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b d (bdavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
About Me Happy to find this site. Camping, hiking, whatever - love kayaks and have a bunch of foldables if people are ever in the area and want to use one - including a Klepper double which is great for taking gear and two people anywhere, including by sail in low wind conditions. Spent so much time reviewing all the posts and articles here over Thanksgiving I thought I would fill in some blanks. Me and partner live a few miles from Lassen peak on Hwy. 44 if you want to look it up and are in the area. Welcome to use our home as a base.
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All Forum Posts by b d

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Re: Bushwhacking Gear: Heavyweight Fabrics and Compatible Construction Techniques to Improve Clothing Longevity for Off-trail Bushwhacking
How does the eVENT fabric fit into all this? I am new to "gaiters" and like the Integral Design eVENT gaiters. It did occur that they might not stand up to a rattlesnake, but no way t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Bushwhacking Gear: Heavyweight Fabrics and Compatible Construction Techniques to Improve Clothing Longevity for Off-trail Bushwhacking
January 03, 5:52pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: 1.25 lbs per day
I am reminded of what my father taught me, and made me live by sometimes. He was both a Green Beret and was a half indian, Native American. He grew up pretty rough and lived pretty rough, sometim...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 1.25 lbs of food per day?
January 02, 5:20pm

Re: Wise Women Go Light
Thank you so much for that report on a trekker's vision quest. I also have had asthma chronically in the past so know what that means. But, the honest blow by blow descriptions of real people...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wise Women Go Light Pt. I
January 02, 4:40pm

Re: Ozone? Global Warming?
pj et al., I think the real issue, and in China for example the underlying issue is population (I speak of China having been there and being involved in China 'politics' as a young, far ...

In Philosophy & Technique » I like nature- I am a dirty, crunchy, organic-eating, bike-riding hippie.
January 02, 4:21pm

Re: FS: 2 Alpacka Rafts
I am interested in the Alpacka raft, what color is it? bd

In Gear Swap » FS: 2 Alpacka Rafts
January 02, 3:32pm

Re: Re: Winter tent stakes
I have been thinking the same thing, or kind of thing John. I am going to try the four corners of a gallon milk bottle, and went to OSH to see what they had in a commercial grade aluminim or light...

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent stakes
December 30, 6:38pm

Re: Re:It Came
Got it. Now waiting to read it until I decide what to buy with the Xmas, end of year discount. bd

In GEAR » BPL Issue #6-How Long?
December 30, 6:35pm

Re: Lessons learned in 2006?
Short answer: trust the people here at BPL to give good, solid, experience based, and scientifically validated advice -- many special thanks to pj, Bill F, not so Crazy Pete, Roman Dial-up, Nichol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lessons learned in 2006?
December 30, 6:30pm

Re: Re: Re: 1/8" Thinlight
The 1/8" GG pad was one of my first investments in "UL" gear. Just to be safe I also bought the thicker pad at the same time, I think 3/8" a few short months ago. The 1/8&qu...

In GEAR » GG ThinLight R-value
December 30, 1:02am

Re: FS: Lots of stuff - closet cleaning
Colby Z, I couldn't get an email to go through to that email address. I am interested in getting the Reed pants, if they are still available. bd

In Gear Swap » FS: Lots of stuff - closet cleaning
December 29, 8:24pm

All Reader Reviews by b d

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Outdoor Products Hall Pass Day/O'Nite Pack
I picked up this pack for $20 US at a Big 5 to experiment with (Campmor has it listed at $14.99). The thought was to see if it would do for a day, a night, and a day camping trip. Here it is packed,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 29, 1:22pm

Gorillapod SLR
I rarely bother to review items I would not use or which deserve less than a 4, but this chain caught my eye. Owning a GorillaPod for SLRs I can't recommend it for a person trying to go UL. So I...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
January 27, 7:32pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
January 27, 6:30pm

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
I have been using the same piece of Reynolds aluminum foil for a windscreen and a food prep area for about 6 months, maybe 8 now. It held up well and is light weight. It is important to get the heav...

In Stoves - Other
January 26, 7:54pm

BMW Stealth 0 NANO (6x8) UL Tarp - 4.2 oz. Catenary Ridgeline
I don't think I could have found a better tarp to learn with and from. It is fragile compared to heavier fabric tarps, but it is precisely for that reason that it is a great learning tool This...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
January 26, 7:05pm

Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava
I entirely agree with Craig S.' review. I carry this item with me everywhere once the weather turns cool or cold. I wear it over or under my Mountain Hardwear Micro beanie, and both of them unde...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 26, 12:59pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
These are a real find. I was waiting for the BPL Gear Shop to get them back in stock and am glad I waited. My partner got a pair of gloves from another New Zealand supplier and although they are gre...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 23, 8:35pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Jacket (Women's)
This is a piece of gear my partner obtained. But, it also works for me. She got a large to wear over other items, and it fits me fine as well. It is well made and is warm, but not too hot in cold...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 23, 8:16pm

OR DryComp Summit Sack
A few short months ago I never thought I could use a frameless pack. But, testing out systems and hiking more, because my pack weight was going down as my familiarity and technique with gear and the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 21, 8:05pm

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
It has taken some time, and a lot of winter boredom, to get to trying out chemical water treatment systems -- goal: reduce weight w/o gagging on the water after treatment. So after studying here I fi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 21, 7:10pm