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Andrew Wilson (andreww) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.

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My 2c
A tarp is a very versatile shelter. (If you have any doubts, check out for a mind-boggling set of options.) Besides its light weight and mechanical simplic...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 12:25pm

Swiss hours, French hours
I hike on the Continent, where everything is tabulated in hours, not "milage" (kilometrage?). Theoretically this makes some sense, and despite different hiking paces, within certain regio...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you calculate mileage?
February 01, 4:13am

"Weatherproof" more than "waterproof"
I honestly didn't think about dust. Good points; although then the name should probably be "weatherproof" or something like that. Waterproof cameras, then, have other sealing options ...

In Photography » Waterproof cameras?
January 30, 3:36am

Enough said
I was thinking of posting my very wise input, and then I skimmed through the content above and realized that there's very little that hasn't been said. I will second the proposal that the m...

In GEAR » How powerful a light for road biking/commuting?
January 29, 11:48am

Repurposed muffin tin.
I was reading another post, and it occurred to me that if you cut out one "muffin spot" from a grande size (think Costco) muffin tin, it would be egg sized, superiorly lightweight, alumi...

In GEAR » Fry Pan?
January 28, 1:35pm

No to Naphtha
Naphtha is a mixture of highly volatile gases. I once burned an ounce or so of it off in my alcohol stove (to salvage the container, not for thrills, I swear) and it melted a piece of it, in additi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alternative Fuels
January 28, 1:30pm

Don't listen to salespeople
I used to be one. In a bike shop, though. I've hiked over many a talus field in the Cascades, all in running shoes. There's a technique to it: you don't have to step on sharp edges, ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Sierra High Route Video and Pictures
January 27, 3:09pm

Sulfates, moisture, price.
I'm afraid I can't answer your question precisely, but I can help you cull possible candidates. I've mostly dried my own for the following reasons. First, it's most often sulfate...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Best sources for dehydrated fruit?
January 27, 6:00am

Really necessary?
As a somewhat sheepish owner of a mediocre quality waterproof camera, and after two years and several thousand pictures with it, many on wet trips, waterproofness no longer very high on my backpack...

In Photography » Waterproof cameras?
January 26, 12:54pm

angry brother
My brother will never forgive me; my zeal was contagious among others of our expedition and he was left the only one able to drive our rental car through Zimbabwe. It's nice to take a break eve...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Who's planning a thru-hike?
January 25, 2:33pm

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