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Jim W. (jimqpublic) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale So-Cal
About Me 46 years old. Married with two kids- Daughter born in 2000, son born in 2003. Loved camping as a little kid. Then we moved to the foot of Mt. Whitney when I was 13. I spent my teenage years backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, xc & downhill skiing. A lot less since then (living in LA).


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All Forum Posts by Jim W.

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Separate Snowmelting Pot- nice but not required.
EJ, A separate pot for snowmelting is handy even if you're just boiling water for food. That lets you stop mid-melt and heat a bit of water for soup. That said, if you're trying to g...

In GEAR » 2L+ Snowmelting pot at least 6 in. high
January 20, 11:31am

Fitted rain "cape" pattern sought.
For hiking this spring and summer I want to outfit my family with lightweight raingear. I have two kids- 6 & * years old. We will be doing at least two weeklong trips in the Sierra. Afte...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fitted rain "cape" pattern sought.
January 19, 3:13pm

Winter Sierra temps
Most of my experience is on the East side of the Sierra- I grew up in the Owens Valley. Up around the high passes and basins typical wintertime overnight lows are about 15F, frequently dropping to...

In GEAR » Light warm winter sleeping bag to go with clothing system
January 19, 2:49pm

Bear can compatible Re:JMT, frameless or not
Frameless or not, a critical issue is bear can compatibility. Loaded with food you're talking a 10+ pound lump of lead. With the wrong pack/can combo you will be sad. I was quite happy w...

In GEAR » JMT, frameless or not
January 19, 10:07am

Re: Dyneema G4
Beautiful! It looks very professional, and sub-pound for a sturdy pack is great.

In Make Your Own Gear » Dyneema G4
January 17, 9:00pm

Re: Fabric Retailers/cheap sil
I'll check into that. Even if it's a little lower in quality I can make one pyramid as a proof of concept then if it wears out do a new improved version with "the good stuff". ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fabric Retailers/cheap sil
January 17, 8:32pm

Which sil is best? Re: Fabric Retailers/cheap sil
I'm getting close to starting on a 10' square pyramid for the family. I see lots of vendors selling silnylon- both backpacking MYOG specialists and some others. Mostly they don't re...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fabric Retailers/cheap sil
January 17, 4:12pm

JMT- Starting Point
My opinion... If you're going to hike the whole JMT then start at Happy Isles. Otherwise you're skipping the first bit. It is a surreal experience to start out the trail with thousands...

In Photo Gallery » JMT-Starting Point
January 17, 10:17am

Most comfortable CCF pad for side sleeper
I suspect this is a very hot topic for many of us. Especially those of us who get only a few short trips a year- I prefer to sleep well starting the second night out! A decade or more ago I upg...

In GEAR » Most comfortable CCF pad for side sleeper
January 15, 7:55pm

Father / Son Toddler Backpack
Wonderful trip, photos, and experience. My first trip with 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son was last summer. Great trip and we are planning a couple big trips for this year. Jim

In Post-Trip Reports » Father / Son Toddler Backpack
January 15, 12:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim W.

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Six Moon Designs StarLite
I purchased the SMD Starlight with hip belt pockets and frame stays for a 2008 hike of the John Muir Trail. Currently it has about 5 weeks of backpacking use. Weight is per spec at just under 2 po...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 30, 11:19am

Black Diamond Equipment Customer Service
First, I'll say that usually before you call Customer Service of an equipment manufacturer it means something has gone wrong. This wasn't true for me at all- I contacted them for advice on wh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 11, 5:06pm

Nike Lava Dome
My original Lava Domes lasted me several years- Wearing to school, mountain biking, hiking, working as a land surveyor. I remember carrying 5 pound Asolo boots in my pack as I wore the Lava Domes wa...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 02, 4:40pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
4.5/5 for overall performance/weight. I bought a Jetboil PCS last summer and used it for testing at home, a two week solo trip, and during a few family day hikes. I love the system compared to...

In Stoves - Canister
March 05, 2:10pm

Sierra Trading Post (STP) web shopping and service
I've been shopping with STP for at least 20 years. The web made this sort of business much easier to shop. Prices are almost always great. Being closeouts, overstocks, and 2nds you have to ke...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 22, 2:48pm