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Walter Underwood (wunder) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me Frequent camping with Boy Scouts, a week-long trek in the Emigrant Wilderness (Sierras) in 2009, Philmont in 2010, Skyline to the Sea a couple of times.

I grew up camping in Louisiana, with summer backpacking trips in the Pecos Wilderness.
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Equinox bivy
I also started with an Equinox, but it didn't cover my head, so it didn't stop the breeze across my face, and using a right-zip bivy with my left-zip bag was driving me nuts. I gave it ...

In GEAR » REI Bivy sack
December 30, 9:08pm

I received a long NeoAir, but decided it was a lot of money to shave off a few ounces from my Therm-a-Rest, so I returned it and spent the money on a used MLD Speedmid. Thanks, Doug!

In GEAR » Christmas Loot! Show us what ya got!
December 30, 8:51pm

Re: REI Bivy
The material in the REI bivy does not breathe enough to prevent condensation. Check out the Ptarmigan Bivy from Titanium Goat, coated floor and breathable nylon top, perfect for use with a tarp....

In GEAR » REI Bivy sack
December 30, 5:23pm

Tarps and Bivys - read the Ryan Jordan book
I strongly recommend getting the Ryan Jordan (editor) book and reading the chapters on sleeping (including bivys) and shelter (tarps). Lots of great detail on warmth, condensation, etc. http://w...

In GEAR » Bivy vs larger tarp
December 30, 4:11pm

PM sent on Speedmid
PM sent on the Speedmid.

In Gear Swap » FS: Lots o' stuff
December 27, 9:29pm

Desolation Permits
Call the ranger station and ask. Desolation has an unusually complicated permit and quota system, using zones instead of trailhead quotas. The quota season is over now (runs Memorial Day through...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Ideas for a 50 Miler in northern California?
October 27, 8:12am

Free and light
Once in a while, you hit on something that costs nothing, weighs almost nothing, and works better than expected. On our scout troop's week-long trek in the Hoover and Emigrant Wilderness Areas,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Economies of Scale: Budgeting for Your Pack & Wallet
August 26, 12:56pm

Last minute topo maps
The SHR mostly parallels the JMT, so some sets of JMT maps might work. You don't say where you live, but the USGS has a store in Menlo Park, CA with all the topo maps for the western region....

In Gear Swap » Sierra High Route Maps!!! Help!!
July 03, 11:14am

Mt. Diablo weather
Yep, 100+ degrees at Diablo tomorrow. Thanks for the route suggestion.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Ideas for a 50 Miler in northern California?
June 26, 6:59pm

Headed east of Emigrant
Our Scouts decided in favor of less people over famous territory. That ruled out the PCT, since it is pretty heavily traveled. We are headed for the area between the Emigrant Wilderness and the ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Ideas for a 50 Miler in northern California?
June 26, 2:43pm

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