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Bernard Shaw ( - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Upstate New York
About Me Avid Mountaineer, Trip Leader, Kayak Instructor and Educator, my love of people, wildlife, nature, and photography are fulfilling balances to my profession of child psychology and compassionate assistance for complex child and adult abuse situations. I have had a wonderful life and feel fortunate to have a loving partner, good friends, and wonderful outdoor students and professional clients. Please feel free to email me for integrated outdoor adventures whether to the High Sierras or On the water!
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All Forum Posts by Bernard Shaw

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Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
This is a site known for facts and not dogma or simply opinions. So, with an open but skeptical mind, can any of you with science backgrounds tell us if hiking poles are "energy savers" and the pa...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 04, 8:22pm

Try the Neva by La Sportiva
Ryan, Two different methods, the Neva and the Exum River. Both work for me in wet and difficult stuff. EXUM RIVER

In GEAR » Shoes for Long Distance Hiking
April 04, 6:09pm

Re: Gossamer Gear Poles
I have the aluminum CG pole set for the SpinnTwinn. They weigh very little and for most situations they are quite sufficient imo. Because of the larger surface area of the SpinnTwinn (two person a...

In GEAR » Help me get rid of my poles...
April 04, 6:00pm

use the search engine
Use the search feature. The BPL staff has written about the use of w/b fabrics for tents and bivy bags. My read of this is that each fabric has its problems. eVent was one of the best. Bibler and...

In Make Your Own Gear » breathable fabric for wintertent
April 04, 5:55pm

WM Highlite (Long) For Sale: LIke New Condition
SOLD- thanks for all your inquiries! Get outdoors and off BPL as great as it is! Must sell, Like new condition, no flaws period. Great bag. Below is WM literature and specs. Retails for $250 plu...

In Gear Swap » WM Highlite (Long) For Sale: LIke New Condition
April 04, 10:55am

I have ordered them
Rather I ordered one. I hope to use the fact it is a take down model to ease shipping on planes, to stow on my pack and to use as a SpinnTwinn tarp pole too! Let you know when I try it out.

In GEAR » Goat Poles
April 04, 10:47am

No mystery here
Metal properties are a known quantity. The question is what weight of what type of Titanium will equal the puncture and resistance of the alumininum liner currently used. Then, we and they can ju...

In GEAR » Ursack Aluminum liner. Titanium replacement needed.
April 04, 10:21am

BMW more insulative
BMW is significantly more insulative and comfortable, I use is in conjunction with a Gossamer Gear shorty for the rest of body in colder conditions.

In GEAR » Thermarest v Bozeman Mountain Works
April 03, 1:53pm

Yes, his integrity and knowledge impressed me also. I am interested in their new Summerlite bag, looks like a good value.

In GEAR » TrailCast: Western Mountaineering
April 03, 12:11pm

TrailCast: Western Mountaineering
Pardon me if this has already been posted, but have any of you listened to the podcast on Trailcast of Gary Schaelzlein, one of the founders of Western Mountaineering? He discusses the merits ...

In GEAR » TrailCast: Western Mountaineering
April 01, 1:16pm

All Reader Reviews by Bernard Shaw

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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
Definitely 5/5. 47 sq. ft. useable area for 8.0 oz of the best spinnaker cloth available this is a very versatile tarp for two plus their gear. A Pletntitude of stake loop, very high quality stitchi...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 16, 7:24pm

Titanium Goat 2 section poles
These two section poles are very stiff, come apart and join effortlessly, are quiet, the tip is replaceable, very light, about 4.7 oz. per pole (the non-take down pole, 3.1 oz), and the handles comfor...

In Trekking Poles
April 08, 8:32pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
Well made and my own fault for not noting dimensions and specs. That said, fit is marginal at best for MSR titan kettle. I have to bend and grind it to modify it so it would work.

In Stoves - Other
March 09, 8:27pm

PossumDown Glove Liner Gloves
BPL has been clear about the limits of durability of the Possum material, so not a gripe here. Just, in my experience, even when baby them they wear out very very quickly. Thin spots develop even whe...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 7:25am