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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).


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All Forum Posts by Jim W.

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"Space" blanket
I say use one of the original type "Space" blankets. Used as a sunshade with the silver side up, it blocks 100% of the light and probably 90% of the sun's heat. Description of th...

In GEAR » Material for shade tarp?
May 31, 10:09am

Re: Base weight vs. pack weight: UL cook system as a case study
Packaging for consumables isn't base weight, but you do have to carry it. Reducing the weight of my pack the first couple of days is far more important than that on the last day of a trip. ...

In GEAR » Base weight vs. pack weight: things overlooked in an UL cooking system
May 29, 11:50am

Sleep aids- Soft bed and free breathing!
Full-length Thermarest 40'th Anniversary pad (2" thick), a pillow of some sort, and Breath-Rite strips on my nose help a lot. I have used Benedryl when I really wanted a solid sleep. I...

In GEAR » Take any meds to fall asleep after a medium size hiking day?
May 22, 11:06am

Re: Noob Question: Adding Bug Mesh to a Tarp
Hand sew with big looping overcast stitches along the edge. Maybe 3-4 per inch. Use a fairly small needle. It will go fast and will be very easy to remove if you change your mind. http://www.se...

In Make Your Own Gear » Noob Question: Adding Bug Mesh to a Tarp
May 22, 8:06am

Re: WTB: M.Y.O.G. materials / pot cozy / chair advice
Which music festival? We're going to Strawberry in 2 days (by car). I love the Cascade Designs pad chairs, but mine is old and nearly 16 ounces. The new ones claim 7 oz. (20" Compackt...

In Gear Swap » WTB: M.Y.O.G. materials / pot cozy / chair advice
May 21, 10:18am

Mosquito/Fly netting vs. No-See-Um
Mosquito or fly netting is about 200 holes per square inch, Noseeum is about 600. I agree that for my use I would rather have the bigger holes, but all my tents have the windproof stuff. Edit: ...

In GEAR » Mesh/Net
May 20, 12:42pm

Any thoughts on Montrail Mountain Masochists or Innov-8 Flyroc 310?
I want shoes for hiking with midweight pack for a family trip this summer. (me at 185 + pack at 30 pounds) We will be hiking a popular 211 mile trail, which is well maintained but often quite rocky...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
May 17, 9:48am

Re: Anyone else going to the Mile, Mile and a half premier?
Bringing the whole family. Hope to get them jazzed for our August JMT hike. Jim

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone else going to the Mile, Mile and a half premier?
May 15, 2:04pm

Re: JMT this year?
Do you want to do it this year? If so then go for it. -We're doing it in August. July would probably be better. -Most of the lakes will be as full as normal, but outflow will be low. -Me...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT this year?
May 14, 9:20am

Re: TetraMid- Re: one hand shelter...
On Ozzy's comment: Black Diamond's carbon pole from the Mega Light is adjustable. The top section is aluminum with a brilliant angled ferrule and jam washer. I can't find a pic onlin...

In GEAR » Easiest shelter to set up... with one arm?
May 13, 1:35pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm