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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Re: Ankle Booties - Blister Protection | Anyone use these?
I haven't had experience with that exact product, but used to wear a variety of ankle supports & braces playing soccer. It always seemed like they were more prone to causing blisters than p...

In GEAR » Ankle Booties - Blister Protection | Anyone use these?
March 29, 10:19am

Re: How important is the weight of trekking poles?
It's a huge difference for me. I'd tried several styles of hiking poles in the past, but they were heavy & clunky enough that they just seemed to get in my way. It felt kinda like a poo...

In GEAR » How important is the weight of trekking poles?
March 29, 10:13am

Re: Looking for a remedy for frozen footwear in the morning
Warm feet. It does stink, but you get over the misery pretty quickly & get on with the day. I like to take along camp boots of some kind, & they stay on until I'm ready to hit the tr...

In GEAR » Looking for a remedy for frozen footwear in the morning
March 29, 9:52am

Re: Wood-Burning cook system suggestions?
My experience with the Ti Tri Inferno has been great. Very user-friendly burn, good burn overall... versatile...

In GEAR » Wood-Burning cook system suggestions?
March 29, 9:40am

Re: Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag Review
Hi, all- Thanks for your responses! I'm glad this piqued some interest, & hope it helps out more people. A few comments about the discussion... Field testing a sleeping bag for relati...

In Editor's Roundtable » Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag Review
March 26, 12:20pm

Re: For WFA+ trained folks: How has your first-aid kit expanded?
W-EMT... kit shrank considerably. You can improvise just about anything; items still in my kit are essentially just for convenience. I can't recall the last time I traveled w/more than one othe...

In Philosophy & Technique » For WFA+ trained folks: How has your first-aid kit expanded?
March 22, 10:22am

Re: Once and For All: Best Ultralight Hammock?
Hennessy Hyperlite Zip, 1#10oz. Comfy, light, tiny, easy.

In GEAR » Once and For All: Best Ultralight Hammock?
March 17, 12:57pm

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"White gas stove are obsolete for me - I'm tired of singeing my eyebrows, the stove plugs up so you have to take it apart and get it to work, occasionally the fuel gets on my hands or gear...

In GEAR » Stove Question - Winter/Summer
March 08, 4:03pm

Re: Stove Question - Winter/Summer
First, if a stove will work in winter conditions, it'll work in summer conditions. The inverse is not necessarily true. I would consider two stoves: EDIT: a Trail Designs Ti Tri Inferno or C...

In GEAR » Stove Question - Winter/Summer
March 07, 3:09pm

Re: Question - Which Lightweight / High Volume Pack Do You Use?
Bob, if the thought of extensively modifying your packbag doesn't make you queasy, I'm pretty certain you can cut the weight of the Aether down by over a pound... Just ditch the lid & i...

In GEAR » Question - Which Lightweight / High Volume Pack Do You Use?
March 03, 5:20pm

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