5:56pm