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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Re: Dog Quilt
I've posted this before, but: This wasn't too cold a night, & the fleece vest worked fine. On really cold nights I use a poofy vest, synth or down. If it's that cold, the dog...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dog Quilt
December 31, 10:21am

Re: coupling sleeping bags
Works well to a point. A warmer bag for the colder sleeper is handy... if only they made quilts like that for the bed at home! No real down side to matching zipper; if it's deep cold & you&...

In GEAR » coupling sleeping bags- cold weather camping, yeah or nay?
December 24, 8:37am

model of stove
In most conditions I use less than a mass ounce of alcohol in my Ti Tri/Caldera. Normally a bit under 0.75 oz. Some time ago I did weight efficiency calcs & found that for my purposes, canister...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove efficiency
December 24, 8:16am

Re: Ultralight sleeping bag recommendations?
"Hello. I am in the market for a new synthetic sleeping bag." Ok. I won't give you any more down bag recommendations :P I'll second Eric though on a Cat's Meow. If you w...

In GEAR » Ultralight sleeping bag recommendations?
December 21, 4:33pm

Re: as it gets colder do you need a thicker mat or is there a limit?
I took a base-camping winter trip with a girlfriend once when we were expecting temps well below 0*F. She got my subzero bag, I used my 0*F bag. Temps bottomed out around -10 to -15*F that night, &...

In Winter Hiking » as it gets colder do you need a thicker mat or is there a limit?
December 21, 10:15am

Re: MB -vs- MH -vs- FF
Hooded Helios all the way. eVent shell could be nice if you'll be in weird weather, sleeting "snaining" stuff. But I think you'd be fine in almost anything with the normall shell....

In GEAR » MontBell vs Mountain Hardwear
December 21, 9:55am

Re: Freestanding tent recommendations: BD Firstlight???
Hi Franco, yeah, I figured... :) Still waiting for a diagram or string structure from you showing how to pitch the Scarp w/poles inside (wait, actually, do I remember something along that line?)...

In GEAR » Freestanding tent recommendations: BD Firstlight???
December 21, 9:45am

Re: shirt
Josh, probably a combo... 22*F can be a pretty warm day when you're snowshoeing. I generally prefer a thinner base, 150-ish. A windbreaker or windbreaker vest can be key. Your lower layers can ...

In GEAR » Chilly Weather Moisture Management
December 21, 9:33am

Re: Chilly Weather Moisture Management
There is no way you could be under heavy exertion wearing all that at 0*F without seriously messing yourself up. At most in 0*F I'll wear a 150wt wool & a 300-ish wool under a shell when on...

In GEAR » Chilly Weather Moisture Management
December 20, 2:38pm

Re: Freestanding tent recommendations: BD Firstlight???
I wouldn't recommend the Ahwahnee since it weighs about 7 pounds. For a little extra length, you could check out the BD Eldorado; adds 5 inches in length to an I-tent, weighs 5 pounds. The fabr...

In GEAR » Freestanding tent recommendations: BD Firstlight???
December 20, 2:10pm

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