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Benjamin Smith (bugbomb) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me My first "lightweight" trip involved me tossing gear and spare clothes out of my external framed pack the night before a trek in southern Colorado. Now, I experiment with and design (my wife calls it "twiddling") some simple, lightweight gear and carry loads that have become dangerously flirtatious with the SUL barrier.

In south Texas, if you're a hiker, biker, or runner, you don't have to deal with elevation or cold temps. However, you do have to like the feeling of sweaty silnylon next to your skin on a 100 degree, 90+% humidity day.
CitySan Antonio
StateTX
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Benjamin Smith

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Another option
My uncle has a good approach here: be so good at what you do (architecture/contracting) that your boss has no choice but to either pay you what you're worth or let you work 3-4 days a week and ...

In Chaff » What career allows for time to hike? Help!
August 20, 6:48pm

Fritz on removing the grate
I contacted Fritz (Bushbuddy maker) to ask him about Bushbuddies with removable grates. Here is his reply, posted with permission: "I have not made any stoves with a removable grate. Althou...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy
August 13, 8:23pm

Re: re:Should BPL go metric?
Tony, Rest assured that BPL staff is watching this thread with great interest. The "Forum Heat" section of the newsletter was excluded last week because the newsletter was prepared in ...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 12, 2:33pm

Re: 2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
The byline for the article referenced in this thread has been changed. It was incorrectly attributed to Doug Johnson - the correct author is Matt Eckhart.

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
August 03, 6:50am

2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Down Quilt REVIEW
Companion forum thread to: 2007 Jacks '€˜R'€™ Better Old Rag Mtn Down Quilt REVIEW

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Down Quilt REVIEW
August 01, 6:35am

2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
Companion forum thread to: 2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
July 24, 8:20pm

Kahtoola FLIGHTsystem REVIEW
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In Editor's Roundtable » Kahtoola FLIGHTsystem REVIEW
July 24, 8:05pm

Re: Caldera Cones - who knew?
Hi Sharon, Great list! This will be very helpful to many people. My pot is an MSR Titan Kettle when I'm using a Bushbuddy. When I'm going lighter, it's the FireLite 500. I like &#...

In GEAR » Chart Comparing Titanium Pots
July 23, 9:26pm

Re: Re: gearlist
Hi John, I think that this article demonstrates the necessary flexibility of all types of lite, from ultra to uber. As some posters (Vick Hines, Michael Wands) have pointed out, in south Texas (...

In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light
July 23, 9:04pm

Re: Enjoyed the Kid's article
Hi Seigmund, Take a look at Jay's MontBell VersaLite 20 SpotLite

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids
July 20, 12:41pm

All Reader Reviews by Benjamin Smith

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Platypus Platy Reservoir
I use the 4L Big Zip as my in camp water supply and for carting extra water through dry stretches (here in south Texas, the whole hike is typically a "dry stretch"). While I find the cap ang...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
July 15, 12:10pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've slept on this pad and on the similar POE Max Thermo (both full-length). The BA is more comfortable for back sleeping, and the POE is more comfortable when side sleeping. There's something...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 7:42am

Backpacking Light FireLite 500 Titanium Cookpot
I waited until I received the updated lid before posting my review, so my rating applies to the pot with the new "GOOD" lid, not the old "BAD" lid. My old lid didn't seat flush...

In Cookware - Titanium
May 07, 7:44pm

MSR Titan Kettle
I used this item on my recent Sawtooths trip. It worked great - stable, tight lid, strong - but I have one dilemma. I am a boil-and-set type cooker. This means I'm only boiling a cup or two at a time,...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 06, 4:46pm

New Balance 872
Weight - 12.7 oz Size - 9 EE Color - screaming, bright, obnoxious yellow So after years of wearing ill-fitting shoes, I decided to go in and see what size my feet really were. I typically wear 10...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 24, 5:19pm