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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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Pack for Snow Camping/Mountain Approach -- ULA Catalyst?
While I have gone to frameless packs for my three season packing, I have stuck with my trusty Osprey 60 liter Atmos for snow camping. Now I am wondering if I can go lower that the 4 plus pounds ...

In GEAR » Pack for Snow Camping/Mountain Approach -- ULA Catalyst?
January 17, 12:24pm

The Enigma
What is a shiftless baffle? Thought the whole purpose of baffles was to contain the down. I could not find a definition on the EE website.

In GEAR » Attention Enlightened Equipment Enigma quilt users!
January 05, 12:31pm

A new cottage gear company
I am not sure how big the market would be, but one item I have not been able to find from cottage manufacturers as stock, although someone could perhaps build it custom -cuben fiber pyramid tarp...

In GEAR » A new cottage gear company? Whaaa?
January 04, 12:43pm

Looking for help with Winter Sierra Nevada Snow Camping Survival Skill for Scouts
I am planning our Troop's annual snow camping trip for the older scouts. We usually go up to Yosemite, Alpine Lake, or Carson Pass. Snow shoe in 3 to 5 miles, build snow caves and camp out two...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Looking for help with Winter Sierra Nevada Snow Camping Survival Skill for Scouts
January 04, 12:03pm

Steps toward lightening -what would be the first piece of gear
Do you already have an electronic postal scale or kitchen scale that can measure down to grams? When I got started down the road to lightweight, I found just by measuring the weights of gear I...

In GEAR » Steps toward lightening the load
December 30, 1:05pm

Cone Peak- Junipero Serra Peak -Ventana WIlderness
if you want a long day hike, Junipero Serra is a pretty awesome hike: about 6 miles to the top. There is probably a bit of snow on the summit now. You are hiking in mostly Oak woodland. It fee...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Two Days to hike in Big Sur 12/26, 12/27
December 24, 12:19am

Cold weather/winter Survival shelter
I am not seeing how a Blizzard Bag is much different from one of the SOL bivvy sacks. Does the Blizzard bag provide some sort of insulation to prevent radiant heat loss? From the photos on the web ...

In GEAR » Cold weather/winter survival shelter
December 21, 3:18pm

Eh What to do with pack
'If Bear takes the pack.... Admittedly, the probability is low that this could happen, and I have never seen it happen but if it did, the bear would most likely shred the pack to get to the ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » What to do with pack at night?
December 21, 3:09pm

What do to do with pack at Night
@ M.B. >> How about because now instead of just losing your food to a bear, you lost your pack too. Makes it hard to carry your gear out if you know what I mean. >> Precisely!

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » What to do with pack at night?
December 21, 2:02pm

What to do with a pack at night
@ Caleb This question was posted in the context of a BSA Troop backpacking with what I assumed to be traditional gear. If it is just one or two folks with lightweight packs, I assume you coul...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » What to do with pack at night?
December 21, 10:53am

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