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Casey Bowden (clbowden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Berkeley Hills
About Me In 1999 I rode a bike from Oregon to Virgina using lightweight backpacking methods from Ray Jardine's book, Hiking the PCT. My first backpacking experience came 1 year later and I have been hooked ever since.
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Re: What do you sleep in?
Last summer I hiked from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows and went to sleep in wet/clean clothes each night. Specifically, I put on my damp/clean underwear and shirt before bed, plus dry sleep sock...

In Philosophy & Technique » What do you sleep in?
December 14, 11:38am

Epic Jacket at Steep and Cheap
Steep and Cheap has a Mountain Hardware Cohesion jacket for sale for $64. The stated jacket material is Epic! Anyone have experience with this jacket. I assume it will not be fully waterproof as...

In Gear Deals » Epic Jacket at Steep and Cheap
November 14, 12:58pm

Re: No Stretch in Rain?
Michael, The folks a GG are not prone to hyperbole. If they say Spinnaker fabric doesn't stretch when wet I believe them.

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear / Tarptent Squall Classic Tent REVIEW
November 08, 6:44pm

Kevin, In 1999 I rode from Oregon to Virginia using many lightweight techniques from Ray Jardines PCT Handbook. My gear was so spartan that I could lift my bike/gear over my head. Several year...

In Other Activities » BICYCLE TOURING
October 26, 3:06pm

Re: 1 oz. grill
Brilliant, A much cheaper option, although heavier, is to replace the titanium rods with stainless steel bicycle spokes. I have used spokes for some time to support my pot with an alcohol stove...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 oz. grill
October 19, 4:08pm

Re: What's Everyone using for a Sleeping Bag PAD. Z-lite etc.
John, Try a Gossamer Gear torso length Nightlight pad (3.5 oz) paired with a GG 19.5" x 59" x 3/8" pad (5.3 oz). Put your feet near the bottom of the 3/8" pad then put the torso pad on it, dimp...

In GEAR » What's Everyone using for a Sleeping Bag PAD. Z-lite etc.
September 21, 12:58pm

Re: Layers???
I agree with the previous comments but would add the following: Try the simplest solution first. For me, that means my torso covering garments are: 1) a short sleeve synthetic shirt, 2) ...

In Gear Lists » Layers???
September 11, 1:03pm

Sonora Pass to Tuolumne
Thank you for sharing your photos. I plan on doing the same trip over the Labor Day weekend. What do you think the snow conditions will be like? Did you use crampons or an ice ax for your trip? ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip pix: PCT south from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows
July 27, 8:50am

BMV Vapr Bivy For Sale
Brand New BMW Vapr Bivy (Pertex Quantum) for sale for $150 including shipping anywhere in the lower 48. I purchased the bivy from the BPL used gear sale for $100 expecting it to be used but it was...

In Gear Swap » BMV Vapr Bivy For Sale
July 24, 9:39am

Optical Zoom
Summit CO, Thanks for your input. I posed my question based on my experience with my 2 megapixel Nikon Coolpix. Its 1600x1200 pixel resolution produced very nice 8"x10" prints. If a 6 MP came...

In Editor's Roundtable » Camera Selection Basics for the Lightweight Backpacker
July 14, 5:47pm

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