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Chris Bell (Hobbit) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale PA Wilds
About Me I am 53 and have been 4 season backpacking since a teenager. As I age I've had to lighten up the pack to keep my milage up. Typically I hike about 15 miles a day. Presently I carry about 8 lbs base weight and my hips and knees are happy. Many THANKS to this site to discover ways to drop the weight. There are numerous trails close to home, Suquehannock Trail System STS, and often backpack the weekends right after work on Friday. Chris aka Hobbit

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All Forum Posts by Chris Bell

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I'll take it
PM sent - I'll take it if still available. Thanks

In Gear Swap » FS: Ti Tri for Evernew 900 ml pot mug (ECA 267)
February 27, 3:16am

on the way
I've got a couple pairs on the way. The low heal lift on the Inov8 shoes makes them the only ones I can wear mile after mile. Thanks for the tip!

In Gear Deals » 48 hour Inov-8 Sale Running Warehouse
February 23, 11:20am

PM sent
PM sent. I'll take it if still available. Maybe just maybe the wife will go camping.

In Gear Swap » FS: Tarptent Double Rainbow in Like New Shape
January 18, 10:11am

I know I'll never be able to hike such a long distance. But its reports like this that take me there! Thanks so much.

In Post-Trip Reports » Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike 2011
December 23, 10:57am

Exped Synmat UL 7 on sale
Mountain Gear has the Exped Synmat UL 7 on Holliday sale, both the small and medium sizes. Last I looked $115 and $124 - also 2 day shipping is free.

In Gear Deals » Exped Synmat UL 7 on sale
December 21, 9:18am

wet wood
Bryce Had to laugh when I followed the video link. Heber and I backpack together and forgot that he had made that video. Thanks for the reminder. We were out on the West Rim Trail in Pa this ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wood stove you carry a "real" knife?
December 07, 7:36pm

Winter boil time
Typically the boil time just about doubles with my bushbuddy during the winter. The apparent dry wood still has a higher moisture content than other times of the year. I carry a mora knife, ab...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wood stove you carry a "real" knife?
December 07, 6:46pm

Fracking & STS
Just a quick summary, In Potter County where almost all of the STS is located there are no wells near the trail. Tioga County to the east has a great deal of activity but so far non right near the...

In Pre-Trip Planning » STS potters county PA
December 07, 11:13am

STS Web Site
The only maps I know of are the water proof set, 3 of them printed front and back, that come with the orange guide book, Chuck Dillon. Then there are large maps, 2 of them printed front and ba...

In Pre-Trip Planning » STS potters county PA
December 07, 3:13am

trout etc
Yes, Plenty of native trout in several areas along the way. Also some of the streams are stocked with rainbows. I hike the loop once a year whether I need to or not When to hike depends on ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » STS potters county PA
December 05, 5:33pm

All Reader Reviews by Chris Bell

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Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Great comfort when inflated somewhat soggy - about 10 puffs of air. The air channels are fairly pronounced "rounded" and you may be distracted by the feel of the "valleys" in betw...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 6:35pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
This is the warmest pad I have. I've slept plenty warm down into the 10 - 15 deg F range. Durable - I've used it directly on frozen ground without issues but certainly would not recommend it...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 6:01pm

GoLite Ether Wind Shirt (Wisp HP)
I’ve been using a Golite Ether Wind Shirt since Fall 2007 mainly for wind protection and shedding rain/snow from my inner layer of 200 wt fleece. I’ve discovered this winter, when hiking, I can stay ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 29, 7:42pm