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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Re: Boiling Water w/ Caldera Cone Keg
Jeff, in my limited experience with the Caldera Cone Keg using a Foster's can, it was easy to boil a full pot with 1 Esbit tablet. If that isn't enough you can always light a second. Good l...

In GEAR » Boiling Water w/ Caldera Cone Keg
July 02, 9:11am

Re: Backpacking Ideas for Crested Butte
Ryan, there are so many places within an easy reach of Gunnison. Try the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail for starters. Have a blast!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking Ideas for Crested Butte
July 02, 9:05am

Wow! Goose Feet are fabulous
Just returned from a week-long cycling trip in Colorado. While it's summer time there were still some cool evenings in the 35-40F range. I wore my Goose Feet while relaxing in the evenings. Th...

In Gear Deals » Down Socks
June 29, 5:36am

Re: Backpacking Oklahoma
Hi Nick. Where are you located? The easiest access from Tulsa is the Greenleaf Hiking Trail. Other ideas include Ouachita Trail and the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. For Scouts there are a c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking Oklahoma
May 23, 8:51pm

Re: Philmont Food
+1 There are many ways to prep freeze dried meals at Philmont. Al is dead-on, each crew needs to practice and find the technique that works for them. Bottom line is that there is no need at ...

In Philmont » Philmont Food
May 20, 8:14am

Re: Lightweight Philmont
Scott, welcome to the party at BPL. Please read some more about our experiences here with lightweight backpacking at Philmont. Here's a great start --

In Philmont » ULA Ohm for Philmont
May 19, 5:17pm

Re: Garmin GPS Maps
Bob, our first year we never had a need to even turn on the GPS other than to see if it worked. On last year's trek we left it at home. My experience is that Philmont's maps are good enough...

In Philmont » Garmin GPS Maps
April 07, 10:37am

Re: Buffalo River Trail - Early Spring
Brian, the Buffalo River Trail is one of my favorites. Great report. The snow can be a real surprise this time of year. I really enjoyed the tale of your trip. Phil

In Post-Trip Reports » Buffalo River Trail - Early Spring
March 25, 7:58pm

Re: Alcohol Stove Safety
Curtis, your written guide is excellent. We too have used alcohol stoves with older boys. My own experience with 11-13 year old boys is that they sometimes lack the focus needed to handle them safe...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Alcohol Stove Safety
March 12, 4:53am

Re: Sleeping bag
Hike your own hike, but the guidelines & recommendations sure push you to have a sleeping bag. Your ranger will have a fit if you plan to do otherwise. You want a happy ranger, don't you? ...

In Philmont » Sleeping bag
February 26, 7:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm