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b d (bdavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
About Me Happy to find this site. Camping, hiking, whatever - love kayaks and have a bunch of foldables if people are ever in the area and want to use one - including a Klepper double which is great for taking gear and two people anywhere, including by sail in low wind conditions. Spent so much time reviewing all the posts and articles here over Thanksgiving I thought I would fill in some blanks. Me and partner live a few miles from Lassen peak on Hwy. 44 if you want to look it up and are in the area. Welcome to use our home as a base.
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All Forum Posts by b d

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Looking for small stainless steel or titanium containers
Dwight wrote: "I've got a theory, and have no idea if I'm right or not, that heat that is radiating out the side of the Ion, through the aluminum sides, is not serving a useful purp...

In Make Your Own Gear » Looking for small stainless steel or titanium containers
January 10, 12:37pm

Re: Re: Northern Lites Snowshoes: 25" or 30"?
Thanks for the info. and advice ... hits the question on the head. I will try the different lengths out and see, but my tendancy is to get the 25". Actually dreamt about them last night, bec...

In Winter Hiking » Northern Lites Snowshoes: 25" or 30"?
January 09, 9:57pm

Re: Re: My Gearlist, Please take a look
I would use a lighter balaclava or take the face piece off of the OR windstopper. Then I would look at the food and water weights and necessities. 1.5 - 2.0 lbs. per day for food is high for good...

In Gear Lists » My Gearlist, Please take a look
January 09, 9:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Jacket vs Vest
Great questions and responses here. I have been struggling with the same issues, here in the Mt. Lassen area, this winter. I use the same bag, Phantom 32 F, so it is spot on for what I have bee...

In GEAR » Jacket vs Vest
January 09, 8:03pm

Re: esbit in checked bags?
Call Hawaiian Air, unless you are going on a puddle jumper ... then call them. I assume you are leaving from Oahu and the main island. The puddle jumper pilots are fun and I don't think they ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » esbit in checked bags?
January 07, 9:25pm

Re: Northern Lites Snowshoes: 25" or 30"?
I also am looking at the Northern Lites and ordered the racers 20", the 25", and the 30" (because they have a great return policy) ... after anguishing about it, I figured I would lo...

In Winter Hiking » Northern Lites Snowshoes: 25" or 30"?
January 07, 7:50pm

Re: Vargo Titanium 0.9 L pot w/ Ti spoke handle
Way cool, or hot ... love that one. bd

In Multiple Use Gear » Vargo Titanium 0.9 L pot w/ Ti spoke handle
January 06, 8:34pm

Re: Best shoe for Paria Canyon?
I don't know where the place you are going is or the conditions. But, wet and sandy sounds like a place for an overshoe, which I learned about here. You might want to look at the NEOS Trekker...

In GEAR » Best shoe for Paria Canyon?
January 06, 7:02pm

Re: Re: Re: lessons learned
Shawn and Mark, et al., You have captured my new years thoughts ... no more putting off the taking of time off and getting out the door ... there is always something "else" to do that ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lessons learned in 2006?
January 06, 4:41pm

Alpacka rafts ...
I am interested in obtaining one of these rafts, is this the best way to communicate? You can PM me and let me know your email address. bd

In Gear Swap » FS: 2 Alpacka Rafts
January 03, 8:11pm

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Outdoor Products Hall Pass Day/O'Nite Pack
I picked up this pack for $20 US at a Big 5 to experiment with (Campmor has it listed at $14.99). The thought was to see if it would do for a day, a night, and a day camping trip. Here it is packed,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 29, 1:22pm

Gorillapod SLR
I rarely bother to review items I would not use or which deserve less than a 4, but this chain caught my eye. Owning a GorillaPod for SLRs I can't recommend it for a person trying to go UL. So I...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
January 27, 7:32pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
January 27, 6:30pm

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
I have been using the same piece of Reynolds aluminum foil for a windscreen and a food prep area for about 6 months, maybe 8 now. It held up well and is light weight. It is important to get the heav...

In Stoves - Other
January 26, 7:54pm

BMW Stealth 0 NANO (6x8) UL Tarp - 4.2 oz. Catenary Ridgeline
I don't think I could have found a better tarp to learn with and from. It is fragile compared to heavier fabric tarps, but it is precisely for that reason that it is a great learning tool This...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
January 26, 7:05pm

Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava
I entirely agree with Craig S.' review. I carry this item with me everywhere once the weather turns cool or cold. I wear it over or under my Mountain Hardwear Micro beanie, and both of them unde...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 26, 12:59pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
These are a real find. I was waiting for the BPL Gear Shop to get them back in stock and am glad I waited. My partner got a pair of gloves from another New Zealand supplier and although they are gre...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 23, 8:35pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Jacket (Women's)
This is a piece of gear my partner obtained. But, it also works for me. She got a large to wear over other items, and it fits me fine as well. It is well made and is warm, but not too hot in cold...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 23, 8:16pm

OR DryComp Summit Sack
A few short months ago I never thought I could use a frameless pack. But, testing out systems and hiking more, because my pack weight was going down as my familiarity and technique with gear and the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 21, 8:05pm

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
It has taken some time, and a lot of winter boredom, to get to trying out chemical water treatment systems -- goal: reduce weight w/o gagging on the water after treatment. So after studying here I fi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 21, 7:10pm