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Chris W (simplespirit) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale WNC
About Me I backpack and packraft, and sometimes teach both. I bicycle and ride a motorcycle. Sometimes I run. Sometimes I do Yoga. I have wilderness medical and whitewater rescue training. I can be a bit of a gear junky, although I seem to read more and buy less these days.
CityAsheville
StateNC
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://getlostoutfitters.com
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Re: goretex socks to prevent dirt from getting to your feet?
Is this complete sarcasm? Or meant to be serious? I've used GTX socks during winter in combo with plain mesh trail runners and tall gaiters. The combo works far better in those conditions th...

In GEAR » goretex socks to prevent dirt from getting to your feet?
August 14, 12:55pm

Re: Replace your energy bar with a Cookie!
Way too much processed crap in there for me. I've pretty much quit all store-bought bars except the Lara variety that have minimal ingredients (usually dates, nuts, and maybe some other fruit).

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Replace your energy bar with a Cookie!
August 14, 10:16am

Re:
Purple blaze Ohm 2

In GEAR » ULA Packs: colors and materials
August 13, 9:52am

Re: food weight for 5 days
"2 kg (70 oz) of food for five days are clearly not enough." Depends on the person. Metabolisms vary significantly. Mike C! has thoroughly tested food weights and advocates (last I che...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 3: M-SUL Base Weight Gear Lists
June 05, 8:30am

Re: Re: What's your light or UL internal FRAMED pack?
"I just wish I could have a color other than white!" Email HMG. There's a small upcharge, but they may still have some black available.

In GEAR » What's your light or UL internal FRAMED pack?
June 02, 4:45pm

Re: People over-react and under-react to potential dangers
Well, you're assuming "exposure" means hypothermia. It could mean frostbite, etc. I also don't think a coroner is going to generally rule "exposure to cold" as a cause o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 29, 8:18am

Re: Re: Re: How many packs and shelters is too many?
"Man, don't let Ben hear you say that." Yeah, it's blasphemy on here. I guess that makes me a "gear heretic".

In GEAR » How many packs and shelters is too many?
May 29, 6:55am

Re: How many packs and shelters is too many?
Just say no to gear lust. Before it turns to gear glutton. :-) I won't buy a piece of gear anymore without selling something first. My wife, dog, and I are usually out together. Occasion...

In GEAR » How many packs and shelters is too many?
May 29, 6:46am

Re: How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
Going back to the OP- "But if the weather turned they would get hypothermia and die. It's really that straight forward. You get wet and you die." That's a completely untrue ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 29, 6:12am

Re: hypothermia
"the problem with hypothermia is that many people dont know the symptoms" Agreed. Shivering doesn't instantly mean hypothermia. Neither does cold hands/feet (mine are cold all the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 28, 5:36pm

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