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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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Redfeather Hike 22 Snowshoes
The Redfeather Hike 22s were my first pair of snowshoes. I got them about three years ago at a Big 5 for about $60 on sale. Normally they are about $90. Today was my day to review my snow gear, rea...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
December 17, 2:00pm

Mont Bell
I don't know why the previous person rated MontBell, in my spelling, as a 4. They are clearly a 5, IMO. They are a backbone of the UL movement in the world IMO. Their website is great. So ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 16, 7:29pm

Target/Walmart/Etc. Cookie Cooling rack (for grill) $1.75 - 5 oz.
I have used "cheap" commercial products for years in sailing, sea and land kayaking, and camping when I could. Such products are readily available, can be light weight, and low cost alterna...

In Cookware - Other
December 16, 10:17am

Drop Stoppers Microporous Polypropylene Rainsuit
I have played with the Drop Stoppers a bit, carried them a bunch of times this fall. Never had to use them, just tried them out a few times near the house in the drizzle. Finally got a chance to w...

In Clothing - Raingear
December 15, 5:44pm

Patagonia Men's Wool 2 Crew long sleeve
Second Update: I have changed the rating back to a 5 because I have been using, and even abusing this baselayer and it not only holds up, but the loose sleeve cuffs pop back into shape on washing. It...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
December 15, 12:30am

Wells Lamont Vinyl Waterproof Gloves (1 oz.)
Update: On thinking about a rating, I lowered these to a 3. They get tha...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 13, 11:12pm

Nalgene Cantene '48 oz.' (widemouth)
The Nalgene Cantene is light weight at 2 oz. (per REI), though not light compared to...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 13, 10:33pm

Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Micro Dome
This gets a 4, wish I could make it like 4.9, because the seams leak and the lower headband part has no waterproof lining. As a wind stopper it is a 5, but I don't need one for 3 oz. I can wea...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 13, 9:55pm

F. H. Enterprises (Bushbuddy)
The Bushbuddy was delivered on time and exactly as described. The email communication was great. Any info I needed was provided by direct contact with the owner. This company is worth dealing w...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 9:39pm

OR (Outdoor Research)
Update: They just sent me for free a pole for my old bivy sack, bought in about 1992. The staff helped and spent time researching the old bag to get the right length pole, since it is not made anymo...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 9:31pm