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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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All Forum Posts by b d

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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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Backpacking Light MiniDrop 0.35-oz Dropper Bottles (7 pack)
"An assortment of seven 0.35-oz fluid capacity mini-dropper bottles...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 06, 3:36pm

Keebler Fudge Peanut Butt. filled cookies (like Reese's)
Once again I ran down the aisles of junk food on the local grocery shelves looking for high calorie per ounce food that I would consider like a great treat when out hiking, camping, etc. I do not wan...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
January 05, 8:07pm

Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr Bivy Sack
This is my partner's favorite light weight bivy sack -- the Bozeman Mountain Works VAPR bivy. It does not have the side zipper of the more luxurious model, and weighs about 6.5 oz. -- which is a ...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
January 03, 7:02pm

Integral Designs EXP Unishelter (not eVENT)
See the stats and etc. at the Canadian Mountain Eq...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
January 03, 6:45pm

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
This book is the one item that I wish was lighter, so I could take it with me trekking every time. The rest of my gear has reached a UL/ SUL / or in some cases L weight because of BPL and its affilia...

In Books and Media
December 31, 9:06pm

BMW SpinPoncho "T" LITE - Ultralight Backpacking Tarp
This poncho is on "closeout" for this years model (2006), or it was when I decided to order it. The history or chain of events that led me to order it is the education I have received her...

In Clothing - Raingear
December 30, 6:12pm

Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr NANO Bivy Sack (Pertex Quantum)
I normally try to provide a picture and a link to the description of an item I review. In this case the review comes first. This is the most exciting single piece of gear I bought this year (and f...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
December 29, 11:53pm

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
See description at BPL Gear Shop at:

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 29, 10:54pm

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Glove / Liners
Update: I am going to reduce my rating of these to a 4 because the seams between the fingers allow wind and air in. Otherwise they are very good, but if your hands are already cold it takes exercise...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 28, 4:49pm

Marmot Precip Jacket Mens
See Marmot Precip description at:

In Clothing - Raingear
December 28, 4:14pm