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Barry P (BarryP) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
About Me Electrical Engineer by trade. Hobbies include recumbent bike riding, magic, piano, music compostion and of course backpacking.

Backpack monthly with scouts or other small group. Love the exercise and alertness it brings. Ray Way caught my eye in 2001. My load lightened. Because of that, able to go faster, farther, AND still smell the roses. Love the lightweight insight on this forum. I'm also a Teva sandal backpacker. My feet love them.
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Re: Re: Re: Water Filtering/Purification - Which to choose?
A lot of good stuff posted! “Am I missing or misunderstanding something?” From your link, lifestraw claims: 1) “New LifeStraw® Mission Is The First Gravity Powered Water Purifier To R...

In GEAR » Water Filtering/Purification - Which to choose?
July 27, 4:47pm

Re: ideas on alternate ways for quick and easy inflation of air matrass please
A few people mentioned the camp-tek/thermarest battery pump. I’ve actually been enjoying that. I set up tent while the mat is filling. It takes about 3 minutes for a regular neoair. If it takes l...

In GEAR » ideas on alternate ways for quick and easy inflation of air matrass please
July 07, 2:28pm

Re: sandals = blisters? Can't find proper fitting sandals
" I am wearing them without socks, for the record." Hmmm... I don't know what to say. There are a few people that can backpack miles in sandlas w/o socks. Me-- I usually get a blis...

In GEAR » sandals = blisters? Can't find proper fitting sandals
June 26, 12:52pm

Re: Freedom or Ultra
I picked up that Freedom on sale last December. I also noticed it’s hard to do 1L. You have to pull the Freedom out, dry off the contacts REAL GOOD and then you can get it working again. This add...

In GEAR » Which SteriPen Model?
June 25, 1:19pm

Re: Re: Re: lightest camp shoes
“Many of us have non-standard shape feet…” What I have seen is everyone has “non-standard shape feet” I’ll give you a hint. Sometimes hiking shoes don’t cut it. Because of my no...

In GEAR » lightest camp shoes
June 24, 5:05pm

Re: lightest camp shoes
This reminds me of a Backpacking Magazine thread “need camp shoes”. If your hiking footwear is not comfortable enough to be a camp slipper where you can sit down and go ahhhh..., then I think ...

In GEAR » lightest camp shoes
June 23, 1:05pm

Re: FS: SMD Skyscape Scout used three nights!
A couple o questions: 1). Will stakes come with this? If not, that’s fine; just wondering 2). “tent is NOT seam sealed” but in an earlier post (4/27/15) you stated “I did my SMD skyscape ...

In Gear Swap » FS: SMD Skyscape Scout used three nights!
May 27, 4:01pm

Re: iPhone/Anker charging cable question
Regarding your "Anker Astro Mini". I have two of these. If I charge the battery today, tomorrow it can charge my phone fully. But in 2 days the Mini cannot charge my phone fully. I.e.,...

In GEAR » iPhone/Anker charging cable question
May 21, 1:00pm

Re: Most breathable sandals
“I have looked into Keen because I like the hard sole and sturdiness but I have read that they are not as breathable also because of the toe box is rather closed. Do you have any suggestions of ...

In GEAR » Most breathable sandals
May 19, 1:05pm

Re: Wife needs a new bag. Any ladies out there have suggestions?
“my Ultralite is a long so it's a bit of a waste on her” It may be OK. I just hiked with a group over the weekend near the Tetons. Temperature was 18F. One girl had a Helium but it was l...

In GEAR » Wife needs a new bag. Any ladies out there have suggestions?
April 20, 4:30pm

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