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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Guest

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.
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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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Steripen Freedom and Mophie PowerStation Mini
I am looking at the Steripen Freedom and wondering if the USB battery for my iPhone, the Mophie PowerStation Mini might be able to recharge it. Both are marketed as USB devices but the web sit...

In GEAR » Steripen Freedom and Mophie PowerStation Mini
September 15, 2:35pm

Inn to Inn Ireland
In May of this year I used Mac Adventures for a self guided coast to coast walk in the UK. They also do self guided trips in Ireland. I told them the route I wanted to take and the min and max ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » inn to inn -ireland
August 25, 10:44am

Looking for mid-top, non-Goretex, trail runners
My last pair of Patagonia Release Mids just broke apart. There seem to be almost no mid top, non GoreTex, trail running shoes on the market. Can anyone give me suggestions? I am trying a pa...

In GEAR » Looking for mid-top, non-Goretex, trail runners
August 18, 3:45pm

Canister Stoves and Noise
I have used the Primus Micron and the SP Lite Max and SP GigaPower. I would say they produce about the same amount of noise. SP Lite Max is the lightest but a bit trickey to fit on non SP can...

In GEAR » canister stoves
August 18, 2:44pm

Emigrant Wilderness-Fires and Camping
Sounds like a great trip guys. I will be at either up by Latopie or Wolf Creek Lake this weekend. I am expecting the weather to be warm but on the Crest, it can change quickly. On the prohibitio...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Emigrant Wilderness SUL Trip - July 13-14
June 29, 3:49pm

Ground hog minis
They work fine and grip in both hard and soft ground. Not cheap though.

In GEAR » MSR Carbon Core vs Groundhog Mini Stakes
June 28, 6:03pm

Philmont Tent Stakes and Tents
Sarah Kuhn reported on this site that the new Philmont tents are made by MSR and much lighter than the old style A frame tents. >>> "The 'new' tents are a custom construct...

In Philmont » tent stakes
June 21, 3:57pm

Rainshell Question to our UK based BPL'ers: PacLite vs GoreTex
My wife and I are walking the Hadrian's Wall Path, from Newcastle to Bowness. She liked the idea of Roman ruins and a Bed&Breakfast every night more than than the idea a ascending Ben Nevi...

In GEAR » Rainshell question to our UK based BPL'ers: PacLite vs GoreTex
May 12, 11:04am

Rainshell question to our UK based BPL'ers: PacLite vs GoreTex
I am getting ready for my long distance walk later this month in Northumbria. I can take my 10 oz ArcTeryx PacLite shell or a somewhat older and heavier GoreTex ACR shell. Although the long ran...

In GEAR » Rainshell question to our UK based BPL'ers: PacLite vs GoreTex
May 11, 3:34pm

Annual vs Forum Member???
My annual membership is up for renewal in June. I cannot see any reason not to switch to Forum membership? Can anyone tell me the difference in real benefits? Thx

In Chaff » Annual vs Forum Member???
April 16, 6:03pm

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm