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Not East Coast/West Coast -- It is Yosemite
I don't think it is an East Coast/West Coast thing, I think it is a Yosemite thing. In Yellowstone, they suggest keeping your food in your car. In Yosemite, the black bears will rip the top off...

In GEAR » Black bears, east & west
February 21, 3:35pm

I have a Zeiss monocular. I like it a lot but it is expensive. If you have a chance, try to find a store (camera store maybe) where you can try out the various choices. One thing you might consider...

In GEAR » Binoculars
February 13, 5:11pm

Kinda Heavy
Those are quite pretty but rather heavy at 7.5 ounces. I have shoes like this: that I think weigh about an ounce a piece (I would have to chec...

In GEAR » Pocket Slipper Camp Shoes
February 12, 3:34pm

Inline Filter
I use an inline filter (I believe it is Seychelle, but I'm not certain). The sawyer inline filter is also pretty good. There is a thread about it here: I use the &quo...

In GEAR » Water Filtration Methods
February 07, 6:47pm

I second the recommendation for Frog Toggs, DriDucks, etc. (propore) jackets. I consider them an ultralight staple. There is a cost, though, in terms of durability. Be very careful with them (it is...

In GEAR » ?Jacket = Breathability, Waterproof, durable, lightweight, inexpensive
February 01, 7:45pm

Big, Light, Puffy Mitts
I wear liner gloves, big wool mitts (Army/Navy) and a GoreTex shell when I play in the snow. I would really like a pair of puffy, lightweight mitts to replace the wool mitts. However, almost every ...

In GEAR » Request for Ron Bell...
January 29, 3:34pm

Second the request for XP booties. Especially if they are covered in very lightweight nylon (I've seen too many pairs made of durable stuff based on the assumption that you will walk in them). ...

In GEAR » Request for Ron Bell...
January 28, 6:14pm

More Clothes Maybe
You might try to use the existing sleeping bag (if it fits well) and just get more clothes. If you were starting from scratch then this wouldn't be such a great idea, since it is much more effi...

In GEAR » Kids Sleeping Bags... do I really need to buy one?
January 25, 4:55pm

Re: Wind River tent
Why won't it cut it?

In GEAR » Wind River tent
January 23, 8:27pm

Interesting Towel
Thanks for the link. That does look interesting. I've used this towel: It comes in handy for wiping down a tent (in case I'm in a hurry). I carry two; the ...

In GEAR » Go! Towel
January 18, 4:42pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm