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Phil Barton (flyfast) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oklahoma
About Me Enjoying every outdoor adventure I share with friends and family. Learning more every day. has opened some great doors for me. Hikes have included the Wind River Range, Bob Marshall Wilderness, a wee bit of the Colorado Trail, Philmont, and others in OK, NM, AR, AZ, and CO.

Scouter with BSA Troop 945, Tulsa, OK.
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All Forum Posts by Phil Barton

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Re: alcohol stoves at philmont?
John, I'm less certain about Double H. Are there backcountry commissaries there? At Philmont you resupply every 3-4 days. There's a small trading post at each commissary. We found isopropan...

In Philmont » alcohol stoves at philmont?
May 21, 9:12pm

Re: Philmont cooking
Patrick, yes, the turkey roasting bags have to be supported once you've added food. I have to say that your mileage will vary. We have had good luck with this method. Others find it easier (few...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
May 17, 6:26am

Re: Wichita Mountains Overnighter
Chris, thanks for the pics. I've been by the WMLR many times. But I've never made that hike. Now, I'll be waiting for the fall to come and have those trails on my list of places to expl...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wichita Mountains Overnighter
May 16, 12:12pm

Philmont cooking bags
Patrick, we found that there was a mix of packaging for food at Philmont. I'm attaching 2 pictures. The first is a typical dinner. All the freeze dried food is in very thin, light mylar packagi...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
May 16, 12:06pm

Bear Safety - A Conversational Guide for Scouts
Michael, the PCT method works very well. We found on campouts that older boys are sometimes patient enough to learn a new technique. The older boys can teach the younger fellas. It's always fun...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Bear Safety - A Conversational Guide for Scouts
May 01, 4:16pm

Re: Moisture in day clothes
Joseph, as a Scoutmaster I've often encouraged boys on campouts to change out of day clothes before going to bed. But there is a good reason. Unless we are on a high adventure trip all the boys...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?
April 16, 2:45pm

"Will they let you do this?"
Scott, I have the same observation about the dining fly. I've never used one until Philmont. For a group it works well for all the reasons you describe. We also had 1 campsite at the tree l...

In Philmont » Will they let you do this?
April 03, 1:14pm

Re: Firesteel
Daniel, over the years, I've never had a Bic lighter fail. You're right. They are bulletproof. However, over the years, I've found a different issue with a lighter. When I am cold m...

In GEAR » Misc survival gear - why do I have these?
January 24, 9:07am

Re: Cheap Tent Ideas
Eureka/Campmor 8'x10' silnylon tarp $65. It weighs 13 oz. With a little practice it's not hard to pitch. For one it's also large enough that you can stay dry even without a bivy.

In GEAR » Cheap Tent Ideas
January 19, 8:48pm

Re: oven cooking bags
Dave, Roger got it right... >the short answer is no: you will melt the bag. Since we're in the Philmont forum, my assumption was that we were talking about the freeze dried meals at Phil...

In Philmont » Backpacking Light @ Philmont
January 15, 5:22am

All Reader Reviews by Phil Barton

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Pro-Tick Remedy Pro-Tick
Maybe you don't have to worry about ticks. In the southern US it's something we have to continually address. The Pro-Tick Remedy is the best removal method I've run across. It is a simple,...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 24, 4:48pm

It's been almost 2 1/2 years since I bought my TT Squall but the process was memorably good. First, I spoke with Henry by phone to chat about the models and what would be the best fit for my hikin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 26, 9:47am

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've had my pair of GoLite Reed pants since at least 2001. They were still sold as Ray-Way gear way back then. These pants are blue (as I remember getting them on sale). This vintage pair of pants...

In Clothing - Raingear
April 20, 5:41pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I've used RailRider shirts for about 5 years now. The RR Adventure Shirt has become a core piece of my warm weather hiking kit. It is well made, cool in hot weather, and very durable. I wear L ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
March 31, 5:21am

MSR Mug Mate Coffee Filter MSR coffee filter
Mike Clelland's article, "Techniques and Gear for the Lightweight Backcountry Coffee Connoisseur" (BackpackingLight Magazine, Issue 6) was a home run for me. I sorta, kinda, oh maybe a l...

In Cookware - Other
March 23, 2:05pm

Western Mountaineering Highlite
All the above ratings capture well the features of the Western Mountaineering HighLite. I've owned mine now for a year. What I really like about this bag is its warmth. I am amazed at what it c...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 23, 1:18pm

The Amp is my second pack from Brian Frankle. I’ve waited to post a review until my first outing with the pack this past weekend. The ULA Amp meets my expectations for a smaller volume pack to be used...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 23, 8:21am

Sawyer Premium Insect Repellant --
Sawyer brand permethrin spray is widely available here at Wal-Mart and many sporting goods stores. If you live in an area that isn't tick infested then count your blessings. If you do live or hike...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 16, 5:37am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
After several months of use for the BMW TorsoLite, I rate it a 4.5 (if that were allowed). It is reasonably light. It is warm enough for my winter camping. My only reservation is that I wish it were t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 2:58pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
TOPO! software to me is a mixed bag. I've owned 5 different map sets for a few years (US National Parks and 4 different states). What I've really liked -- the ability to print any map the ...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 13, 12:16pm