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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
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Removing a crew member
I removed a Scout from our 50 MIler crew after a shakedown. His mom was pretty angry, but he didn't go on the trek. We consider emotional maturity and teamwork a safety issue. Adults have fi...

In Philmont » Kid and Dad are a handful
July 13, 8:12am

Mountain Treks
We met three Mountain Trek crews on our trek, two female and one male. For some Mountain Trek participants, it is their first time backpacking. About half of one of the female crews were wearin...

In Philmont » Philmont Trekking for Women
July 13, 7:55am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unpackaging Philmont Food
A pair of 2 liter pots seems really small. We had a 6l pot and two 4l pots for our crew of ten (crew 624-X, itinerary 4). We filled them up several times, especially when cooking extra food from sw...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
July 12, 11:46am

Gerber LST
Yep, I've been using a Gerber LST as my everyday and backpacking knife for years. $16, 36g. That weight is with a bit of cord tied to it so it won't slip out of my pocket by accident. Basic...

In Editor's Roundtable » Benchmade 530 Folding Knife Review
July 07, 6:08pm

BSA and alcohol stoves
The BSA forbids homemade alcohol stoves. Alcohol as a fuel is "not recommended", but it is not forbidden. So, commercial alcohol stoves are within the range of allowed stoves. I ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The 45-Year-Old Boy Scout
June 09, 5:29pm

Modify your bivy?
You should be able to shape the foot of your bivy. Turn it inside out, mark a triangle along each side, sew and trim. You can tape it to try it. If you want to buy new, the Titanium Goat bivi...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Minimalist bivy/bag cover
April 02, 1:58pm

Tundra Tarps
Check out the Tundra Tarps from Cooke Custom Sewing. Lots of tie-outs, plus a neato "quad loop" for securing a center pole. And you can choose the color. http://www.cookecustomsewing.c...

In Gear Swap » WTB: 8x10 tarp
March 25, 9:55pm

Alps gear, Speedmid
The Alps Orizaba pack is single-size and only works for smaller people. The other packs are adjustable. Alps makes durable gear that isn't too heavy. If you want to stay under $200 without K...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
March 25, 3:35pm

Patrol, not troop
The troop and Scoutmaster should not have much to do with this. It is a patrol decision. Get together with your patrol and choose what patrol gear you will carry. Share that fairly, which might ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Solo Tarps and Gear
March 25, 3:17pm

Hand-me-down mids
If you find a Mega Light, I'm interested in your Megamid. A 3-person tent would be really handy for our Boy Scout trek at Philmont. I already have BD pole link converters for trekking pole s...

In Gear Swap » WTB: BD Mega Light
March 25, 3:06pm

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