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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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BPL email: roger@backpackinglight.com
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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Re: MYOG Titanium/Carbon Fiber Ice Axe"
I agree that leaving another few mm at the adze edge for future sharpening might be useful, although I would remind everyone that this is really a WALKING axe, and the idea that the adze might need...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Titanium/Carbon Fiber Ice Axe
December 09, 2:48am

trarps, and stoves
Somehow, I don't think that tarp was really meant for serious snow camping. What was the golden optimus stove - the larger kero version of the 8R? You do realise that collectors put that pa...

In GEAR » Having trouble pitching my tarptent w/ trekking poles to shed precip
December 08, 8:18pm

Re: Stakes
> wouldn't it be easier to make those snow anchors out of carbon fiber, or plastic? I did try unbreakable Lexan sheeting for snow anchors. It had two big problems. 1) Much too bendy: ver...

In Make Your Own Gear » Titanium Tent Stakes
December 08, 8:13pm

Re: Would
> Would a GoLite Windshirt as as a semi-vbl? Not a chance. Cheers

In GEAR » Vapor Barrier question
December 08, 8:08pm

Re: Re: Re : Titanium Tent Stakes
Just a heads-up right now. The thin edges of the Ti sheet metal frayed and broke 7 out of 8 of my (Spectra) side guys on *that* trip. I found a solution which is simple, light and very effective...

In Make Your Own Gear » Titanium Tent Stakes
December 08, 6:23pm

Re: Winter Camping, Water Bottles, & Filters
> One thing you really need to be careful about is preventing your filter from freezing and cracking. Very true, so I switched to a Steripen Adventurer. I make sure the batteries are at body ...

In GEAR » Winter hydration techniques
December 08, 2:35pm

Re: multiple bags?
> Would there be any benefit to foot -> bag -> medium sock -> second bag -> shoe? To some degree. It's a bit like using a VBL inside a shoe with a WP/B membrane. The outer lay...

In Philosophy & Technique » plastic bags for VB
December 08, 2:20pm

Re: Jam 2
> where have you seen that the waterproof zip has failed? I do not have one of those packs, but I have used a waterproof zip on other gear. They are stiff and clumsy, and worse so in the cold...

In GEAR » Jam2
December 08, 12:51am

Re: Re: One Fresh Cup coffee brewing
Hi Rick > I await the next bit of technology. Behold: Fine stainless steel mesh, spot-welded together into a filter which just fits neatly over a standard (lightweight) fairly air-tight...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » One Fresh Cup coffee brewing
December 06, 6:43pm

Re: Volunteers = Volunteers
> One parent repetitively told us if we didn't advance her kid, that she would pull him out.... I seem to get the impression from much of this that the kid is NOT the source of the proble...

In Philmont » Kid and Dad are a handful
December 06, 6:33pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm