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All Forum Posts by Russell Swanson

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Re: Re: Re: steak
Roger, The meat gets chopped, seasoned, goes into a freezer bag, and is frozen almost immediately. This is usually done the night before I leave while I am packing my other food items. Because...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Steak!
September 09, 1:29pm

Re: Lions, tigers, bears, Oh my!
Very true Reginald. There are certainly parallels between the bear/mountain lion discussion in this thread and BPL as a whole. Most backpackers carry far more than what they need in more ways tha...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 09, 1:21pm

Re: Not trying to start an argument
Its sometimes difficult to reply on an internet forum without sounding inflammatory, which wasn't my intent. No argument intended. I'm simply trying to encourage others to use facts and l...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 09, 11:11am

Re: Re: Thinking About Bears and Cougars
@Miguel- Taking a backpacking trip to the Serengeti would be definite cause for concern. Lions do definitely kill people in the African bush. And won't hesitate to do so. As would, I suspect...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 09, 7:23am

Summerlitie
The Summerlite has a full length zipper, with draft tube. The Highlite is hte only bag in the Extremelite series with a half-zip.

In GEAR » Montbell Sprial Hugger #1 vs WM Ultralite
September 08, 6:02pm

Re: steak
I do this often. Using a Bushbuddy will be ideal. I have a BB knockoff that I use to facilitate a slow-cook method. Here's what I do- I buy a good cut of steak, like filet or strip steak....

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Steak!
September 08, 4:19pm

Re: Re: Nonsense
Stephen- Haha true. Good old Charm City can be a challenging front-country environment. But my friend was referring to the 'creepy feeling' she had when the path got a little narrow and a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 08, 2:59pm

Re: WM bags are great, just be sure they are wide enough
This is true. The WM bags are cut slim. I'm 6 feet even, and broad shouldered and I like the WM bags but others of similar size find them too tight. When backpacking, decisions are based o...

In GEAR » Montbell Sprial Hugger #1 vs WM Ultralite
September 08, 1:37pm

Re: Re: Ups and downs of wood
I made a knock off of the Bushbuddy to see what I thought of wood stoves, since my favorite part of car camping is cooking bacon cheeseburgers over wood charcoal. I can to the same conclusions you...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ups and downs of wood
September 08, 1:15pm

Re: Montbell Sprial Hugger #1 vs WM Ultralite
IMO You simply cannot do better than a WM bag at the present. I own the Ultralight and it's been nothing but fantastic. I own an older, 700 fp, Montbell SS bag that didn't seem true to the...

In GEAR » Montbell Sprial Hugger #1 vs WM Ultralite
September 08, 12:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Russell Swanson

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
This is a little dated as the new Ether series has since replaced my POE pad but I still feel the review is relevant due as a statement about the company. First, the pad is comfortable, so I won'...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:48pm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Compact
I'll be posting a similar review under the POE Max Thermo regarding the quality of the pad. First, the pad is as comfortable as advertised, so I won't go into details about this. My comments ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
September 29, 11:41pm

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I also had difficulties securing the seal on the on the OP Sak in both a Bear Vault and an Ursak (w/aluminum liner). The OP Sak is square and the bear containers are round. Perhaps a better design w...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 22, 9:42am

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
I don't need to add to the comments about the jacket's usefulness and breathability. I practicaly live in mine on the trail. I'm dinging the perfect rating down to a 3/5 for two reasons;...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 03, 4:33pm

ULA Conduit
A lot of superlatives have been already said in the above reviews and I don't have a lot to add, other comments about the pad sleeve. It was clearly designed to accept self inflating 3/4 length p...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 11, 10:57am

REI Quarterdome
If you must have a double walled tent, this one is hard to beat. For the price, you're getting a great package. I've had the Quarter Dome for a few years now and it's been quite a serv...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 21, 5:18pm

ULA Equipment
Aside from Brian's phenomenal products (which are well documented), I recently had a great experience shopping with ULA. While researching a new pack purchase, Brian Frankle my emails to ULA Equi...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 14, 1:58pm

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
Ok, I'll admit that I'm posting this review just to see what it does to my BPL rating. Oh the vanity! I bought this bag sight unseen, based largely on Western Mountaineering’s reputation within th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 30, 6:02pm