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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

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About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: Family tent in action
Beautiful work! I'm super jealous!!!

In Make Your Own Gear » 4 person family Tent
June 16, 12:02am

Re: My thoughts from the weekend
I have a friend who started an ultralight backpacking course in his middle school and when he and I were looking at gear for his program, we selected the Golite Hex shelters. Now the Golite Shangr...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
June 15, 11:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: NeoAir?
If it's cold, combining a thin foam pad with an air pad can be great. Or you could go with an Exped Downmat- you'll always be warm with this one- it's my go-to cold and winter pad. ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad general and specific to UL backpack
June 14, 7:20pm

Re: Re: NeoAir?
Oh boy- you couldn't be more wrong Zack! You run these air pads just slighly deflated and you sink in, giving you what is universally regarded as the most comfortable night's sleep possibl...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad general and specific to UL backpack
June 14, 1:28am

Re: Re: Safe UL Wind + Rain solution
Hi Dont, I agree with your DriDuck/windshirt combo. Great windshirt reviews and articles here: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/ss/Clothing%20-%20Wind%20Shirts/inde...

In GEAR » Safe UL Wind + Rain solution
June 14, 12:04am

Re: No-sniveller
Hi Jason, I wrote the No Sniveler review and you're right- I never saw the width as an issue. I'm a medium build guy- size large shirts at 6'1" tall. I'm a side sleeper to...

In GEAR » Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
June 13, 11:41pm

Re: Tape
beautiful project!

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Hex 3
June 13, 11:34pm

Re: "Tarp Size?"
8x10 is big for solo use but it sure gives a lot of coverage. Personally I like a catenary cut solo tarp or a poncho-tarp, depending on the trip. I use a bivy so a smaller size works fine. Some ...

In GEAR » Tarp Size?
June 13, 8:04pm

Re: Re: re: water
I'm like you Ankar- I grew up hiking in Washington where water is a non-issue. But after 20+ desert trips and living in Bryce Canyon for a summer, I've learned to respect the H2O. I alw...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 13, 7:53pm

Re: No-sniveller
I'm a moving side sleeper and I've found the No Sniveler to be fine for me, but I'm a pretty skinny guy. However I found the Nunatak Arc Ghost to be too narrow for side sleeping for me.

In GEAR » Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
June 13, 4:59pm

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm