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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
How many BPL members have you met? on 10/13/2012 17:54:22 MDT Print View

With G.G.G.s right around the corner I've been thinking about how many BPLrs I've actually met through the years. And what a great group they have been too.

Since backpacking is taken up by only a small percentage of folks, and UL packing folk are a still much smaller group, how many of you have actually met another member?

Since doing the G.G.G.s I've been lucky enough to meet about a hundred of you. Amazingly enough when you get a group together they all play well with each other for the most part. An activity that bridges all kinds of socioeconomic gaps.

Good on you.

Seek others. It's worth it.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/13/2012 18:13:03 MDT Print View

On this side of the pond I have met two Ken, one for a trip in Michigan and and another for two trips in the Rockies.
Not bad going because I have only been in the US since Febuary and was back in Europe working or on leave for two of those months.

In the UK I have met a couple but at Outdoorsmagic meets but they post here regularly.

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
Re How many BPL members have you met? on 10/13/2012 18:14:19 MDT Print View

None, yet. UL isn't a big movement in Alaska yet and have only noted one other BPL member from Alaska so far. But mostly I'm here to learn so that I can take what I learn here and put it into practice so I can enjoy hiking/backpacking more with all my friends whether they are focusing on UL or not.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/13/2012 18:53:35 MDT Print View

About 6 fairly current members/posters and 2 who were active members years ago. 1 pooch.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/13/2012 19:22:09 MDT Print View

I think the count is at 12 for me (Grand Canyon R2R2R run and Pecos Wilderness group trips '11 and'12), including HK Newman, who I randomly ran up to (literally) on a trail run a few weeks ago. I want to meet more of you in person and I'm pretty sure I will over time.

rowan !
(romonster) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
How many BPL members have you met? on 10/13/2012 20:41:12 MDT Print View

None, so far. But that will change on Friday!

Don Amundson
(amrowinc) - M

Locale: Southern California
BPL members met on 10/13/2012 21:10:06 MDT Print View

Hey Rowan--unless it's just an extreme coincidence you met a BPL member in 2010 on a trip to Willet Hot Springs in the Los Padres NF. Me. We were hiking with Ray Estrella amongst others though I don't know if he was with BPL at that time. Sometimes us BPL people like to remain anonymous but show by example.

Andrew Wolff
(Andrew) - M

Locale: Chattanooga
BPL Members Met on 10/14/2012 10:28:28 MDT Print View

I can come up with at least six people that i've met who are or have been members or posters here, maybe there's more. Do wish i could make it to the GGG or one of the big group runs or trips to meet more of you... Maybe one day.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 10:41:13 MDT Print View

Thanks to the Kens, I've met many members at the GGGs. I've only met one on my own, when I went to pick up an order of bio-ethanol from Harald nearby.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 10:44:10 MDT Print View

DK not only has met a bunch, but fed them delicious brownies as well. Twice.

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
BPLers Ive met on 10/14/2012 11:54:20 MDT Print View

Seven with only one random meeting on the trail that I know of (Andrew Wolff). One I met here and caught a ride out west to the winds with (Jen Mitol). The rest I met at THE UPPER MIDWEST GGG last may which is about to happen again on the weekend of oct 26,27&28 In which anyone interested in light or ultralight backpacking is welcome to attend

rowan !
(romonster) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: BPL members met on 10/14/2012 14:47:08 MDT Print View

Don Amundson says:
"Hey Rowan--unless it's just an extreme coincidence you met a BPL member in 2010 on a trip to Willet Hot Springs in the Los Padres NF. Me. We were hiking with Ray Estrella amongst others..."

Oh, hi, Don! You're absolutely right, we have met. I didn't realize you were on here. And I forgot about Ray, since I didn't meet him through BPL. So I guess that makes two members I've met.

Edited by romonster on 10/14/2012 14:47:38 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 16:40:51 MDT Print View

I've met about 3 BPLer's.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 17:14:22 MDT Print View

Has anyone ever been hiking down a trail, seen somebody with a cuben fiber pack (or any ultralight gear) and found that person to be a BPL member?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 17:17:39 MDT Print View

"Has anyone ever been hiking down a trail, seen somebody with a cuben fiber pack (or any ultralight gear) and found that person to be a BPL member?"

Yes. Josh and I ran into someone at Point Reyes. I ran into a couple of people at Henry Coe that were there the same weekend as the GGG and were not aware of it taking place.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 18:27:49 MDT Print View

Having hopped on a plane? About 10 at the Grand Canyon R2R2R.

Around town or on the local trails? None. Dena is, I think, the closest in Alaska. Which is akin to being in NYC and the nearest BPLer being in Boston (if, you know, all the people were spruce trees and mountains).

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
How many BPL members have you met? on 10/14/2012 18:45:54 MDT Print View

Douglas Ide and I spent 7 long years together in a small dank Turkish prison cell.

The only thing that got us through it was long talks about CLO, cuben fiber, global warming and U.S. presidential politics.