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Doug Johnson (djohnson) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Washington State
About Me Backpacking Light Editor since 2003. During the week I'm an elementary school principal and the dad of Henry and Lily. On the weekends I like seeing how far I can walk with a SUL pack or taking the kids up to the mountains!
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All Forum Posts by Doug Johnson

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Re: Notes from the Field: Rambling the High Sierra
I loved this article. It makes me look forward to when my kids (now 6 and 9) will be with me on subalpine trips like this. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm curious- what's that chair? ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Notes from the Field: Rambling the High Sierra
September 30, 11:16am

Re: Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent

In Editor's Roundtable » Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent
April 29, 5:11pm

Re: Re: TiCa Ice Tool
Ross, Billy, and Roger: I appreciate the discussion regarding my use of this ice tool. In my write up I clearly say "non-technical climbs" and that is what I meant. I do many climbs t...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 01, 11:09pm

Re: The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
I am loving this series- thank you Roger!

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
July 10, 12:59pm

LOVE it.
I absolutely loved this article. Thank you Ryan!

In Editor's Roundtable » SUL BikeRaftFishPacking (BFRP)
May 17, 4:39pm

Re: Nunatak craftsmanship compared to other bag makers?
I've had 3 from Feathered Friends, one each from Valandre and Nunatak, and 4 from Enlightened, among others. I'd put Valandre at the top and Feathered Friends is amazing to work with (all ...

In GEAR » Nunatak craftsmanship compared to other bag makers?
January 02, 10:49am

Re: Tent Advice
Hi Adam- I'm up to about 15 trips with my kids now. Henry is 6 and Lily is 3. When all four of us go, I use a ShangriLa 5 and I am extremely happy with this tent. The above advice regarding sp...

In GEAR » Tent Advice
January 01, 6:27pm

Re: Pacific Outdoor Equipment Website??
Oh man. Walks like a duck. Quacks like a duck. Yellow like a duck. It's a duck. These products are the same. Something isn't straight here.

In GEAR » Pacific Outdoor Equipment Website??
December 05, 11:00pm

Re: Solo+ Report
I'm very curious as to changes in the review program. When Backpacking Light created our first Review Summaries (which later became State of the Markets), they were HUGE! They were extremely ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo-Plus Tent State of the Market Report
September 26, 7:06pm

Re: Re: Re: "Staying Dry in a Bivy Sack
Great article Mike- I really enjoyed it. The pic of me is from a marvelous trip from Stevens to Snoqualmie Passes on the PCT in Washington where the kit worked perfectly. Thank you!

In Editor's Roundtable » Staying Dry in a Bivy Sack: Techniques for Managing the Moisture Balance Between External Precipitation and Internal Condensation
September 22, 3:03pm

All Reader Reviews by Doug Johnson

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Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
I agree with a variety of the comments above. These poles are super-light, very easy to flick around for quick placements, and absorb shock quite nicely. While I broke a couple of the earliest Light...

In Trekking Poles
February 12, 3:03pm

Northern Lites Snowshoes Elite Racers 20" x 8" 34 oz.
I have the Backcountry Rescue models. I have broken snowshoes in the past- several, actually. The truth is that I go beyond "typical snowshoeing" and habitually jump off small cliffs, jump...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 12, 12:51am

SteepandCheap.Com SteepandCheap.Com
Highly addictive. Fantastic prices. High quality products from a variety of outdoor sports. Super fast shipping. This is great and FUN!

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 11, 11:15am

Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
I'm in Seattle and have known these folks for year. They are top notch: Once I took in an old Whisperlite that was on the fritz and thoroughly thrashed (and I was a poor college student)- the ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 14, 12:57am

Jolt Gum
It does work- has kept me peppy on the trail in the late hours. But it does taste horrible and Nodoze is not only lighter, but the taste is non-existent. If you're a gum lover and pushing th...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 12, 7:11am

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
Great stove- I use it often and it's great- especially with the new BPL ti kettle/cup. Unfortunately, mine blew the original rivet when I was playing with it at home. I drilled it out, out in a new ...

In Stoves - Other
December 04, 5:17pm

Rainy Pass (Gear Repair)
I couldn't agree more. Rainy Pass has repaird several of my items including a torn rain fly, sleeping bag stitching, and zipper replacements. All repairs were done professionally, quickly, at a reas...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 01, 8:34pm

Tarptent Squall
I had an original floorless Tarptent, then a floored Squall 2, and more lately a Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic. I loved them all and would rate each a 5. The floorless tarptent +amazing...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
November 30, 4:30pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I agree with what many others have said. This is the book I ALWAYS hand to beginners first. It's clear, concise, and enjoyable to read. Even as an experienced ultralighter, I've read this book seve...

In Books and Media
November 26, 5:40pm

Gossamer Gear
Glen and Grant over at Gossamer Gear are fantastic! Their product always ships out quickly and after my Mariposa pack blew a seam (after a year of use) they quickly repaired the pack at NO CHARGE. L...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 22, 6:31pm