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John Haley (Quoddy) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale New York/Vermont Border
About Me I retired in October 2006. Previously a meteorologist for twenty years with the U.S. Air Force, an advanced skydiving instructor for the R.A.F., EMT, Ambulance Dispatcher, and an operations manager for a trucking company.

Regular wilderness and trail hiker. Presently in the SUL gear range.
(Sub 3 for three seasons)

I can almost always be found in the company of my Welsh Springer Spaniel, "Quoddy"...that's where I got the trailname Quoddy.
StateNew York
My Website URL
My PDF Gear ListQuoddy's Sub 3 Gear List for 3 Season's Plus

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All Forum Posts by John Haley

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Re: ZPacks Blast 26 for sale
Jeff... I just sent you a PM on the length. I had Joe add about .75" to the torso length between the shoulder strap attachments and the base of the pack. At 5'9" Joe uses the standard...

In Gear Swap » ZPacks Blast 26 for sale
August 16, 9:27am

ZPacks Blast 26 for sale
I have an UNUSED Blast 26 (Tall) with the following options: Winged cuben belt with belt pouches Detachable sternum strap Shock cord lashing Single ice axe loop Haul loop $150 Shipped Prior...

In Gear Swap » ZPacks Blast 26 for sale
August 16, 8:04am

Re: MLD grace solo + tarp vs. patrol shelter
I thought long and hard about the two over two years ago while planning a Colorado Trail thru. In the end I got the Grace Solo mainly because I wanted a more open feel. The Patrol, although having...

In GEAR » MLD grace solo + tarp vs. patrol shelter
August 07, 5:40am

Re: Your fav. UL backpack?
MLD Revelation... for hikes of four days or less. ULA Ohm... for hikes of more than 4 days.

In GEAR » Your fav. UL backpack?
August 01, 11:21am

Re: The Ohm needs a pad?
Gordon... A pad is not needed for structure at all, but I find that a thin pad between the gear and my back make's the Ohm extra comfortable. You can certainly get by without one. Packing bu...

August 01, 5:24am

Re: sit pad
Mike... There is a semblance of a slot in the pack, but not the same as a regular pad slot. I just place the pad in the pack first and then begin packing, while taking a little care not to move...

July 31, 7:42am

Re: back pad
After having used the Ohm for awhile now and depending upon what type of pad for ground use I'm using, I find that I usually end up using just a GG SitPad with the waffle side toward my back in...

July 31, 5:27am

Re: Hammock Tents
I bought my first hammock a couple of years ago, but have only recently refined exactly what I wanted in a hammock for long distance trail hiking. Based on my needs I chose the Warbonnet Blackbird,...

In GEAR » Hammock Tents
July 30, 11:23am

Seam Sealing DuoMid
I seam sealed my Spectralite DuoMid in my basement with Seam-Grip. Just hung it from a beam by the peak and used my finger to spread the Seam-Grip along each sewn, untaped portion. Took, maybe, 15 ...

In GEAR » seam sealing duomid?
July 30, 11:09am

Stove and Bottles
Tom... I figure that you were probably joking about the 2.7oz stove, but I actually do use a very lightweight alcohol stove on hikes of up to 3 days. I just find that the canister begins to have be...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Base Weight poll...
July 29, 5:39am

All Reader Reviews by John Haley

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Warbonnet BlackBird
I've used several hammocks and always had the feeling, "if only it had". Then I bought a Warbonnet BlackBird. The hammock was designed by, and is hand built by, a long time hammocker and...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
July 04, 8:40am

Mountain Laurel Designs
Having dealt with Ron Bell for several years and after purchasing tarps, shelters, bivies, and packs... as well as many minor products, I consider Ron's service, help, and products as good as it g...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 3:45pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
This is a perfect jacket, but the parka hood made me drop my score from a 5(+) to a 4. At 7.5oz for a Large, it's the lightest jacket I own, by far. Packs up smaller than a softball. Perfect over...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
December 15, 2:40pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I bought the 90 to use in conjunction with the MB pillow to make what amounts to a 3/4 mat. When I use it in shoulder seasons and into winter, I add a GG Nightlight Torso to the bottom end by punching...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 04, 12:28pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation
I had the chance to begin using my very lightest gear recently. Loaded up this pack with all my gear and food for a slightly rainy weekend. With two 20oz bottles of water the total packweight was 9.5 ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 29, 1:02pm

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I purchased a SPOT Personal Satellite Trackier unit from REI and activated it with GlobalStar for unlimited service on January 24. The product and service are almost totally useless for anyone who is ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 28, 9:39am

5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
I've had a chance to use the nylon canvas version of the 5.11 Tactical pants and have found them to be close to ideal. Slightly heavier than the Railrider's or REI counterpart, they are still ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 04, 4:40pm

Packafeather Featherfire
I've now had a chance to use the FeatherFire on several hikes and it continues to impress me. The adjustability of the flame is great and really allows for simmering after reaching a boil at the h...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 03, 7:32am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
Rather than write paragraphs concerning trying to get the actual product and color I'd ordered, let me just say that after three attempts to get the right item I'm still waiting. The only reas...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 31, 12:44pm

Titanium Goat Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I waited until after I completed my thru hike of the Long Trail to post this review. I wanted to take them through the wringer that this trail provides and see how they faired…the answer was varied. S...

In Trekking Poles
September 14, 7:32am