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Steven McAllister (brooklynkayak) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Steven McAllister

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Pearls for backpacking in the rain
One of the biggest problems seems to be with people who hate the rain. Trying to avoid getting wet is a psychological handicap that can be a big problem. Best to assume there will be rain and...

In Philosophy & Technique » Pearls for backpacking in the rain
January 04, 3:02pm

100 years in tuolomne...
Re: "True that, but the much bigger impact of 19th-century mining was the making of charcoal to smelt ores" This is one of the most common forms of deforestation during the 1700 to 180...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 100 years in tuolomne...
January 01, 7:09am

My 2013 Top Ten List of Adventurers Doing Things Outdoors (*usually with a backpack on)
One of my favorites: desertpaincave.blogspot.com

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My 2013 Top Ten List of Adventurers Doing Things Outdoors (*usually with a backpack on)
January 01, 6:33am

Hammocks and back issues
I sleep on a very firm mattress at home for back comfort reasons. I tend to move from back to side, to back to other side all night long when I sleep in my bed or on the ground. Combination of...

In Hammocks » Hammocks and back issues
December 31, 10:57am

hanging a hammock in the garage?
I just received a Vivere Universal stand yesterday. I went that route because it is relatively light and portable. I wanted something that I can use when at the cabin or car camping in other loc...

In Hammocks » hanging a hammock in the garage?
December 31, 10:44am

Hooded or non hooded baselayer for cold weather running
I'm generalizing here, bu it seems to me that people who have a lot of hair on their heads don't understand and don't like hoods. Those that have none or very little hair on their h...

In GEAR » Hooded or non hooded baselayer for cold weather running
December 27, 4:25pm

Bivy advice from you, the BPL experts
I have recently been favoring a couple shelters, but I am splitting hairs There are others that do basically the same thing and you have some good ones listed as possibilities. If I am always gr...

In GEAR » Bivy advice from you, the BPL experts
December 27, 2:00am

Stickers and tents
The only worry requiring a bug net is in scorpion country. They are attracted to warm places. Shoes and sleeping bags/quilts are a prime destination. Their sting can be very painful and last for...

In GEAR » Sticker bushes!! Help!!
December 23, 7:09am

Sticker bushes
The more experience you get hiking in those kind of areas, the less problem you have. You tend to focus on your path more and take breaks only in certain areas. I bring a Large Tyvek ground c...

In GEAR » Sticker bushes!! Help!!
December 22, 8:13am

Best way to setup 8x10 tarp
Jeff, Your modified A-frame pitch is a common pitch in snow. You can go a little lower in the front and or block the door a bit with a poncho, jacket, umbrella and/or pack if spindrift is goi...

In GEAR » Best way to setup 8x10 tarp
December 22, 6:56am

All Reader Reviews by Steven McAllister

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RailRiders Eco-Mesh Clothing
I wear both the shirt and the pants when sun and/or bugs are an issue. They are light, well ventilated and flexible. Mesh ventilated sleeves on the shirt protects arms from bug and sun. Loose fi...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 5:25pm

Melanzana micro grid hoody
Grid fleece is more hydrophobic than standard fleece, but not quite as warm without a shell. Great for cool days. Put a wind shell over the top and you have a warm combination that breaths well and k...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 08, 4:53pm

Integral Designs Silcoat Cape
The biggest complaint that people seem to have about this cape is that it doesn't extend below the knees. I personally prefer this as it works better when hiking in rough terrain or when wearing ...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 08, 10:12am

Mountain Laurel Designs Monk Tarp Spinnaker
This makes a great summer or emergency ultralight shelter. Add a bivy and it could be used year round. I had problems with the durability of the spinnaker version. A couple tie-outs are starting to...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 10:00am

Six Moon Designs Serenity NetTent
Although most people use this combined with the Gatewood Cape, I have used it many times under an Oware Alphamid and I'm sure it would work great under many other pyramid shelters. It is lighter...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:50am

Equinox 8 X 10 silnylon tarp
Although it has grommets instead of tie-outs, the grommets are reinforced and can take abuse. It has mid-point tie-outs that help make it a more versatile shelter. A great step up from the stand...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:41am

Integral Designs Siltarp 2
A good all around tarp. It does not have any mid point tie-outs like Oware and others have. This limits your pitch options, but if all you use is an a-frame or flying diamond pich, this is perfe...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:28am

Oware Flat Tarp 2.5
You will not find a more flexible shelter. Square shape and multiple well placed tie-outs means more pitch options than most shelters. 9'x9' means big enough for a variety of conditions. ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 08, 9:23am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
The GG Spinnshelter has much of the flexibility of a flat tarp, but easier pitch in a storm-proof mode. It sheds wind well and is fairly roomy when pitched high. You may not be able to fully sit ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
May 25, 9:48am

Gatorade Bottle
On problem with sports drink(Gatorade) bottles is that the cap is made out of a different more brittle material. I have experienced the caps breaking many times from being dropped when full of water. ...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 18, 5:24am