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Rick Dreher (halfturbo) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northernish California
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All Forum Posts by Rick Dreher

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Re: "Olympus news"
Hi Miguel, Congrats on the new camera, I hope you enjoy it! Yes, mine does make the sound--sounds to me like water running in a pipe, others have described it as a fan sound. I do hear it in qui...

In Photography » Olympus news
May 29, 7:11pm

Re: "Olympus news"
In addition to being the first weatherproof mirrorless body, the E-M5 seems to have closed the focus speed and accuracy gap vis a vis slrs. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1...

In Photography » Olympus news
May 29, 11:13am

Re: Olympus news
I don't think you'll be disappointed, it's a spectacular little picture-taking machine. My biggest surprise so far is the touchsceen shutter release. It's very fast and very liberat...

In Photography » Olympus news
May 26, 11:25pm

Re: CA People -- in the hole for $500 per person?
Current FY 2011-12 budget information is here (but please note: "summary" is 788 pages). http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/budget_faqs/information/#SummarySchedules Feel free to revie...

In Chaff » CA People -- in the hole for $500 per person?
May 15, 12:26am

Re: Ursack in Tahoe?
It's what I take. Cheers, Rick

In Pre-Trip Planning » Ursack in Tahoe?
May 14, 5:18pm

Re: Iceland Lake Route/Emigrant Wilderness
Hi Jay, Just don't do what I did and go in directly from the north. I found myself on increasingly steep slab that tested the adhesion limit of my shoes. It was not my happiest backcountry h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Iceland Lake Route/Emigrant Wilderness
May 11, 6:45pm

Re: Nikon P310
Hi Tom, I'll echo Miguel on the S100, although it's quite new and has not been discounted yet. The S95 deals were really good after the S100 was announced and there might be a few linger...

In Photography » Nikon P310
May 09, 11:27pm

Re: Nikon P310
Hi Tom, Slick enough little camera and I'm sure it's well made. Based strictly on specs, as I've not used one, it underreaches at that price point. Small sensor, high pixel count, no...

In Photography » Nikon P310
May 09, 6:48pm

Re: Camera comparison help
Hi Michael, They're two very different items and a nearly impossible comparison, like choosing between a kitten and a cantaloupe. The S100 is Canon's third-time-is-a-charm effort in t...

In Photography » Camera comparison help
April 24, 5:23pm

UL Creatures
Waste not, want not. Cheers, Rick

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
April 02, 11:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Rick Dreher

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Mountain Gear
I've placed a few orders with Mountain Gear, going as far back as when they were based in Idaho, and they've responded flawlessly each time. I admire the breadth and high quality of their sele...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 15, 2:03pm

Backcountrygear.com
I have to put in a plug for these folks, with whom I've shopped on line and over the phone, and who also have a store in soggy Eugene, Oregon. They have a great backpacking and climbing selection f...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:47pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
As another Seattle kid who loved few things more than pilgrammages to the Capitol Hill store, I still associate the smell of cresote with hiking gear. It's hard to imagine backpacking without REI. ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 20, 6:22pm

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I upgraded to the Micro Puff pullover after several seasons with the old Puffball pullover. Lighter, warmer, stuffs smaller--the Micro Puff is an all-around improvement to what was already a fine garm...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
November 12, 12:53pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Noting the shape isn't the most efficient for squeezing every btu from the stove, the MSR kettle remains a very good single-pot option. It packs nicely, works well with small to medium stoves, pours w...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 12:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
I find the Whisperlite to be MSR's easiest liquid stove to use, and certainly the nicest to lug, bulk and weight-wise. Simmering performance is best with a light touch on the fuel pump--try using l...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 20, 11:46am

Golite Hex 3
I've used a Hex 2, the 3's somewhat smaller brother, with good success for a few seasons. The quarters are a little snug for six-footers, but it's a minor concern. My main complaint is that the ventil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 28, 8:43pm