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Gordon Smith (swearingen) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Montana Grizzly Habitat
I'm also contemplating a Montana trip this year. Does anyone know if griz are common in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness? I'm thinking of doing a five or six day tour through that huge lak...

In Philosophy & Technique » Grizzly Bear safety precautions?
March 25, 9:38am

Torso pad users?
I'd prefer to use pack liners instead of a cover, but I use a small NeoAir and put the empty pack under my feet at night. So I use a cover to keep the pack dry. I don't think you have a cho...

In GEAR » Do I really need a pack cover?
March 24, 12:43am

Berkley digital fish scale
I have one of these babies. I like it a lot. Max is 50 lbs. G

In GEAR » hanging scale?
March 24, 12:31am

RE: Small vs regular Neo Air
I'm 5' 8", a side sleeper, and have no problem with the small NeoAir. I love it actually. Depending on the trip I'll have either a Gossamer Gear Murmur pack under my feet or someti...

In GEAR » Small vs regular Neo Air
March 22, 2:48pm

Water is generally plentiful in the Pacific NW, so I typically take only a single 24 oz Aquafina or similar bottle. I use chlorine dioxide tabs paired with a Frontier Pro filter that's mounted ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water: How much?
March 20, 7:22pm

Re: thanks!
>>The other night, i had some kitchen science of my own...with esbit. It was a terrible idea. My apartment is pretty small, and the esbit odors made that even clearer.<< Which is why...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone System
March 19, 8:43pm

Re: Re: Additional Tests w/SP600 ULC Cone
Hi Ben, The original Caldera Cone was exactly as you described. The ULC however is an almost completely different animal. The ULC is designed to fit inside the pot or mug, the original cones were ...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone System
March 19, 8:33pm

Additional Tests w/SP600 ULC Cone
OK, for Konrad, Ben and others I've done some more test runs with the SP600 ULC Cone. These were done indoors, with 2 cups 60° F water, and 68° F air temp. The fuel for each test was HE...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone System
March 19, 8:09pm

I have the predecessor to this radio. Not tiny exactly, but plenty small and very lightweight. Well made. Great reception. Bonus for backpacking is the ability to receive NOAA weather radio broadca...

In GEAR » lightweight am/fm radio
March 19, 9:26am

Ground Temperature
I've often wondered how much a factor ground temperature is. I suspect it's significant. It's certainly another variable that helps explain the wide range of opinions on the NeoAir and ...

In GEAR » NeoAir Pad -- Too Cool??
March 16, 7:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Gordon Smith

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Trail Designs Caldera ULC Cone for Snow Peak 600 mug
The Caldera ULC Cone is the compact version of the original Caldera Cone that Trail Designs has been making for several years. The great benefit of the ULC Cones is that they're designed to fit in...

In Stoves - Alcohol
March 05, 1:32am