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Robert Kelly (QiWiz) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale UL gear @
About Me I dream of thru hikes but work and family get in the way. Am familiar with most OH and western PA trails; Isle Royale; a little of Rocky Mountain NP; AT from Springer to Hot Springs; some of Monongahela in WV. Have also been on PCT in Yosemite and Mt San Jacinto area in CA and Mt Jefferson area in OR; Bailey Range in Olympic; Wind River Crest in WY. Pack weight 8-12 pounds in all seasons. Happy Trails.
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Feedback is a gift
Thanks for the suggestion. I may be able to put this in place in the near future. In the meantime, the video clip on the Kits page on my site should make all the options more clear, but please cont...

In Gear Deals » New Year, New Gear - Killer Deal on Complete Cook Kits
January 14, 8:58am

New gear introductory pricing on Kits and Kit Components in effect until end of January
Well, another year is here, and I've got more new gear. I've listened, and I'm delivering. Specifically, I've added a second pot size option (1000 cc aluminum) and a larger capacity...

In Gear Deals » New Year, New Gear - Killer Deal on Complete Cook Kits
January 13, 5:47pm

Feet growth not just on thru hikes
I've done more backpacking in the last 5 years (about 1800 trail miles, 300-400 per year) than I did previously. During that time, my hiking shoe size has gone from 11 4E to 11.5 4E to 12 4E. M...

In Philosophy & Technique » Long distance thru hikes and feet growth / swelling
January 06, 3:15pm

March 1 vs March 31 - very different
If early March, I think you need more insulation when not hiking then you are bringing, unless you are just planning on getting in your nice warm sleeping bag if you get cold (and you have a nice w...

In Gear Lists » AT (March departure) layering system question
January 06, 3:00pm

I'll take them
if still available. Email sent.

In Gear Swap » FS: Like New MLD Rain Chaps, SilNylon, Large
January 03, 10:12am

Great report
I'm looking at a JMT thru next year in early September and was planning on taking about 3 weeks, but your faster transit time is making me rethink my planned mileages, especially for the second...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yet another JMT trip report
December 31, 3:42pm

an oversized down bag is the key to winter warm sleeping with a light pack
My advice is to get an oversized, high loft down bag that lets you wear additional layers including a down jacket inside of it without compressing the loft above you. In cold weather, you just get ...

In Winter Hiking » Why I don't use my outer clothes as part of my intended sleep system
December 31, 10:55am

"winter" is not the same everywhere
In the eastern woodlands, it means daytime high temperatures typically from 20-40 degrees and night temps from 10-25 degrees. The system I use and like is this environment begins with an Icebreaker...

In Winter Hiking » Recommendations for a winter backpacking jacket.
December 31, 10:48am

How about this solution?
I've ordered some of this 20 mil self-fusing silicone tape to try out. I think it might be another option. Don't know how much wight it would add. What does the brain trust think of this id...

In GEAR » IMUSA mug, hot handle, heat shield tape
December 31, 10:34am

Nicely done
I admire your ingenuity. How do you attach the basswood handles? Keepin' it light at:

In Gear Deals » FS: Ultralight and Super Ultralight Saws - Free Shipping to BPL members
December 30, 1:37pm

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