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Don Wilson (don) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Koyukuk River, Alaska
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All Forum Posts by Don Wilson

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FF and Nunatak
I think much of the weight differential is in the shell materials and other features (zippers, etc). In my experience, the Nunatak is lilely to offer better warmth due to its more consistent l...

In GEAR » FF Hooded Helios vs Nunatak Skaha Plus: which is warmer?
November 18, 8:42am

Cocoon temps, etc
FYI, we are in the process of writing up the results from our recent BPL Wilderness Trekking course, held this month in the Beartooth mountains. Cocoon users should find this interesting, as the t...

In GEAR » Cocoon Conundrum
October 30, 7:36pm

Agreed - get wet
In summer, I wholeheartedly agree with the just get wet approach. I've hiked hundreds. maybe thousands, of miles with wet feet and never got a blister that I attributed to my feet being wet. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » fording rivers..crossing creeks
September 23, 6:21pm

R1 Hoody still in Spring lineup
I believe the R1 hoody is still in the product lineup for 2008. I love it too. Versatile, warm, excellent cut. I'll be taking mine on the BPL Wilderness Trekking course next month.

In GEAR » The best clothing combinations for backpacking or hiking?
September 11, 9:05pm

Re: Wild Coast Gear List
Mike - We will have a full gear and techniques article in a week or two (maybe this week). Erin and Hig have a lot of interesting homemade gear, and their journey will definitely push the limit...

In Editor's Roundtable » EXPEDITION: Journey on the Wild Coast (Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman)
June 10, 6:35pm

Re: Reducing One's First Aid Kit
For short trips I take ibuprofen, a knife and some duct tape. Plus a needle and thread. For longer trips, I add immodium, some butterflys, maybe some antibiotic cream. I experiment with f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Reducing One's First Aid Kit
May 22, 10:45pm

Re: enjoying backpacking
Stephen - For me, all of the above - I've changed my perspective, my gear and my technique. As Kevin mentioned, sleeping outside, sans tarp or tent has been one of the best benefits. I...

In Philosophy & Technique » enjoying backpacking
May 21, 7:59am

Re: Your Avatar
I've updated my avatar, so this is my second post on this thread. This time, the photo is myself and my daughter Megan, now 17, on the Koyukuk River in Gates of the Arctic Natl Park, AK. T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
May 10, 3:49pm

Re: Arctic Pack Roll Call
Me too. And I'm one of those now also looking at a packraft. The idea of sort of a land/sea/river expedition is very appealing.

In GEAR » Arctic Pack Roll Call
May 09, 2:44pm

Re: Six Moon Starlite and other ultralights
I've used the Starlite as my primary pack over the past two seasons. I like almost everything about it. Love the big outside pockets and the pad suspension. I've carried over 40 pounds i...

In GEAR » Six Moon Starlite and other ultralights
May 05, 7:55am

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm