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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).


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All Forum Posts by Jim W.

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Re: The SUL Mindset
I've barely embraced LW, let alone UL or SUL- but I think a lot of it is about mindset. Many years ago I came to a conclusion and made a pronouncement: "I can hike as far on a dayhike...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Mindset
May 08, 2:42pm

Re: What's so great about the JMT?
I'm tempted to badmouth it so people go elsewhere... but most of the JMT isn't very crowded. It's an iconic trail- I remember being a little kid and marveling at the Happy Isles sign...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 07, 10:31am

When to use a bivy?
True that a light tent isn't a weight penalty over bivy plus tarp. What I like about using a bivy is that "setup" is just throwing it on the ground it you don't need to rig the...

In GEAR » Noobie Bivy Questions
May 07, 9:52am

Re: Noobie Bivy Questions
I have two bivies. One is just a sack with no zip or net. It is very convenient, great at keeping my gear clean and keeping bugs off as ling as I wear a headnet. Problem is it's a bit smalle...

In GEAR » Noobie Bivy Questions
May 07, 8:48am

BV500 in GoLite Quest
I just recently got a BV500 and tried it in my 2011 model Men's Quest. I don't think it would work out horizontally. It's a super tight squeeze. Vertically it fits with loads of roo...

In GEAR » Women's Pack Advice - REI Flash 65 vs. Go Lite Quest 65?
May 06, 10:18pm

Re: Understanding UV protection
I think that regular clothing provides a lot more sun protection than the makers of special sun protective clothes want you to think. Treatments are available to boost the UV blocking properties...

In GEAR » Understanding UV protection
May 06, 2:09pm

Re: Reflectix as a pack frame?
It is way less stiff than a foam sleeping mat. I don't think it would work nearly as well well. I carried some inside my pack- about 4 thicknesses folded up- and it didn't seem like it ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Reflectix as a pack frame?
May 06, 12:36pm

Re: Camp Avi advise
The "free flowing river" valley shown in the third photo may be deep enough to deflect most, or typical avalanches, but possibly not enough to deflect a very large avalanche. Most aval...

In Winter Hiking » Camp Avi advise
May 01, 4:10pm

Re: Wool ...Worn For 100 Days--Kickstarter Project
Seems like he stayed away from dirt or heavy sweating... It does sound like a good project. I wear wool shirts or undershirts about 90% of the time so I'm already convinced about the raw m...

In GEAR » Wool Button Down Worn For 100 Days--Kickstarter Project
April 25, 8:47am

Re: Re: Calorie deficit to save weight. SERIOUSLY!
My brief experience is that I want about 1500 calories/day for the first several days of a moderate summer trip, then it ramps up to maybe 2500. If I'm pushing hard I want lots of carbs, if I&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Calorie deficit to save weight. :)
April 23, 4:31pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm