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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
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Lightweight on the cheap
Your first purchase should be a copy of "Lighten Up" by Ladigan and Clelland. $12 and it will teach you a system of how to pack lighter. Read tha...

In Gear Swap » New backpacker to the community
March 04, 7:32pm

Coiling thin rope
> Anyone have any suggestions on how to handle/wrap/store this thin rope so as to avoid tangles? Learn the figure eight coil. That does not put a twist in the rope. For shorter ropes, lear...

In Philmont » Philmont bearbagging
February 17, 11:08am

Frost at Truchas Lake
Decades ago, my dad and I had frost at Truchas Lake in the Pecos, right next door to Philmont. That lake is at 11,400. I expect it was sometime in July.

In Philmont » Sleeping bag
February 12, 6:12pm

Ask on Philmont list
You are likely to find more info on this on the big Philmont mailing list.

In Philmont » Baldy in Early June
February 12, 6:08pm

TrailStar in Scotland
Colin Ibbotson loves his TrailStar. Review here, with some nice photos that show the interior room: Colin is an expert tarp camper...

In GEAR » MLD Speedmid question.
February 05, 11:04pm

Speedmid in the rain
If you want to sit up inside, a taller pyramid might be better. My buddy and I laid down during the afternoon hail and rainstorm. The bottom of the Speedmid is 9 feet square, and it is set up wi...

In GEAR » MLD Speedmid question.
February 05, 10:59pm

Carrying things because of fear
I like Doug Prosser's observations that people carry things because of fear. Once we realize that, we can address the fear with planning. For example, if I know that I can walk out in a day ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Be Prepared, Not Equipped
January 27, 11:17pm

The Cave
Your second pitch is one that I use a lot with my flat 8x10 tarp. I call it "the cave". It is very quick to pitch. Here is a video showing the process:

In GEAR » Pitching a Tarp In Wind
December 31, 1:20pm

Tarping in Scotland in the winter
Read Colin Ibbotson's advice on tarp camping in Scotland in the winter. Scottish winter weather has to be in the top three for worst camping weather in the world.

In GEAR » Pitching a Tarp In Wind
December 31, 1:13pm

An Akubra hat was my hiking and in-town hat for years, until I left it in a restaurant. It looked a lot like Indiana Jones' hat. These days, I've settled on a Tilley LTM6. Big brim, stay...

In GEAR » Sunday Afternoon Hats (are great).
December 30, 9:15pm

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