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David Bonn (david_bonn) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale North Cascades
About Me Semi-retired computer geek, sometime employee of the National Parking Lot Service, fluent skier and hiker.

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All Forum Posts by David Bonn

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Re: Re: clove hitches? (was Re: Re: re;)
I'm missing something. I tie a clove hitch by making two loops, folding them one over the other and then putting the loops over what I want to hitch over. So "untying" a clove hitch is merely...

In GEAR » Tarp Book
August 17, 8:23pm

clove hitches? (was Re: Re: re;)
So why are clove hitches for tying off guy cords a terrible idea? I tie off guy cords with a clove hitch a couple hundred times a year. So far nothing really terrible has happened to me.

In GEAR » Tarp Book
August 17, 6:04pm

Re: Re: My ursack failed
One of the problems with bear spray is that it doesn't really hurt the bears. Heck, humans can get tolerant to pepper spray. Spraying bears a lot would probably produce bears that were at best sl...

In GEAR » Ursack failure
August 17, 12:07pm

Re: I started the fire, said she..
What is it with people? If you are so clueless and irresponsible that you start a forest fire, you aren't an outdoorsman -- you are a spoiled child playing with matches. This year I have enco...

In Philosophy & Technique » I started the fire, said she..
August 08, 8:30am

Re: bivysack without any tarp
The big problems are (1) how you get in or out of the bivysack while it is raining, and (2) like any waterproof/breathable material, a bivysack is a lot less breathable (or not at all) when covered...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bivysack without any tarp
August 05, 8:25am

Re: Ideal Solo Tarp Size?
I don't think fabric weight makes a whole lot of difference in ideal tarp size. Well, maybe a lighter tarp ought to be pitched lower and wider for wind resistance (which would argue a lighter-weig...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ideal Solo Tarp Size?
August 03, 10:00pm

Re: Pocket Rocket Adapter
The outdoor product I really, really want to see. Propane is widely available and much, much cheaper than canister fuel. The problem is that propane is stored at much higher pressure (usually a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pocket Rocket Adapter
July 25, 8:45pm

Re: Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
Depending on how warm it is, maybe no pants at all are a better solution. I also like lightweight wind pants like Montane or Montbell sell for wet rainy days. The pants get wet but they dry out...

In GEAR » Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
July 23, 10:15am

Re: Expert Answers How Safe is Ultralight Hiking?
One of the problems with both the gorp article and a lot of the replies here is that opinions and personal experiences are extrapolated as facts. I know of no studies that show that people carry...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Expert Answers How Safe is Ultralight Hiking?
July 20, 2:04pm

Re: Suunto X9i
You can get several weeks of battery life on the trail (or in travel mode) if you don't use the GPS very much. It is a spendy gadget. I ordered mine primarily for track skiing (where it works g...

In GEAR » Suunto X9i
July 07, 10:36am

All Reader Reviews by David Bonn

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Western Mountaineering Summer Coupler
I think the big killer for me and my so was that it was made of cotton. It needs to be made of some very light synthetic instead. Once again, a great idea with poor execution.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
August 26, 9:09am

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
One other thing that I think is good is that the stretchy fabric is relatively thin -- this means that if you are exercising you can still wear the hat in quite cold weather, and if it is wicked cold ...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 25, 1:56pm

Superfeet Performance Green
Thirty bucks is a lot of money for an insole. But it is way cheaper than knee surgery. I've been using them religiously for four years in everything but rock climbing shoes and backcountry ski boots...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 09, 11:02am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
Lightweight, simple, doubles as a pillow. This pullover is a wonderful evolution of the original puffball pullover.

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 09, 10:55am

GoLite Phantom Jacket
Awesome light jacket. Enormous pit zips help ventilation a lot. High pockets let you stash gloves and trail mix where you can get them without taking your pack off. A little heavier than some more ...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:53am

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I don't go anywhere without this pullover. For everything from groomed cross-country ski tours to weeklong climbing trips to long-distance backpacks. This is probably the most useful item of clothin...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
August 09, 10:51am

Patagonia Specter Jacket
Wonderfully light. Waterproof. Reasonably breathable. More expensive than my first car (and more waterproof too). The big pockets help venting a bit, but it doesn't (in my opinion) vent particul...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 09, 10:49am

ULA Equipment P-1
I've used my P-1 since March, with several trips up to two weeks (with resupply) and trips as long as seven days without a resupply. I like the side pockets a lot. I'd like them better (and give t...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 09, 10:43am