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David Neumann (idahomtman) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Northern Idaho
About Me 47 year backpacker, former national Sierra Club backpack leader, school superintendent
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Trail runners and inserts
I never had issues with my feet until a few years ago when I developed Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot. I began using Superfeet green insoles in my Montrail trail runners and that took care of th...

In GEAR » What kind of trail runners or insert are best for a very high foot arch ??
October 26, 11:03am

Above Timberline - Wonderland Trail
Great pictures, here are a few from Washington State Approaching Panhandle Gap Looking toward Mt. Rainier from Panhandle Gap

In Photo Gallery » Above Treeline
October 23, 10:58am

Montbell vs. WM
I've owned both and found both to be of high quality. I had trouble with the WM zipper (HighLite) and ended up selling the bag. I've owned two MB bags (U.L. SS 800 #5 and SS Down Hugger #5)...

In GEAR » Montbell vs. WM
October 20, 8:17pm

The Wonderland
I was also able to hike the Wonderland Trail this summer July 27-August 1 (solo). My base weight was just slightly over 7 lbs. and my total weight carried was 17 lbs. with no resupplies. I hit ver...

In Gear Lists » Wonderland Trail August 09
October 08, 2:07pm

WTB: Montbell Crescent 1
I'm interested in purchasing a slightly used Montbell Crescent 1 in very good or better condition.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Montbell Crescent 1
October 05, 3:45pm

JMT and UL Pack
Jeff, I did the JMT in 9.5 days. I don't hike particularly fast (average 2 mph) but I put in a lot of hours on the trail. I think my pack weighed an average of about 19 pounds without water. Of...

In GEAR » UL BAckpacks
September 28, 10:38pm

ULA - best in my experience
I agree that the catalyst is probably too large, but ULA makes some of the best packs available for the UL market. Certainly others are lighter. I carried the SMD Starlite on a JMT thru-hike and...

In GEAR » UL BAckpacks
September 28, 12:21pm

Falling asleep on the trail
Interesting thread. I had great difficulty sleeping on the final 3 days of a 10-day JMT thru-hike because of the pad and the fact I had lost weight and body fat and I couldn't find a comfortabl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I get and stay asleep on the trail?
September 24, 2:48pm

ULA packs are superb
I recommend ULA. I have the Conduit and the Amp. Most comfortable packs I have carried in 48 years of backpacking. Great quality, fair price.

In GEAR » DEcisions decisions - the right pack
September 07, 8:48pm

Water Purication Tablets
I use Aquamira water purification tablets with great success. I recently completed a Wonderland Trail thru-hike using the tablets. I agree with others that the 4 hour wait time is not always necess...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Water Purification Tablets
August 30, 8:35am

All Reader Reviews by David Neumann

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Inov8 Flyroc 310
I've been wearing the Flyroc 310s for six months. I do use my Superfeet insoles which may take away some of the flexibility these shoes are known for but they work great for me. Light, good toe pr...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 13, 10:46am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have owned this pad for awhile but haven't used it until this weekend on a trip to Glacier Lake in Oregon. I broke a rib earlier this summer and needed some additional padding not provided by my...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 13, 10:05am

Nunatak Arc Specialist
For my first experience using a quilt, I was very impressed. I ordered this quilt in order to have more room because I like to sleep on my side and bring my legs up a little. Weighs only one pound and...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
August 13, 10:03am

Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr NANO Bivy Sack (Pertex Quantum)
Awesome is the only word to describe this piece of equipment. Had I not suffered a broken rib earlier this summer, I would have got to use this item of equipment earlier, but I spent a wonderful weeke...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 13, 10:00am

ZPacks Zilch
I just had a chance to use my new Zilch from ZPacks and found it to be a great value and I would give it a five if the closure held a little better. With a pad stuffed into the back pocket, I was not ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 13, 9:56am

Esbit stove and Esbit fuel cartridges Official brand...aus BRD
I have had reasonable success with the Esbit stove and fuel if I use a wind screen and a decent lid on the pot. I have also found the residue and odor to be somewhat unpleasant. I purchased a beer can...

In Stoves - Other
June 15, 10:53pm

Repel Lemon Euculyptus Insect Spray
Smells nice, works when there aren't too many mosquitoes around. Doesn't cut it for really bad bugs. Really, I've been using 100% DEET for over 35 years and I am okay; both physically and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 25, 9:07am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
I love this pad. It is lightweight and provides reasonable comfort. It works for my 5'10" frame provided I used my pack and other items for padding under my legs. I have used it successfully ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 12:54pm

Pentax Optio WP
Just received my new Optio W20 purchased through Amazon.com. Mine weights 5.4 ounces with the battery and card installed. Nice package, light weight, compact and, so far at least, excellent picture qu...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
April 24, 8:45am

Suunto Vector
I've had mine for two years and it has lived up to my expectations. It is large but once you wear it awhile you will get used to it. The watchband has been fine and looks as good as new. My only c...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
April 10, 10:34pm