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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Guest

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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Toilet Paper
And the BIG LNT guy/gal is watching The next verse 14 For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not...

May 08, 7:09pm

First time filter use
@ Glen >> A full blown, old-school, backwoods filtration system consists of a pre-filter sponge, a main membrane filter that's been treated with a chemical virus killer, like iodine, th...

In GEAR » First time filter user.
May 04, 1:06pm

Aqua Mira tablets vs bleach
Back the question in the original post about kill time with cold water. Since the chemical process is the same, I would posit that Aqua Mira chlorine dioxide liquid drops have the same kill time in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Aqua Mira tablets v. bleach
May 04, 11:34am

Cuben Fiber vs Silnylon Cat Tarp
Just upgraded from a MLD silnylon cat tarp to a MLD Grace Solo Cuben Fiber Tarp and did a test run last night in my back yard. Not sure it is me or the cuben fiber, but it seems much harder wit...

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber vs Silnylon Cat Tarp
May 04, 11:10am

Would a simple A-Frame Tarp....
I personally prefer cowboy camping with my bivy. Sometimes I set up the MLD grace tarp a few yards away if I think it might start raining during the night, and still cowboy camp. My wife likes t...

In GEAR » Would a simple A-frame tarp provide suitable weather protection for a PCT thru hike?
April 28, 6:43pm

MLD and Side Pockets
The pocket are hard to reach. Various options I have used with the MLD Prophet are: -ask a buddy to hand you a bottle -use a platypus bladder with hose -Switch to using 20 oz bottles and the MLD...

In GEAR » MLD Packs and side pockets
April 27, 8:47pm

Everest Tragedy - Sherpa Support Fund
The AAC is raising money for the Sherpas. EVEREST AVALANCHE ALERT // SHERPA SUPPORT FUND Earlier today at least 12 Sherpa guides died in an avalanche on Mount Everest. In remembrance, the ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » yet ANOTHER major tragedy on everest
April 20, 1:00pm

Re: name confusion
And what is with the many Deadman Creeks, Deadman Lakes in the central Sierra Nevada? Did they find that many dead people or does it have something to do with the block and tackle systems used t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Name confusion
April 20, 12:54pm

BSA Backpacking miles?
500 feet elevation gain to count as 1 mile? I have never heard of this before. Maybe it is some convention or tradition of some troops or councils for local awards or recognitions. The BSA g...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scouts complete 22 miles on a weekend and want more
April 16, 9:40pm

Are rain pants necessary
Three years ago I would have said no. I always thought that even if it was raining, if my top was warm and dry I would be OK and I could keep my self warm enough by moving. Then two springs ago...

In GEAR » Are rain pants necessary?
April 12, 10:41pm

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm