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    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    Dan McHale — knowledge

    Peter Vacco — knowledge (I had the privilege of spending time with him on two different occasions during the past 3 months)

     

    Delmar O’Donnel — enthusiasm

    #3453760
    Bob Moulder
    BPL Member

    @bobmny10562

    Locale: Westchester County, NY

    Joe Annese (rarely), Christian Edstrom (none since ‘the transition from hell’), and I haven’t seen Ralph Burgess around in quite a while.

    #3453768
    Kattt
    BPL Member

    @kattt

    I already said it, but I miss Bob Gross and it stings a bit more than others that left on their own volition. He was really a wealth of knowledge on many subjects, from lightweight gear to photography; he had  decades of experience backpacking in the Sierra and had some great adventures overseas…

    He could irritate people… but I met him when he came to my house and we hiked to my trail cameras and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy,  just wired a bit differently.

    #3453769
    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    I already said it, but I miss Bob Gross and it stings a bit more than others that left on their own volition. He was really a wealth of knowledge on many subjects, from lightweight gear to photography; he had decades of experience backpacking in the Sierra and had some great adventures overseas…

    +1

    As you and I discussed a few months ago, Bob was/is one of my favorite BPL people.

    #3453813
    Greg F
    BPL Member

    @gregf

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    Charging people to post on forums kind of kills bringing in new people which means the forums slowly runs out of newbs for the experts to teach.  And then experts will move on.

     

    #3453832
    Muad’Dib
    BPL Member

    @taiga

    Charging people to post on forums kind of kills bringing in new people which means the forums slowly runs out of newbs for the experts to teach.  And then experts will move on.

    Yup.

    #3453847
    Alex H
    BPL Member

    @abhitt

    Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW

    Most, if not all, of the folks mentioned above.  Brendan Swihart for his photos and insights to canyon country hiking.

    #3453857
    James Marco
    BPL Member

    @jamesdmarco

    Locale: Finger Lakes

    I miss the large number of noobe posts. I miss the large number of expert posts. I miss the woods, and, hills, and, the love of being out that bound our participants and readers together. I miss the different people, nay characters, of this site. And, I miss the world wide diversity they brought to my sport.

    #3453892
    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    Does anyone miss the young guy who worked at REI who offered to answer and solve all our questions about backpacking?

    How about the Death Valley Kickstarter guy?

    :-)

     

    #3453943
    Stephen M
    BPL Member

    @stephen-m

    Locale: Way up North

    I miss my fellow Michigan dwellers Rog Wilmers and Ike Jukowitz.

    #3453979
    Stephen Parks
    Spectator

    @sdparks

    Locale: Southwest

    -B.G.- for sure.  Hasn’t felt the same since.

    Also, currently, Jen. Give us the damn trip report already!

    #3454131
    Diane Pinkers
    BPL Member

    @dipink

    Locale: Western Washington

    Buck Nelson may still be around, but he posts far less than he used to.

    Bob Gross definitely added to the knowledge base around here.

    Delmar cracked me up.

    Just about everyone mentioned.  trolling through old threads, you realize how many names have wandered away.

    I post here much less myself, and only poke my nose in a couple of times a week, not a couple of times per day.

    #3454611
    Five Star
    BPL Member

    @mammoman

    Locale: NE AL

    I rarely post but have to chime in to agree with a great many of these named above, especially Bob Gross.  I’m a member of quite a few internet forums across a wide diversity of interests, and IME this one “eats its own” more than any other, and drives away some high quality contributors.

    #3454820
    Gerry B.
    BPL Member

    @taedawood

    Locale: Louisiana, USA

    Katharina, thank you and everyone else who posted in this thread.  Over the years I learned so much from BPL.  It reignited my love affair for backpacking and like most love affairs, cost me a lot of money! :-)  We have lost so many wonderful members, so many friends!  This community is a shadow of its former self but I want to thank everyone who has hung in there and still contributes.  We still have some wonderful members.

    PS:  Katharina, I too own an incredible Javan Dempsey 10deg quilt.  21.6 oz with Event foot and top band and yes, keeps me warm down to 10 deg…amazing!

    #3454844
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    +1 to the comments about missing the posts of Bob Gross.

    Also many of the original contributors to the BPL book left the forum. Alan Dixon comes to mind.

    Also on another note, kudos to Roger Caffin for his continuous content rich contributions. Not to mention that there seemed to be months and months without end where he appeared to be managing the forums solo.

     

    #3454851
    Michael L
    BPL Member

    @mpl_35

    Locale: NoCo

    Eugene – His posts about hiking with his son were pretty good.  Hasn’t posted on his blog since 9/2016 and that was a RARE update.

    Adan – Wasn’t he related somehow to Eugene?

    George M – good guy

    Miguel – I didn’t agree with him a lot of the time, but he had a ton of info.

    Tons more others have mentioned.  But that is what happens over time…

    Skurka

    Travis L

    All the former staff members that have disappeared over the years.

    #3454900
    Jeffs Eleven
    BPL Member

    @woodenwizard

    Locale: NePo

    Ive been trying to remember travis’s nickname and i finally remembered!  T-Funk!

     

    #3455006
    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member

    @danepacker

    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Yeah, Bog Gross was a great contributor here and is missed by most of us who read his posts.

    Regrets regarding Bob’s forced absence will not die easily.

    Jus’ saying’…

    #3455007
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    and the first post of a thread : )

    #3455291
    rubmybelly!
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    Many of the folks already listed, especially Thom Darrah and Eugene Smith and Miguel Arboleda, and Bill Fornshell, he pushed the envelope on MYOG and I enjoyed his thoughts (thanks Link for mentioning him already). One person not mentioned that I miss is Mike Dundee from Scotland, not only for his European perspective but for his wonderful sense of humor. Wish he was still on BPL.

    The folks that I mention are folks that I felt I connected with in some fashion, which makes the missing all the more tangible. And now I’ll turn this thread a bit, hope Kat doesn’t mind, here are a few tangible things I’ve been blessed to get from BPL members. I use all of these things regularly. Thanks BPL friends. (This doesn’t include all the liquor and cheesecake my good friend Peter V. has shared with me over the last few years.)

    #3455317
    Greg Pehrson
    BPL Member

    @gregpehrson

    Locale: playa del caballo blanco

    Many of the folks I was thinking about have already been mentioned, but I’ll add a couple more BPL MYOG gurus: John Roan (who wrote the MountainUltralight blog) had lots of creative, often inexpensive ideas –I used his pattern for a pack from one yard of material for my pack– and Newton, whose attitude and enthusiasm  were so positive and infectious.

    ….and also Bryce F, who was a fun and (once) prolific poster, and was instrumental in making the first NE BPL gathering happen.

    #3455752
    Albert M
    Spectator

    @borovets

    New guy here; this thread sounds like a requiem.  It’s apparent that most of you believe that BPL has seen much better days.

    I’m thinking I may have wasted 5 bucks.

     

    #3455758
    Brando Sancho
    BPL Member

    @saudade

    Locale: SoCal

    New guy here; this thread sounds like a requiem.  It’s apparent that most of you believe that BPL has seen much better days.

    Don’t worry, when I first got on this site in maybe 2011, people were lamenting the decline of BPL back then too.

     

     

    #3455773
    rubmybelly!
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    “It’s apparent that most of you believe that BPL has seen much better days.”

    I might change ‘most’ to simply ‘many’, but I think that’s a fair statement.

    “I’m thinking I may have wasted 5 bucks.”

    I don’t know what you get for $5, but if you can read articles, then you haven’t wasted your money. If you can post in the forums and get advice from some BPLers for the year, then you haven’t wasted your money.

    #3455779
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    “if you can read articles, . . .  If you can post in the forums and get advice from some BPLers for the year, then you haven’t wasted your money.”

    +1

    “Charging people to post on forums kind of kills bringing in new people which means the forums slowly runs out of newbs for the experts to teach.  And then experts will move on.”

    +1  Probably.  Also, some people, in response to a honest question, don’t post an answer, but links to past answers.  How is “That’s been covered before” welcoming to newbies?

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