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Barry P (BarryP) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
About Me Electrical Engineer by trade. Hobbies include recumbent bike riding, magic, piano, music compostion and of course backpacking.

Backpack monthly with scouts or other small group. Love the exercise and alertness it brings. Ray Way caught my eye in 2001. My load lightened. Because of that, able to go faster, farther, AND still smell the roses. Love the lightweight insight on this forum. I'm also a Teva sandal backpacker. My feet love them.
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Re: what's better for your knees: stiff soles or, well, less stiff soles
“…my left knee has begun to ache a bit on downhills; never has before..” +1 on the trekking poles. Those really help the knees. Stiff soles or flexible soles? I don’t know. I've h...

In GEAR » what's better for your knees: stiff soles or, well, less stiff soles
April 22, 10:38am

Re: Down Sleeping Bag Question
Compression sack sounds risky, but stuff sack is fine--- as pointed out above. There are several styles to packing, so another +1 on this method: Use a stuff sack. It frees up a LOT of volume in y...

In GEAR » Down Sleeping Bag Question
April 22, 10:00am

Re: Life of trail runners
“…and they are losing tread …” Even though I don’t use trail runners, I think the same applies to all footwear: The softer the tread, the better the-wet-rock grip (and even dry-rock g...

In GEAR » Life of trail runners
April 22, 9:41am

Re: Does anone still use tyvek as a ground cloth?
I use the indoor window wrap. The outdoor wrap is about 50% heavier—though tougher. And I cut it big and let it shrink in the sun before I go out and use it. And March and April is when I find it...

In GEAR » Does anone still use tyvek as a ground cloth?
April 19, 5:50pm

Re: sp600
“A simple tealight is ultra-efficient, ultra easy, and ultra cheap with the SP600,” M B, I like your idea of adding foil tape to increase its height/volume. How does the t light do at 0F? ...

In GEAR » SnowPeak 600 - stoves
April 18, 11:02am

Re: PCT method
A lot of interesting ideas here. I sure would like to see the raccoon pull up a food bag. Or if you throw another 5 lbs of rocks in with your 5 lbs of food, I’d be surprised he/she could pull up ...

In GEAR » Raccoons...
April 16, 2:17pm

Re: stakes OOS
Yea. Once I got the newsletter email, I snagged some of those. I'm guessing they were gone in an hour. Thanks Lawson, again, for putting up some good deals! -Barry

In Gear Deals » Titanium Ti-Hook Stakes $1.00ea
April 10, 1:09pm

Re: Synthetic Puffy vs Fleece: To me the fleece still wins
Stephen and Doug – those are good finds. I didn’t know Eddie Bauer made such a nice jacket; I’ll have to check them out. Thanx. “Until there a synthetic puffy that insulates while compre...

In GEAR » Fleece reconsidered
April 10, 1:01pm

Re: Fleece reconsidered
Just to add a little bit more to my post above, I’m also a heavy sweater since my clothes become stained white form sweat surfs- any time of the year. So I know how fleece is much appreciated for...

In GEAR » Fleece reconsidered
April 10, 8:36am

Re: Fleece reconsidered
I’ve never had the problem of my softshell not breathing. I’ve enjoyed the 11oz Montbell Action Thermawrap. It’s lighter than a midweight fleece, warmer than a midweight fleece, compacts more...

In GEAR » Fleece reconsidered
April 09, 5:24pm

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