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Andrew Wilson (andreww) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.

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Pulling its weight...
If you do any winter camping in wooded areas (especially hardwod), this would be great. I do a lot of twig-based cook fires, but for a substantial, easily managed fire, a saw is oh-so convenient: b...

In GEAR » 61g Japanese Pull Saw @ Harbor Freight
January 21, 12:02am

Will work, but why?
Of course it would work, but cold, mixed/snowy conditions are exactly the place where wp/b shells work the best. Plus, a shell all sealed up adds considerably to warmth while resting/around camp; a...

In Winter Hiking » Silnylon Poncho tarp as winter precip protection
January 20, 7:59am

Too much weight
I like unsupported rucksacks. They are the ultimate in simplicity and lightest in weight. That being said, 15-18lbs is actually a bit too much for most people to carry in them, long term. Starti...

In GEAR » UL Pack Selection Help
January 20, 5:36am

If you're happy with the blue pad, it will definitely work for you, at significant cost savings. Other things might be slightly better or lighter, of course, but its diminishing returns.

In GEAR » UL sleep pad
January 19, 11:46pm

Great idea, keep it simple
I like your idea, especially for something like a long, international trip where you'll have to deal with a lot of elevations. If you're not only backpacking, but staying in pensions and ho...

In Make Your Own Gear » Advice on MYOG two-part modular, two person quilt.
January 19, 11:42pm

Avoid redundancy
If you're going for the lightest weight possible, ditch the redundant clothes. If you're already taking the down sweater, I'd skip the two extra shirts; and drop the dry ducks bottoms, ...

In Gear Lists » Help with clothes list for JMT
January 19, 11:25pm

Warmth not an issue
There's no place on the PCT that you need the warmth of anything thicker than a Wal-Mart blue foamy pad. Just don't camp on snow with it. If you stealth camp on forest duff away from compac...

In GEAR » UL sleep pad
January 19, 1:25pm

Thru-hiker Liberty Ridge
I don't think so, at least it's not on their website. You could always ask AYCE; it's a small business and I don't think it would put him out any. BTW, make sure to tell him if you ...

In GEAR » Best Wind Shirt?
January 19, 10:34am

Early obsessors
I got into LW after reading Jardine's PCT guide in preparation for my 1998 PCT hike. There was nothing available commercially at that time. I was out of college with plenty of time, and I had a...

In Philosophy & Technique » UL and MYOG
January 19, 5:51am

Webbing materials
I think grosgrain is usually nylon, as is just about every other kind of webbing. Polyester webbing isn't very common, but polypropylene is; don't use it. It's weaker, cheaper, and slip...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack Harness
January 19, 3:07am

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