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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).

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All Forum Posts by Jim W.

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Re: Calorie deficit to save weight. SERIOUSLY!
From the PCT List: The Twin Heresies of Demetri Coupounas (No-cook food is the first heresy, light shoes the second) Food on the JMT: "As an experiment, I tried carrying 100% raw, no-...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Calorie deficit to save weight. :)
April 23, 4:24pm

West Coast Trail (Vancouver Island)
We did the WCT about 15 years back. We were subjected to plenty of horror stories about mud and slippery logs both in research and at the trailhead briefing. Having never backpacked along the c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » W Coast Trail vs. W Coast Trail?
April 22, 10:20am

Adding pit zips
Not cheap, but specializes in modifications to outdoor gear.

In Make Your Own Gear » need pit zips installed
April 19, 10:35pm

Re:JMT: VVR to Whitney Portal. Average # of Days?
I didn't stop at VVR, but took 2 days from the Edison junction to MTR then 7 days to Whitney Portal. Doing VVR to WP in 7 days means doing two passes each on a couple days. My stops between...

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT: VVR to Whitney Portal. Average # of Days?
April 17, 4:39pm

Snow level Sierra.
At Whitney last weekend the snow level was about 10,000' on north facing slopes and 14,000 on south facing slopes. At Mammoth the week before it was more like 9,000' on south facing slopes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's the snow line like in Yosemite / Sierra Nevada's about now?
April 16, 10:35pm

Re:Impact of Wind on Insulation Loft
Great report, I've gone to thin wool, medium fleece, then puffy insulation as my layers for mountaineering. (Here in California the puffy stuff is only when resting). Alpine skiing I genera...

In Editor's Roundtable » Impact of Wind on Insulation Loft
April 16, 5:22pm

Canister stove jet vs. valve limiting flow?
Obviously you want vapor going out the jet, not liquid, whether the canister is upright or inverted. The valve though will see liquid when the canister is inverted. I played around with a Jet...

In GEAR » Remote Canister stove Recommendations
April 16, 1:16pm

Melting Fast! Re:Early Spring Eastern Sierras
Skied Mammoth the first week in April, then hiked Whitney last weekend 4/12-14. I've now been up Whitney the past four Aprils. This year there is WAY less snow than even last year. Althoug...

In Winter Hiking » Early Spring Eastern Sierras
April 15, 3:18pm

Test links
Product websites- we ordered both from Amazon Grassfed Organic Ghee [url=

In User Test Forum » TEST LINK
April 15, 12:50pm

Bulletproof Trail Coffee
I have been looking at options to increase calorie density lately. Reading a friend's blogs about trekking in the Himalaya and drinking yak butter tea led me to "Bulletproof Coffee" a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Bulletproof Trail Coffee
April 15, 10:35am

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm