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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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What to do with a pack at night
it sounds like some old school tradition. Other posters have referenced the Philmont practice which I have seen some Troops in California practice with some modification outside Philmont Namely...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » What to do with pack at night?
December 21, 10:04am

Ground Sheets
Prolite Gear sells spinnaker cloth by the yard that holds up pretty well. Much lighter that Tyvek but a bit heavier that polycro.

In GEAR » Ground Sheets
December 19, 4:06pm

Pack for both Travel and backpacking
To the question about how I use the MLD Burn. My use cases are point to point trekking, long day hikes, or occasional shortish backpacking trips that are loops where I return to the starting po...

In GEAR » Advice- pack for both travel and backpacking
December 14, 11:13am

Pack for travel and backpacking
Six Moon Designs made a dual purpose pack. I use my MLD Burn as a carryon. My wife uses her REI Flash for the same purpose. Seems like a ULA pack could also work.

In GEAR » Advice- pack for both travel and backpacking
December 13, 8:49pm

bamboo Charcoal socks
I suppose you could say bamboo rayon is a synthetic fiber manufactured from a natural, renewable source, cellulose. See As I said above, my bamboo r...

In GEAR » bamboo charcoal socks/clothing?
December 08, 11:51am

Bamboo socks
Cellulose from bamboo is suitable for processing into viscose rayon. I had a pair of dress socks. They were very soft and did not last long. Not sure about the charcoal....

In GEAR » bamboo charcoal socks/clothing?
December 07, 10:42pm

Stanislaus River- Mercury
I do not know about the Stanislaus in particular, but there is some recent evidence that the mercury from Gold Rush mining might be moving down stream. See

In Post-Trip Reports » Stanislaus River
November 21, 9:37am

Press the help Button
I have been using one carrier pigeon per trip as recommended by Rex in his very excellent three-part article. My wife appreciates the update on my progress and so far has not eaten the messenger.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pressing the help button: Drama on andromea
November 05, 9:45pm

Making a Cup From Ground Coffee
To the web site admin ****Please remove all references in this thread to instant so-called coffee.**** I personally tried 3 or 4 various cowboy methods and the method above extracted from M...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Making a Cup from Ground Coffee
October 30, 6:32pm

Making a Cup from Ground Coffee
I think I got this recipe from the BPL forum or maybe it was Mike Clelland's book Basically it is a deconstructed "french press" Use one coffee measure, french press grind, for ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Making a Cup from Ground Coffee
October 29, 11:48pm

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm