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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: Re: re: water
I'm like you Ankar- I grew up hiking in Washington where water is a non-issue. But after 20+ desert trips and living in Bryce Canyon for a summer, I've learned to respect the H2O. I alw...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 13, 7:53pm

Re: No-sniveller
I'm a moving side sleeper and I've found the No Sniveler to be fine for me, but I'm a pretty skinny guy. However I found the Nunatak Arc Ghost to be too narrow for side sleeping for me.

In GEAR » Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
June 13, 4:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Ergo grip trekking poles
Yeah- no worries. That should be fine with any shelter or tarp.

In GEAR » Ergo grip trekking poles
June 13, 4:56pm

Re: Ergo grip trekking poles
You probably mean the mild ergo grips like those from Leki. Those are fine. The more radical grips from Pacerpole are usually fine for tarps as well, although they usually require a bit more ef...

In GEAR » Ergo grip trekking poles
June 13, 3:44pm

Re: Warm layers at high elevations
Depends on where the climb is, but I'll assume it's cold and dry. In these conditions, a belay jacket is a great option. Something down or synthetic with a wp/b or water resistant out...

In GEAR » Insulating layers question
June 13, 3:40pm

Re: So it's really okay to stuff it down teeny-tiny? Or would you not risk it...
Hi Elizabeth, I never use compression sacks anymore. Besides the risk to the insulation, these bags are heavy. I always carry my insulation uncompressed- either in an XL stuffsack or at the ...

In GEAR » Compressing down: What's the science?
June 13, 3:33pm

Re: Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
I agree with many comments above. Quilts- lighter, more efficient warmth vs. weight, sleeping pad insulation on bottom is smarter, best for those who don't roll around a lot. Some quilts ar...

In GEAR » Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
June 13, 1:45pm

Re: Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
Hi Mark- Great articles here as well as many good reviews on the site including several Jacks R Better bags and many others (but you have to be a member):

In GEAR » Debate: Quilt vs. Bag
June 13, 1:38pm

Re: Just bought a Tarp... do I need a bug bivy?
All depends on the bug conditions Anthony. Here in Washington, I use bug protection from May to September or so. What you'll need totally depends on your situation. If you say bugs have never...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Just bought a Tarp... do I need a bug bivy?
June 13, 12:44pm

Re: Re: "Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning"
Interesting discussion. Most hikes, kicking back in the morning and taking my time is the whole goal. I love getting on the trail when I feel like it on those trips- camp time is the best! But...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning
June 13, 12:27am

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot
I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable. My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 17, 9:33am

clif shot bloks/jelly belly sport beans various flavors
These products both taste good and give good calories. That said, it's important to look at the ingredients: Clif Blocks Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
May 09, 6:48pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
BPL has the following reviews related to this tent: * Double Wall Tent Review Summary *

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 07, 12:15am

Golite Sun Dragon shoes
I just got off 3 days of backpacking on the Olympic Coast with these shoes and I love them! In my size 11-11.5 they weight 14.9 oz (compared to 13.1 oz for my Inov8 FlyRoc 310s). That's pretty...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 06, 2:35pm

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Here's our review of the Nightlight pad. If you're going Su...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 7:59am

Black Diamond Ion
I once liked this light but its day has passed and there's been no updates. The Petzl e+lite weighs the same, is much brighter, is much more versatile, and has longer batterly life. The Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 9:02pm

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
I've watched this DVD at least 6times now...even though I'm a seasoned UL and SUL backpacker, I've learned a lot from this DVD and really enjoy it. I've also shown it to a couple of f...

In Books and Media
March 01, 9:22pm

Big Agnes SL3
I'm not so enthusiastic about this tent. Here's my review: Big Agnes SL3 review...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 27, 5:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
If you haven't tried Larabars yet, you should. They are so darn good. So it's not suprising that when Larabar decided to make the new Jocalat chocolate-based energy bar, they'd stick wit...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:23pm

Big Sur Bars Original
All 3 varieties of Big Sur Bars are delicious. They taste like a soft, healthy cookie and remain soft when the temp drops (although like all bars they will freeze). They also pack 680 calories i...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 25, 9:11pm