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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
CitySydney
StateNSW
CountryAustralia
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: Completely Lost in the Digital Age
Find teenager. Offer Coca Cola as bribe. .... :-)

In Photography » Completely Lost in the Digital Age
October 19, 5:39pm

Re: Packing
The foam pad lining is OK for a very light pack, BUT: the foam pad is thin (comfort?) and this makes the pack very round, pushing the weight way off your back. Doing this with an air mat is OK o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Packing
October 19, 5:37pm

Re: Re: some progress
> Trail runners are great if you have a 15 pound pack or less (including food). Maybe 20 lbs. max. I find light joggers even better when the pack is even heavier: at least I don't have ex...

In GEAR » How to persuade a guy from using army boots?
October 19, 2:51pm

Re: Improved SUUL canister stove
Hi All Out this weekend, field testing YACS (yet another canister stove)... Learnt a lot, including the need to ensure I don't lose the canister-sealing O-ring! Ah - but I did have spare O-r...

In Make Your Own Gear » Improved SUUL canister stove
October 19, 3:47am

Re: Excellent Review
I'm about 5' 7", and I do have one of the Aarn packs - the Peak Aspiration. It's well made. The idea of load balancing is very good, but I found that the model I have is just to...

In GEAR » Aarn pack "Natural Balance" field report
October 16, 7:27pm

Re: carbon fibre stakes
Yes, you can thump carbon fibre stakes into the **soil**. You risk some damage to the end you are thumping, but that can be controlled. But do NOT try thumping them into any rocks. The much high...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tent Stake Holding Power: Comparative Evaluation of Various Designs and Lengths
October 16, 3:30pm

Re: Out of the boots but now needs gaiters
The thing about walking in the snow is that it can kick up behind you, drop into your shoes and wet your socks and calves, even when it's quite shallow. I don't mind wet feet in three-seaso...

In GEAR » Out of the boots but now needs gaiters
October 16, 3:24pm

Re: Tent Stake Angle
> So if the ice screw angle theory can transfer to tent stakes, it may be the tent stake would be stronger if we just pounded it in perpendicular to the ground rather than pounding the stake per...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tent Stake Holding Power: Comparative Evaluation of Various Designs and Lengths
October 15, 9:13pm

Re: More on stakes
> Can a tent exert 24 pounds of force? I suspect that a tightly-pitched tarp tent in bad weather may well exert that sort of force on the main (ridgeline) guy ropes. Equally, I suspect that th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tent Stake Holding Power: Comparative Evaluation of Various Designs and Lengths
October 15, 5:43pm

Re: Tent Stake Fashion
> There are a number of scary things about those flamingo tent stakes: What's really scary about them is what they are doing at 2 am...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tent Stake Holding Power: Comparative Evaluation of Various Designs and Lengths
October 15, 5:41pm

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