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b d (bdavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
About Me Happy to find this site. Camping, hiking, whatever - love kayaks and have a bunch of foldables if people are ever in the area and want to use one - including a Klepper double which is great for taking gear and two people anywhere, including by sail in low wind conditions. Spent so much time reviewing all the posts and articles here over Thanksgiving I thought I would fill in some blanks. Me and partner live a few miles from Lassen peak on Hwy. 44 if you want to look it up and are in the area. Welcome to use our home as a base.
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All Forum Posts by b d

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SnowClaw back support & Garbage Bag Pack
I held my SnowClaw up against my back and it fit perfectly at the base of my spine. That led to the thought, can I use it for a back support in a frameless pack? That is a big issue for me becaus...

In Make Your Own Gear » SnowClaw back support & Garbage Bag Pack
December 19, 2:39pm

Re: Re: LW Mountain Rescue electronic gear?
Here is a US Coast Guard site summarizing EPIRB recommendations which discusses and defines the types, ranges, uses, and what not to buy or use:

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » LW Mountain Rescue gear?
December 19, 11:20am

Re: Drying "Wet" Wood...
Joshua M, Thanks for the tips. Your info re: BTUs in newspaper is entirely consistent with what I experienced, now that you bring it to my attention. It was about 26 F outside and not snowin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Advice on wood drier / burner from can?
December 19, 10:51am

VAPR bivy arrived, from Gear Swap ... gear ecstasy
Thanks to the Gear Swap I just received my VAPR bivy. I can't wait to try it out. My old OR was just too heavy to justify a lot of use, when my partner and I go together and a 2 person me...

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market Report: Bivy Sack Technologies, Products, and Applications (2006)
December 18, 8:06pm

Neos Trekker overshoes $47
At Vermont's Barre Army Navy Store, Normally these are...

In Gear Deals » Neos Trekker overshoes $47
December 18, 4:15am

Cookie mix will be ordered.
Thanks, the beauty of prepackaged items for us is saving time. These look good and relatively healthy, love the fat content for winter hiking and cold.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Papagiki cookies
December 17, 5:31pm

Help w/ footgear for snow? - old thread
I am learning about snow hiking and camping. The vapor barriers scare me, especially the marine vapor barriers like sealskin. I never liked them on the ocean and quit even trying to use them beca...

In Winter Hiking » Neoprene boots for winter
December 17, 4:38pm Gators on sale
A lot of different gators are on sale for about $5 off the MSRP. Integral Designs eVent shortie gators are $19.98. (Shipping was free via USPS with 3 - 5 day delivery on the gators I just ordered....

In Gear Deals » Gators on sale
December 17, 2:43pm

Re: Re: Help. What's Sierra Trading Post's 20% Coupon Code?
You are very astute.

In GEAR » Help. What's Sierra Trading Post's 20% Coupon Code?
December 16, 10:27pm

Re: Re: Help. What's Sierra Trading Post's 20% Coupon Code?
Cool, I thought I might be in trouble.

In GEAR » Help. What's Sierra Trading Post's 20% Coupon Code?
December 16, 10:16pm

All Reader Reviews by b d

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Outdoor Products Hall Pass Day/O'Nite Pack
I picked up this pack for $20 US at a Big 5 to experiment with (Campmor has it listed at $14.99). The thought was to see if it would do for a day, a night, and a day camping trip. Here it is packed,...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 29, 1:22pm

Gorillapod SLR
I rarely bother to review items I would not use or which deserve less than a 4, but this chain caught my eye. Owning a GorillaPod for SLRs I can't recommend it for a person trying to go UL. So I...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
January 27, 7:32pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
January 27, 6:30pm

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil
I have been using the same piece of Reynolds aluminum foil for a windscreen and a food prep area for about 6 months, maybe 8 now. It held up well and is light weight. It is important to get the heav...

In Stoves - Other
January 26, 7:54pm

BMW Stealth 0 NANO (6x8) UL Tarp - 4.2 oz. Catenary Ridgeline
I don't think I could have found a better tarp to learn with and from. It is fragile compared to heavier fabric tarps, but it is precisely for that reason that it is a great learning tool This...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
January 26, 7:05pm

Mountain Hardwear Butter Balaclava
I entirely agree with Craig S.' review. I carry this item with me everywhere once the weather turns cool or cold. I wear it over or under my Mountain Hardwear Micro beanie, and both of them unde...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 26, 12:59pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
These are a real find. I was waiting for the BPL Gear Shop to get them back in stock and am glad I waited. My partner got a pair of gloves from another New Zealand supplier and although they are gre...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 23, 8:35pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Jacket (Women's)
This is a piece of gear my partner obtained. But, it also works for me. She got a large to wear over other items, and it fits me fine as well. It is well made and is warm, but not too hot in cold...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 23, 8:16pm

OR DryComp Summit Sack
A few short months ago I never thought I could use a frameless pack. But, testing out systems and hiking more, because my pack weight was going down as my familiarity and technique with gear and the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 21, 8:05pm

McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
It has taken some time, and a lot of winter boredom, to get to trying out chemical water treatment systems -- goal: reduce weight w/o gagging on the water after treatment. So after studying here I fi...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
January 21, 7:10pm