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Richard DeLong (Legkohod) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Eastern Europe / Caucasus
About Me Citizen of the world. UL backpacker and mountain lover among other things. Did the PCT in 2009 ("Buckwheat"), blogged about it at BudgetPCT.blogspot.com. Hiked for 3.5 months through the mountains of Europe in 2011. More to come.
CityKiev / Tbilisi
CountryUkraine / Georgia / USA
My Website URLhttp://Legkohod.com

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All Forum Posts by Richard DeLong

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Notches in the rocks
Often, if it weren't for notches like that, for hanging ropes, rails, and other helpers, places would be entirely inaccessible, or the death toll for visiting them would be much higher. I perso...

In Editor's Roundtable » Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Photo Essay
September 03, 3:33am

report?
Yeah, waiting for that report. Just a bit of friendly encouragement from a fellow report writer:-)

In Pre-Trip Planning » Three Weeks in the Pyrenees
July 02, 2:16am

Side sleeper
Interesting. I'm also a side sleeper, and that's precisely why I like the Klymit so much.

In Gear Swap » FS: Klymit Inertia X Frame
July 02, 1:45am

WTB Inov-8
If anyone has some inov-8 trail runners in size 13 or 14 US, please let me know. I am particularly interested in 310s size 13 and 315s size 14. (Shipping to U.S. address)

In Gear Swap » WTB Inov-8
June 12, 2:56am

Darn Tough
Thanks, Bill. I'm sure those are nice. I often hike in Darn Tough merino and like them a lot, but I'm looking for a thin sock lighter than anything Darn Tough makes, as far as I can tell fr...

In GEAR » Simple sock recommendation needed
May 30, 6:20pm

Simple sock recommendation needed
I've been studying socks for a few hours and my mind's starting to spin. I just need a simple recommendation or set of recommendations. What I'm looking for is a sock that is as quick-d...

In GEAR » Simple sock recommendation needed
May 30, 5:48pm

Testing Esbit tablets for arctic and alpine applications
I just wanted to record the results of my test for other BPL users. I was trying to simulate late summer arctic and subarctic conditions. I cooled 0.5 L of water to several degrees above freezi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Testing Esbit tables for arctic and alpine applications
May 27, 7:11am

poncho weight
Yes, 200g for my version of it. I rarely wear it without a pack. It's floppy in the back without one and the arm holes drift forward further down the arms. It's certain okay though.

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
May 23, 3:32pm

ponchos again
Wim, I've used the Golite poncho too. The difference in functionality between that and the mountain rain poncho is very substantial... In the Golite, you have ends flapping about in the wind an...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
May 23, 2:13pm

proper poncho for inclement conditions
Yes, that's precisely the sort of poncho I have, based on the Roger Caffin's article of some years back: full-length sleaves, drawcord around the bottom, covers pack fully, front zip with v...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
May 23, 7:04am

All Reader Reviews by Richard DeLong

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Cocoon Pro 90 Quilt
This quilt is underrated (at the moment). I have used the Pro-60 and now the Pro-90. The latter is significantly warmer (~55 F vs. ~61 F as the effective minimum comfort temperature for my near-naked ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 20, 9:23pm

Photon Freedom Micro (White)
I've used the Photon Freedom for nearly 80 days backpacking and am ready to switch to something else. Yes, it is small, light, and relatively convenient. However, the battery life is 30-60 minutes...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 13, 11:40pm

REI Sub-Kilo 20 degree
This is basically a 35 degree bag for me. There are a lot warmer bags and quilts for this weight. Basically, I'm rating this a 4 because of all the "5" ratings so far, whereas I don'...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
February 09, 1:12pm

Golite Umbrella
I would trade any piece of UL gear for one of these umbrellas due to its sheer practicality. Nothing can replace the effect of a sun-reflecting umbrella at 15000' in the Andes or high up on the Co...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 30, 8:08pm

Montane Quickfire
This lightweight (11 oz, size L) eVent jacket is great. I like all the features, which have been carefully thought through, and there is nothing I don't like about the jacket. The cut is great for...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 16, 5:58pm

Icebreaker Skin 200 Mondo Zip
This shirt fits my thin frame and longish arms (size L). I've worn it about 100 days (50 hiking, 50 in town) and it shows no signs of wear. I can wear it 10 days in a row in the mountains without ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
January 16, 5:29pm

Backpacking Light Merino UL Pants
Test period - 40 days in Colorado Rockies. GF has the BPL merino UL tights, I have Icebreaker merino tights (yes, they weigh substantially more, but still under 200 grams). At the end of the perio...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
January 16, 4:58pm

Zpacks Blast 32
I have the same configuration as the above reviewer, but with 2 shoulder pouches. I also have the Blast 18 (equivalent in size and design to the Zilch). These are the only packs I know made of this...

In Backpacks - Frameless
July 14, 7:57am

American Medical Kits Heatsheets Survival Blanket
This is, in my opinion, the first, cheapest, and most versatile piece of gear an aspiring ultralighter can ever own. Let me discuss some of the uses: 1. Heat blanket. Obvious. 2. Blanket for hot...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 12, 3:33am

"The Travel Hammock" Ultra-Light
I have the same hammock but with the mosquito netting. It is also a bit over the listed weight (590 grams vs. 550). I bought it because it was the lightest hammock with netting I could find that would...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
May 09, 2:21pm