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Andrew Wilson (andreww) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.
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Refuges
Great idea and a great product; I'm glad of your initiative. Personally I would look for a different kind of thing. I always wondered what down booties were for, other than for around a chil...

In Gear Deals » Down Socks
January 18, 2:19am

Grosgrain
The wider grosgrain I find helpful for shoulder straps, for simply strapping the drybag to the packframe, lashing would be the lightest. For convenience sake, Roger's right, thin nylon, or I wo...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack Harness
January 17, 6:35am

Wenger esquire
I've got the Wenger Esquire, on thru-hiker's advice, and it's very light and very convenient. It is what would take on a thru-hike. You could go lighter, with a combination of BPL's...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Knife input needed
January 17, 6:28am

Thru-hiker
If you sew your own gear, thru-hiker's Liberty kit is unbeatable: as low as 2.5oz, use whatever fabric you like, build it with a hood, etc.

In GEAR » Best Wind Shirt?
January 16, 10:37pm

Grosgrain, sizes
Just make sure you use Grosgrain webbing, not the heavier nylon kind, which would be overkill for this, and actually can weigh quite a bit in the application you've chosen. I question whethe...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack Harness
January 16, 10:35pm

Bag liners and Fleeces
Bag liners are good at keeping the inside of your bag clean, not at increasing its temp beyond a few degrees; and for sleeping in hostels and refuges where such a thing is required. Its much easier...

In GEAR » 2 Newbie Gear Questions
January 16, 10:27pm

Healthy knees, mental exhaustion
I've been running barefoot for 4 years, not 100%, but about 80%, with some winter months off. I can testify that it flat-out cured my long-standing knee pain. I've had no injuries doing it,...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
January 16, 7:21am

Not recommended
It will work, but aggravatingly slowly. I've used my Bushbuddy for summer hikes; for solo its OK, or for places like picnic areas where you want to cook like a stove on top of a table, but with...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Ultra in Winter?
January 16, 6:39am

Running shorts, Umbrella
Running shorts: I've never paid any attention to brand or material. The lightweight shell should be synthetic the inner liner could be anything very wicking/breathable/odor resistant. The liner...

In Gear Lists » PCT gear list
January 16, 6:20am

Ditch one top.
A second on ditching a top layer. Again, even in OR/WA in June I never wore anything more than a poly dress shirt + poly long underwear top + windbreaker. And even then I only wore the long underwe...

In Gear Lists » PCT gear list
January 13, 11:00pm

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