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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.
CityPalo Alto
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://wunderwood.org/most_casual_observer/

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PM sent on WM Ultralite
PM sent on WM Ultralite. Maybe my son and I will have matching bags (mine is an Alpenlite).

In Gear Swap » Sleeping Bags & Packs, mid, pots
June 07, 12:37pm

Ideas for a 50 Miler in northern California?
I'm doing some research for our venture patrol on possible routes for a 50 miler in mid-August. I expect that the wilderness permits are full from Whitney all the way up to Yosemite, so I'v...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Ideas for a 50 Miler in northern California?
June 02, 6:42pm

Stephenson 2R is the one to beat
How about the Stephenson 2R two-wall four-season tent at 2.75 pounds? No mesh inner walls. My friend has one and loves it. I've been snow camping in that tent. Perhaps you could borrow one a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Shelter Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
September 10, 4:33pm

Not Recommended
This failed in three different ways during the test! The big bulges count as a failure. Sorry, this cannot be "recommended".

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad Review
August 27, 11:14pm

Coleman Exponent Xpert stoves
We chose Coleman Exponent Xpert stoves (PowerMax cartridges) for our troop. I wrote up the criteria and some experience here: http://wunderwood.org/most_casual_observer/2007/02/stoves_for_boy_sc...

In Philmont » CANISTERS VS WHITE GAS
July 03, 1:44pm

Hand sanitizer doesn't work on dirty hands
Hand sanitizer does not replace soap. The CDC recommends that you use sanitizer after you wash the dirt off your hands: http://www.cdc.gov/cleanhands/ Here is the conclusion from a University of...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scout Gear List
July 03, 12:37pm

Group Dynamics and Campfires
Our Boy Scout troop camps during fire season (really "no fires allowed" season) in California, so I get to see the group with and without campfires. The article talks about cooking and...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Cookfires: Overview and Techniques for Cooking Over an Open Flame
April 09, 5:20pm

Estimates for me and for kids
My lunchtime workouts are on a paved creekside trail, and I do 3.75 miles in an hour with a pack there. This weekend, I estimated six hours (1.5 miles/hour plus slack) for a 8.5 mile round-trip hik...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking Distance Estimates
March 05, 9:40pm

Mesh Pockets
Mesh pockets (on GoLite packs) were the perfect place to put all the discarded Gu packets my son and I picked up on the Skyline to the Sea trail. We could hose off the pack after the last bit of Gu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Six Moon Designs 2007 Comet Backpack REVIEW
October 22, 10:52pm

Colin Fletcher's heirs
Colin Fletcher doesn't have biological heirs, but he brought us all into his solo hikes. We are all his heirs. Before his books, solo hiking was dangerous, even crazy. He made it a choice. I...

In Philosophy & Technique » R.I.P. Colin Fletcher
June 16, 12:26am

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