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Bruce Tolley (btolley) - BPL Guest

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I have been backpacking off and on since Boy Scouts at the end of the 1960s. Although at that time, it was called camping. We just had to walk 5 or 10 miles to the campsite. :))

I moved to lightweight to be able to keep up with my son when he joined Boy Scouts. Now I mostly aim for winter camping in Yosemite or the Tahoe-Donner area, spring and fall hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, and summer trips to the Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg wilderness.

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All Forum Posts by Bruce Tolley

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Backpacking snow shell pants
To the need for a hardshell backup, I almost always carry my Goretex parka but hardly ever carry hard-shell pants, especially on shorter trips. The parka spends most of its time stuffed in my pack ...

In GEAR » Backpacking snow shell pants
October 28, 9:09pm

Snow shell pants
I snow camp in the sierra nevada three or four times each winter. I switched to a soft shell pants for greater breath ability and comfort. I put a puffy pant over them for cooking dinner and in the...

In GEAR » Backpacking snow shell pants
October 27, 6:57pm

Hats for big heads
The dead bird Rho beanies fit under a climbing helmet. I also found the SmartWool beanies not stretchy enough.

In GEAR » Hats for big heads?
October 27, 5:23pm

Hats for big heads
I am not sure what you consider a big head. I wear hat size 7 3/4. I was looking for a wool beanie that had about the same thickness as a mid layer base. I came up with Arcteryx. >>&...

In GEAR » Hats for big heads?
October 27, 4:18pm

MLD Cuben Grace Tarp Storm Worthiness
I do think we have had this discussion before. I own a MLD Solo Grace Tarp. While I have no experience with the Zpacks Hexamid, the Grace Tarps ability to withstand high winds seems mostly depe...

In GEAR » MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
October 27, 1:55pm

Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
Titanium vs Aluminum if all the Scouts are doing is boiling water, Titanium is OK. But if you ever foresee them wanting to cook a thick soup, or cook up a freeze dried meal in the pot, or do rea...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
October 26, 5:31pm

Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
The 1.5 liter pot that was part of the MSR aluminum blacklite set would have been perfect for 2 scouts over a Pocket Rocket. MSR discontinued it. You might find the whole set online used. You co...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
October 25, 5:13pm

Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
With the Pocket Rocket, the 4 liter and 3 ltier pots are out. You would have too much weight and an unstable stove and pot. Even with 1.5 quarts of water in a 2 liter pot, you would have to be v...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
October 25, 2:58pm

backpacking pots for Boy Scouts
For patrol, cooking +1 to the 4 quart Open Country. It is aluminum but weighs about the same as the Evernew 4 liter titanium. For buddy cooking, the 2 quartt open country. These pots are relativ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backpacking Pots for Boy Scouts
October 24, 11:24pm

Beginner to winter backpacking....
When you say winter and you live in california, I assume that you mean camping and travel above the snow line. Compared to the rest of the USA, our Sierra Nevada winters are relatively mild with...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering
October 23, 12:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Bruce Tolley

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Big Agnes Sting Ridge 2
My usual solo snow camping shelter is a MLD duo mid with bivy sack. But last year I started doing base camping so I started looking for an affordable, relatively lightweight 4 season tent. After exa...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 15, 2:55pm

Black Diamond Ultra Distance
The new BD poles need to be praised for applying design principle of avalanche probes to hiking poles to create a lightweight, foldable pole. The 120cm carbon fiber pole has a manufacturer's claim...

In Trekking Poles
April 24, 11:12pm

Arc'Teryx Gamma LT pants
I bought these pants because out of the pletora of sub 16 oz. softshell pants on the market, they were about the only model that seemed to come with multiple zippered pockets (3), a built in belt, and...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 07, 11:16am

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I found Lightweight Backpacking and Camping for $24.95 in REI before I discovered the web site, so cannot fault it for repeating material on the web site. I had already read Ray Jardine's books so...

In Books and Media
September 07, 3:00pm

ULA Equipment
After much comparative shopping, I bought a Relay Pack from ULA. It arrived only a few days after placing the order. After four short trips, the haul loop ripped out. I wrote a short email to ULA (...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 05, 10:39pm

Suunto Vector
I bought this watch primarily as a watch and as an aid to navigation. More specically, my goal was to possess for a trek in the Rocky Mtns of New Mexico to have a compass to discretely double check b...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 25, 3:59pm

Osprey Aether 60
While other reviewers have noted that this pack is not truly lightweight, some of that extra weight is due to features that come in handy for winter treks. This pack has shovel pocket that you can act...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 24, 3:30pm

Hilleberg Akto
The Hilleberg Akto is a relatively lightweight, one-person, double-walled hoop tent weighing in at a minimum 2 lbs. 14 oz., packed 3 lbs. 5 oz. (manuf claimed weights). I bought this tent for solo hik...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
April 20, 9:02pm