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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
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I didn't rehydrate the apple cobbler
The boys did it. I didn't watch. Worked great.

In Philmont » How did you rehydrate the dehydrated Apple Cobbler?
May 27, 10:03pm

Try a TiGoat Ptarmigan?
If you can't find an MLD Superlight, consider a Ptarmigan or Raven from Titanium Goat. They put in a short side zipper in my Ptarmigan for a moderate additional charge. I'm 6-3, 240 and ...

In Gear Swap » WTD: MLD Superlight Bivy, large
March 09, 9:12pm

Pillow sack
I put my fleece jacket inside this thin fleece stuff sack. I should probably sew something out of light cotton, because this weighs 2 oz.

November 09, 3:08pm

Which itinerary?
Hmm, Itinerary 4? Your route sure sounds a lot like ours. We were expedition 624-X, so we left the day you returned to base camp. The lovely weather continued for our trek. Itinerary 4 was very ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Philmont Redux: A Returning Scouter’s Report
October 25, 4:25pm

Connecting two trekking poles together
Rather than lashing the poles, though that is a time-honored Scout skill, use a Black Diamond Pole Link Converter. Easy to use, stable, $5, and 35g.

In Editor's Roundtable » Philmont Redux: A Returning Scouter’s Report
October 20, 2:37pm

BAK for first aid
You don't need alcohol sanitizer for a first aid sterilizer, BAK works fine. That is the active ingredient in Bactine. If you need lots of sterile wash, overdose some water with purification...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hand Sanitizers: My Journey Towards Discovering Best Practices for Wilderness Hygiene
September 12, 10:59am

Re: Hooray for Walter
Our 50 Miler was great, even though it was more challenging than expected, including three people heading home the second day with altitude sickness. For me, the high point was a crew discussion...

In Philmont » Kid and Dad are a handful
August 04, 10:45pm

Eat the Philfood
Leaving behind the Gatorade is not a good idea. You need the electrolytes when you are working that hard. I was hit by low salt a couple of summers ago at a camp in west Texas. I was drinking pl...

In Philmont » Philmont Food
August 04, 10:36pm

Answers regarding Scouts gear
1. Raingear. Ponchos are fine as emergency raingear. Eventually, they'll want something better. Oversized Frogg Toggs are fine, they'll fill out with a fleece jacket and the Scouts will...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » detailed questions regarding Scouts gear
July 14, 3:39pm

Pack checks
Sounds like a great trip. We have a few favorite 3-mile backpacking outings for the new Scouts. Tenderfoot requirement #1 is: "Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before goin...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » First trek with Scouts
July 14, 3:28pm

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