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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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Re: TT Scarp how strong is it ?
> This was prompted by reading about poles snapping under wind or snow load. In my very > limited experience that happens a lot more often than fabric failure I have had poles break under...

In GEAR » TT Scarp how strong is it ?
March 18, 3:50pm

Why cool water?
The following question was raised by email: >Why do you call for "cool" water to pre-warm a cold canister? It seems that > even "hot" water up to the point that you c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Essential Canister Stove Maintenance
March 18, 3:04pm

Re: Mould?
What route/cliff is that? Cheers

In GEAR » WM Questions
March 18, 2:50am

Re: Re: Re: 100% ethanol
Hi Tom > It seems that you would get a lot less energy from burning methanol than ethanol. > 2 less C-H bonds to oxidize. Do you find any noticeable difference in the field? Dead righ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Burning Everclear--Healthier?
March 17, 10:52pm

Re: $128 on
> great reviews for the Xtreme ... I am just hoping, that I can get the same winter performance > with a standard fuel canister. Down to about -20 C you should be able to get the same winte...

In GEAR » anyone using the Snow Peak Gigapower LI?
March 17, 10:41pm

Re: Re: Re: Guns on the Trail
Hi Lynn > But Roger, what about killer crocodiles, rabid dingos and kangaroos, or nasty venemous snakes?? You forgot the Drop Bears! But there are no records of anyone ever succeeding in ...

In Chaff » do you take protection on hikes?
March 17, 6:52pm

Re: anyone using the Snow Peak Gigapower LI?
Web site says 'not in stock', so I don't think they have actually reached production yet. You could do worse than buy a Coleman Xtreme through eBay. It is regarded by many as the Gol...

In GEAR » anyone using the Snow Peak Gigapower LI?
March 17, 5:10pm

Re: Considering Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizer
Hi Simon > I'm considering the switch to benzalkonium-chloride-based (BAC) hand sanitizers for backcountry > use mainly because I wear contact lenses, and residue from alcohol hand sa...

In GEAR » Considering Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizer
March 17, 5:05pm

Re: Rainy Day Gear
Sorry guys about ruining the fun :-) But Nathan asked a serious question, so ... > am I to understand that people wear rain gear all day in down pours and don't actually get drenched? ...

In GEAR » Hike Your Own Adventure (Choose your Own Gear)
March 17, 4:14pm

Re: Re: Burning Everclear--Healthier?
Hi Lynn > ethanol fumes which are definitely a toxin. Yeah, so no sniffing your cognac! Methanol is toxic in that sense; ethanol is ... well ... not so toxic :-) > I presume CO would ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Burning Everclear--Healthier?
March 17, 3:41pm

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