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John Taylorson (heyjt) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale SoCal
About Me Backpacking since high school, trail-guided in collage, then took a 25-year break after hauling a 35-pound pack. Today, I am 25-pounds lighter (my pack that is) and now enjoying sub-10 base weight weekends and week-long treks while teaching Scouts the joy of doing more with less.
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Gabrielino Trail -- Doable?
Does anyone know if the Gabrielino Trail from Chantry to JPL is passable? I plan on doing the 28 miler this weekend solo but not sure if it's possible after the fire. Thoughts anyone?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Gabrielino Trail -- Doable?
October 04, 12:04am

Re: But which one is warmer?
It's actually Aqua Mira mix green

In Gear Deals » Great deal on Stoic Hadron 850-fill goose downjacket just $55.65 and free shiping
June 29, 5:34pm

All Stakes 25% Off for one week only!
All stakes are on sale for 25% off regular pricing at Gossamer Gear. Ti-Stakes $1.85ea

In Gear Deals » All Stakes 25% Off for one week only!
June 29, 8:32am

Re: Spinnaker cloth...
I used it to make a ditty ("10 Essentials")bag and a few other small bags for other people. I intentionally purchased non DWR material so it would breath better.

In Make Your Own Gear » Spinnaker cloth...
June 11, 6:38pm

Re: Re: Yep, It's Waterproof... for the most part
I sure do! ;)

In Make Your Own Gear » $10 Tyvek coveralls converted to 2.95oz jacket & 1.73oz chaps.
June 07, 5:33pm

Re: Tying Shoes
I like the idea, and they will be more substantial in camp. I do, however, like the ease and simplicity of slipping on the shoes rather than lacing, for those quick walks to water the trees.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Camp shoe
June 07, 8:12am

Yep, It's Waterproof... for the most part
Rusty, I made a jacket from the same Tyvek jumpsuit; I bought mine at Home Depot for about $9. I wore the jacket during a serious downpour for about an hour. The only places I got damp were the ...

In Make Your Own Gear » $10 Tyvek coveralls converted to 2.95oz jacket & 1.73oz chaps.
June 06, 11:26pm

Lightweight Shelter Lamp
I also bought a handful of key chain LED lights from Dealextreme. I think I paid less than $5.00 for 10ea. I sewed a small bag out of white spinnaker ripstop, added a drawstring, LED light, a sm...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lantern
June 06, 11:01pm

Flimsy but functional at less than 2oz
I used to use Crocs but they are heavy and bulky. I wear trail runners backpacking and simply loosen my laces in camp. Since I use my trail shoes as part of my pillow "system," when I nee...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Camp shoe
June 06, 10:31pm

Neoair for sore hips
I still own (and sometimes use) my old, 1984 Thermarest. My wife broke down and bought me the Prolite, which I liked, but my hips got sore from side sleeping. I gave it another week of sleeping and...

In GEAR » Sleep pad for side sleepers.
April 04, 8:14pm

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