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James Patsalides (james@patsalides.com) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale New England
About Me British fella living in New England. Restarted hiking kick early in 2009 after a lot of years off. Trying to get my 3 year old out on the trail as much as possible. Goals are to hike at least twice a month, every month, with at least one overnight, and ultimately to thru hike the AT by the time I'm 50.

+ Leave No Trace Master Educator.
+ SOLO certified Wilderness First Aider.
+ BPL Wilderness Skills School Alum.
+ Learning/leadership/creativity consultant in real life.
CityManchester
StateConnecticut
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by James Patsalides

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re: Need a Cooking System ...
How about considering just taking 7 esbit tabs and a little piece of Ti or Al to sit the esbit on to burn it (unless you can get ahold of some fireproof material to sit it on???). Then, use a SUL w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Need a Cooking System for a specific situation
May 25, 12:48pm

re: Not Your Eyes!
David, I think you can see the seams on the inner bug net... I had to look twice too, and I have "eagle eyes". It is deceptive, if you didn't check it, the photo makes it look like i...

In GEAR » Hubba Hubba HP vs Carbon Reflex 2
May 25, 12:41pm

Pack liner vs. Pack cover
Contractor bags are similar to compactor bags, perhaps half way between a regular garbage bag and a compactor bag. I've tried the home depot brand contractor bags and they were OK, bigger than ...

In GEAR » Pack liner vs. Pack cover
May 25, 8:08am

Shots of the Week: May 17-23rd
Rog, That's an awesome campsite in Cornwall... years since I was there. :-) Peace, James.

In Photo Gallery » Shots of the Week: May 17-23rd
May 25, 8:00am

re: Trekking poles-who uses them?
My poles are part of the lightweight solution, for me. I have the gossamer gear LT4s (short) at ~3.5oz each. I use them almost all the time while hiking, although occassionally I do need to car...

In GEAR » Trekking poles-who uses them?
May 25, 7:56am

re: Carryon luggage for a camping trip
Theresa, You might also check out LL Bean... (gotta love their life time guarantee!!!)... they have excellent ballistic luggage, I have the "wide-mouth" set for traditional travel. Great...

In GEAR » Carryon luggage for a camping trip
May 25, 7:42am

re: NEED HELP - EUROPEAN MEMBERS CHECK IN
Juston, Hey! I'm heading to England on Friday, and will be checking our a pair of Treks for myself... I'll take a look there and see how much they are in GBP. I'd be happy to carry ...

In Chaff » NEED HELP - EUROPEAN MEMBERS CHECK IN
May 24, 11:48am

re: A philosphical question: BEIGE?
Notwithstanding those who love beige... Beige is the parent color for the following exciting color choices: "drab", "buff", "tan", "ecru", "khaki&quo...

In Philosophy & Technique » A philosphical question
May 24, 11:18am

re: New England (5 Night Max)
Great list... one suggestion - how about replacing the Montbel Inner with an insulated vest - shave 2ozs... I have a BPL Caccoon UL-60 vest which I love for summer night toastiness. Enjoy!

In Gear Lists » New England (5 Night Max)
May 24, 10:03am

re: Cuben Fiber Hammocks
These hammocks are beautiful. Hate to see such a lightweight option taken off the table for the appropriate tree hanger... FYI, my ENO hammock has (I think) a 250lb rating on the hammock itself...

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber Hammocks
May 24, 9:32am

All Reader Reviews by James Patsalides

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Aquaclip Aquaclip (black)
This little piece of plastic is unbelievable. It clips onto your plastic water bottle (aquafina or smartwater etc), then slides over your belt, pack strap or clip, sternum strap... wherever! If you...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 9:37am

Berghaus C7-65+10
Used this bag for a couple of years on numerous hiking trips BEFORE getting into lightweight backpacking. As an example of a traditional backpack, it is one of the best out there. Berghaus' biof...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 20, 12:54pm

IKEA Plastic Cup (Orange)
This super-cheap lightweight plastic cup form IKEA has become a core part of my cooking and eating system. The cup weights 1oz, and is insulating enough to use for tea or coffee, as well as cold drin...

In Cookware - Other
December 20, 12:36pm

Glaceau Smart Water 1 Liter bottle
I started using these bottles in the late summer and I love them. I now have 3, 2x 1L and 1x 0.6L version. Two of them fit perfectly into the side pocket of my golite jam, or one slides perfectly do...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 20, 12:28pm

Berghaus Tech T Long Sleeve
The Berghaus tech T long sleeve base layer is a top quality lightweight synthetic base layer designed by one of Europe's premier gear manufacturers. This is a summer base layer, roughly equivalen...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
December 15, 11:22am

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp
The SpinnTwinn has now become my primary tarp for solo use. The quality is outstanding, perfect stitching, strong tie-outs, the new cord locks are great. Matched up with 8x titanium nails and my LT4 t...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 10, 7:35am

Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
First, I have to state for the record that this is my first quilt, so my review may be biassed by my happy transformational transition from bags to quilts! I have used this quilt as part of an in...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
December 08, 7:57pm

Golite Jam
If, like me, you're starting the journey into SUL backpacking, this is the perfect starter pack. Good size for a multi-day, but not so huge that you are tempted to put extra stuff into the pack. A...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 10, 11:34am