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Dale Wambaugh (dwambaugh) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest
About Me Native Seattlite, hiking and biking in the woods since I was a kid. Returned to backpacking a couple years ago and discovered the pleasures ultralight hiking-- it appeals to my gadgeteering nature and my aging body parts :)
CitySeattle
StateWashington
CountryUSA
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Re: late to the party...
I like a stiffer soled hiking shoe vs trail runners for the increased support and protection from stone bruising. They are still a far cry from heavy boots. In other words, there are lots of altern...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unsure about this conversion from boots to trail shoes
July 24, 10:18am

Re: cheap yet durable poncho/tarp?
$40 for a Terrapin (if the long backpacker version) seems quite the bargain, IMHO. They are typically more like $70. The long version is 9.6oz and you can buy a 7oz Golite for $60. You can get...

In GEAR » cheap yet durable poncho/tarp?
July 24, 10:02am

Re: Frequency of Pac NW rescues
The Seattle metro area has a couple million people within 50 miles of the PCT and dozens of trails between. You don't have to shake the tree hard to find enough idiots to keep a healthy SAR org...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 23, 7:57pm

Re: Millennials and the Backcountry
Scouting and many summer camp organizations help the process along, not to mention the Mountaineers and Sierra Club. It would be great to see a back-packing centered organization for kids, without ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Millennials and the Backcountry
July 23, 6:08pm

Re: Do you take along a musical instrument?
Dr Hal makes an ABS flute that sounds as good as my hand made cedar flute. Perfect for hiking. http://drhal.net/pages/flute.htm I'm a percussionist, so pots and other tin are always ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you take along a musical instrument?
July 23, 11:23am

Re: Low Weight
My main point is that the hammock is light because it is small. I find a larger hammock, say 120"x60" to be much more comfortable. A slightly larger hammock doesn't raise the weight o...

In GEAR » New Hammock Company, Made in USA, 5.2oz Single Hammock
July 23, 10:16am

Re: Spring and summer bike adventures
Bike racks are another expense and complication to owning bikes. We've been using a Thule trunk mounted rack that barely holds two bikes. Those strapped on racks scare me, with visions of looki...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Spring and summer bike adventures
July 22, 5:35pm

Re: Dream Hammock Darien
That is light! There should be a hammock article. And Papa Smurf rocks!

In GEAR » New Hammock Company, Made in USA, 5.2oz Single Hammock
July 22, 4:50pm

Re: How gross is it to you when people put their fingers in their...
I think we are becoming civilized past our intelligence. This is like soap electric dispensers sold as beneficial because you don't have to touch the dispenser. That doesn't say much for th...

In GEAR » How gross is it to you when people put their fingers in their...
July 22, 4:47pm

Re: New Hammock Company, Made in USA, 5.2oz Single Hammock
It's too small for anyone 5'8" or taller I think. 10'x5' is more like it, minimum. Their Single+ version is a much better option. The issue with 1.1oz ripstop is stretch and co...

In GEAR » New Hammock Company, Made in USA, 5.2oz Single Hammock
July 22, 2:40pm

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