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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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Mountain Hardwear Co.
The staff know the goods or can access a computer data base and actual hard copy catalogues, going back as far as the 1990s. That means they can discuss the gear, and there are a lot of items they ha...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 9:14pm

Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
The first review is 100% correct. You can even call and talk to people for advice about how best to use the MSR gear. They are one of the backbones of the UL movement, as far as major mainstream man...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 9:10pm

MSR Blizzard Tent Stake (snow)
This stake is light and looks good to go. Weighs 25 g, or about 1 oz. ea...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 13, 9:03pm

Vargo Ascent Tent Stake
Update: I originally rated these as 5. After testing in very rocky vol...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 13, 8:54pm

Pelouze Postal Scale K5
This scale is easy to read, has a large table area so it is good for larger,...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 13, 8:19pm

REI Sub Kilo 15* Ladies Regular
My partner has been really happy with her 20 F version of the sub-kilo since she bought it. It is soft, comfy (I tried it out once and she is right), durable so far. It is mainly just plain comforta...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
December 13, 8:13pm

OR Gorilla Winstop Balaclava Ju...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 13, 8:05pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 F, 800 down
This is my three season bag that I am testing in winter, so long as it can be kept dry. Weighs 1 lb. 5 oz. I have used it for two years or so and it hasn't got a problem. Zipper is great ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
December 13, 7:40pm

Real Foods Corn Thins (organic)
. These are always in my pack because they are filling, and if you like corn th...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 13, 7:28pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Update: I just discovered I can place the BushBuddy inside my MSR Titan kettle, turn the lid upside down and the lid fits perfectly over the top of the BushBuddy. Thus, risk of damaging or crunching ...

In Stoves - Other
December 13, 6:34pm