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paul johnson (pj) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
About Me Backpacking for nearly 50yrs-shorter trips less than a week.

Outdoor interests (in no particular order): medicinal/edible wild plants of New England, observing wildlife (inverts & verts; and owls at night), insect collecting, dog training, night hiking, HEADLAMPS (for those night hikes), kinesiology/bio-mechanics of hiking (particularly trekking pole use), testing L/UL gear, unconventional packing systems, & backwater microbiology, & oh, yes, the darkside - motorsports(auto racing).

Now pretty much "grounded" so to speak.

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All Forum Posts by paul johnson

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Re: Fighting Infection in the Field
>>"I don’t know anything about the physiology of why this works" Clinton, simply, heat is the modality that you're using to attempt to disinfect by immersing. you ar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fighting Infection in the Field
March 01, 3:33am

Re: klearwater/brett et al
Fred, search the Forums for the term "biofilm". That's the issue to which you refer. Also, check the BPL On-Line store. There might(???) be an article reprint for purchase (a cou...

In Multiple Use Gear » KlearWater as mouthwash & skin treatment
March 01, 3:27am

Re: Army:"Micropur and Sweetwater best"
I believe the Sweetwater Purifier is really a two-step system. First, filter with the pump filter (i own the filter and have used it), and then treat with a Sweetwater chemical (bleach-like, IIRC)...

In GEAR » Army:"Micropur and Sweetwater best"
March 01, 3:24am

insulation compression
my understanding is that it is the COMPRESSION CYCLES that cause the problem. how so? like with so many things FRICTION and FATIGUE are the problems. the repeated rubbing of the insulation an...

In GEAR » Down and Compression
March 01, 3:08am

Re: Fighting Infection in the Field
an old standby is sphagnum moss which contains iodine. yes, iodine causes some tissue damage (as does most other ointments, salves, liquids, etc, which are commonly used for simple injuries) whi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fighting Infection in the Field
March 01, 2:56am

HTML Anchors
Douglas, Eric, many thanks for posting on this. could be length??? don't know. this could be tested easily enough. It's obviously NOT something in the URL triggering the "...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » URL problems
March 01, 2:51am

$1 single qty CR123A primary batts
Dondo., For Secondary (i.e., rechargeable CR123A batts) For Primary (i.e., non-rechargeable CR123A batts) Stream...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
February 28, 2:53pm

Re: steripen and cross contamination
>>"Would you not be just running / washing cleaned water over them? Hopeing that you wash off any bad bugs?" Yes. In part, the same, using sterile saline, is often done to c...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » steripen and cross contamination
February 28, 9:12am

Re: Re: Medical Ultralight
JM, You make some good points. This is the main reason my med kit went from way, way over two pounds (4+lb on some hikes) to just a few ounces - just enough to deal with the types of situation...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Medical Ultralight
February 28, 1:40am

Re: Mpemba Effect
Yes, i was referring to the Mpemba effect. Aristotle also said that a heavier object will fall faster than a lighter object if both are dropped simultaneously. He apparently never tested this ...

In GEAR » Heated hydration systems
February 27, 4:12pm

All Reader Reviews by paul johnson

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Zebralight H50
the H50-Q5 has so many pros: 1. very small size (one of the benefits of being a "twisty". )- just slightly larger than the cell that powers it (1xAA - alkaline, NiMH, or Li-Primary; it c...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 11, 6:13am

Pak-Lite White Super
when i need a 5mm task light this is now my "go to" light for the last couple of months. why? 1. light in weight 2. bright in light [output] 3. i'll die of old-age before i bu...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 10, 6:00pm

Surefire L2 Lumamax
Ok. So, one is unable to justify the $$$ for the U2 - try as hard as one might. Well, then, perhaps the L2 might fit the bill. It is after all a whopping hundred bucks cheaper (that ain't sayin...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 27, 4:13am

Gossamer Gear NightLight 3/4
Light. Warm enough; add a thinlight or torso-length inflatable when it gets cold. Comparing the NightLight's R-value to other pads, it appears that the Nightlight has the highest R-val for its...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 26, 4:36am

Surefire U2
If I could have only one flashlight, or maybe even one lighting device, it would be the 5.7oz 5watt, 2xCR123A powered Surefire U2 Ultra Digital flashlight. First the downsides: 1. How do ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 9:35pm

Pro Lite Gear customer service
I've ordered many times from PLG. Big items. Small items. Several items in one order. Only ONCE, was there ever a mistake. However, i personally feel that the mistake was beneficial to my u...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 08, 11:48am

Lighten Up DVD with Glen Van Peski .
This DVD was a gift to me from another Forum participant (many thanks GR). This DVD doesn't pretend to be a detailed step-by-step tutorial, but, rather, more of an introduction. In this capaci...

In Books and Media
March 07, 1:52pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
My favorite pad. Light. Warm enough (use two when it gets cold). I add a separate single section of this pad for use under my feet. Being so short that xtra 3" that the First Reviewer ment...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 06, 5:40am

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough. I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 06, 5:28am

Pacer Poles
I truly do love both sets of PacerPoles that i own (one pair 2-sect, and one pair 3-sect). I can't say enough good things about them. They are one of favorite T-poles (trekking poles) to use....

In Trekking Poles
March 06, 5:16am