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b d (bdavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
About Me Happy to find this site. Camping, hiking, whatever - love kayaks and have a bunch of foldables if people are ever in the area and want to use one - including a Klepper double which is great for taking gear and two people anywhere, including by sail in low wind conditions. Spent so much time reviewing all the posts and articles here over Thanksgiving I thought I would fill in some blanks. Me and partner live a few miles from Lassen peak on Hwy. 44 if you want to look it up and are in the area. Welcome to use our home as a base.
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Re: WTB Bushbuddy Stove
I don't think I'll ever sell mine, but if you call the guy in Canada that makes them or email him he responds. He is a regular guy like Henry Shires, Ron Moak, Van Peski and even that pesk...

In Gear Swap » WTB Bushbuddy Stove
January 27, 10:29pm

Re: Tent vs. Tarp
Being a beginner at the gear side of all this, and pushing for low weight, I am trying out tarps. But, there is no question in my mind that push come to shove I would go straight to a Henry Sh...

In GEAR » Tent vs. Tarp
January 27, 8:02pm

Re: Re: what's wrong with vargo titanium nail stake?
I just ordered some of these (the older heavier model, probly out of empathy or) out of fear they would no longer be available, because -- just learning about tarps and poncho tarp shelters the sta...

In GEAR » what's wrong with vargo titanium nail stake?
January 27, 7:17pm

Re: Re: Re: Modifying an existing pack
Aaron, I tried the inside fix and it doesn't seem to work if the stress on the material is coming from the outside -- thus, the garbage bag cover idea, which has worked but the garbage bag g...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modifying an existing pack
January 23, 10:55pm

Re: RBH VaprThrm NTS-Shirt&Pants
Bill F., Thanks for the insight on the RBH gear. If I read it right they are like a heavy duty windshirt type of product that might mean carrying the VaprTherms NTS and only one other base laye...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for a Mid-January AT Start
January 23, 10:43pm

Re: Timex Helix Watch
email sent. Hi Not So Crazy P. bd

In Gear Swap » Timex Helix Watch
January 23, 10:29pm

Re: Modifying an existing pack
I have struggled with similar issues in evaluating and wanting to improve my pack. My solution was to buy a second pack of the same type on sale, for a backup. Aside from that method of dealing w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modifying an existing pack
January 23, 10:20pm

Re: Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW
I love the Osprey packs, but the photo of the Talon 33 looks like it "hangs low." Is that the case or is it just a photo angle or moment before it is lifted up on the back? bd

In Editor's Roundtable » Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW
January 23, 10:11pm

Re: Re: 3000 Calorie Reserve Ideas
At about 250 calories per ounce lard isn't a bad choice for a "reserve". But I would go with peanut butter at about 200 -220 per ounce, and neither butter or lard were I seriously go...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 3000 Calorie Reserve Ideas?
January 23, 9:47pm

Re: Podcast: Andrew Skurka in the Nation's Icebox
It is so good to hear Skurka on the trail telling about the trek. Since we, my partner and I, are new at learning about cold weather hiking and camping he both gives the warnings (love the stateme...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Andrew Skurka in the Nation's Icebox
January 23, 9:28pm

All Reader Reviews by b d

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The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season is in Mt. Shasta, northern California, right off of Hwy. I-5 in the downtown area. They have a web page at: This shop is the place to go for info...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 30, 10:16am

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
As stated in the other reviews, this is a great pad but has quirk or two. On the up side it is light and really comfortable, IMO. Also it is great to deal with the GG UL geeks (love their Squall Cla...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
November 30, 9:53am

Insport Polargard Military Level 3 half zip long sleeve high loft top
Update: After much use and washing this garment changes dimensions. That is to be expected, but in this case its length decreases and it become more difficult to tuck into a waistline. While it w...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 30, 9:07am

Mountain House Chicken Stew Main Course and Corn
Update: Just checked out the Mountain House web site (actually EpiCenter company) -- they have #10 cans of stuff that is packed to last 30 years, ugghh, but the cans contain a lot of servings which v...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
November 29, 10:40pm

MSR Titan Kettle
The lid being tight, so it boils well at higher altitudes (or high for us) and the handle on the lid make it easy to use and is my favorite aspect of this pot. The next best thing about it is tha...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 29, 10:21pm

Gossamer Gear
Earlier, when I was just becoming familiar with UL world I discovered GG on line. It opened my eyes to what was both possible and already real. We use the GG Squall Classic at about 1.5 lbs., their ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 29, 9:10pm

Patagonia Expedition Weight Merino Wool blend Socks
Patagonia now calls what I originally bought or thought of as their expedition weight "capilene" socks -- Heavyweight Mountaineering Socks, $19.50 Style No. 49662. (I bought my first pair a couple o...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
November 29, 1:11pm

Sling-Light Chair w/ body and kneck rest
Check the Sling-Light chair out at I first read about ...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 29, 12:45pm

Mountain Hardwear Tri-Lite 2
This is our (my SO's and my) standard tent for overnighting in the wilderness areas here in the Lassen - Shasta area, at between 4,000 and 7,500 feet. We love it -- she really loves it for size, ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
November 28, 8:09pm

Platypus .5 Liter
This is all I carry anymore in good weather, the Platypus .5 liter with a pop top on it. Caveat -- all I need is a .5 liter because I have a cooking pot for camp and we have streams and lakes all ove...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 28, 4:38pm