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  • #3753546
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    What about Permethrin, or an insect repelling dog collar? The Sawyer site has an interesting solution in one of the photos on this site –

    https://www.sawyer.com/page/dogs-and-permethrin-insect-repellent

    #3753349
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Thanks for the links. This is really interesting.

    #3752712
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I only recently found that if I went up 2 sizes I can fit into the Ultra Raptors and they have turned out to be a great off-trail shoe. I can’t speak to longevity yet, but they perform really well on the technical stuff I get into here on the Colorado plateau. I found they fit quite similarly to the Wildcats. I passed on the Wildcats due to the durability issues you mentioned. The Ultra Raptors, V1, have a 9mm drop vs 12mm for the Wildcats which was another factor in my decision.

    #3752172
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    “Has anyone had issues with them getting into tents and or other gear while you were away?”

    Yes. As a matter of fact, in areas where they are more habituated to human presence, I’ve had them come right into camp and try to take food and, once, my pack. We also had a hole chewed in our tent while climbing a nearby peak. I believe this was a marmot as when we returned to camp there were two of them rummaging around. A NPS ranger suggested using predator urine around camp as a deterrent.  I’ve haven’t tried that yet, but it does work in my garden to keep local cats away. I generally try to avoid camping in marmot country if I’m going to be leaving camp for long. My bigger fear is marmots and rabbits messing with my vehicle.

    #3752123
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    VBLs are designed to be used in pretty cold temps, not at 60-80 degrees F. I’ve tried plastic, mylar, Tyvek, and rain jackets as warm weather blankets and they’re all way too clammy for my taste and I live in a very dry climate. How about bringing a small sit pad for wet ground? An old piece of ensolite doesn’t weigh much. Also, at 60-80 F, why not just use clothes instead of any blanket at all?

    #3751929
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I’ve had the aggressive dog experience more than once. Without a doubt, my hiking poles saved my butt.  For a pack, if you can get the alpha to back off, the rest will usually follow. But, it may be that bear spray or firearms are your best options. My local sheriff warned me that some dogs become more aggressive when sprayed, so suggested carrying a gun.

    #3750961
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    From my experience, each pack manufacturer has their own way of measuring torso length. It would be best to contact Palante for this info.

    #3750466
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    The Speedgoats are offered in wide widths. When Altra started fiddling with their sizing a few years ago I tried a few different brands and settled on Hokas. I have very wide feet and the Speedgoats (wide) are perfect for me. Also, the Hoka Stinson, although not marketed as a wide shoe, is in fact pretty wide and fits me perfectly. It’s maximally cushioned and works really well as my recovery shoe.  I never found heel drop to affect me as I switched back and forth between Altras and other brands. YMMV.

    #3747765
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I love my Speedgoats on trail, but they do leave something to be desired off-trail. I do lots of off-trail here on the Colorado plateau and often the SG just doesn’t inspire confidence, especially on some the the steeper stuff. Side-hilling is bit sketchy and the exposed foam does get beat up, but I don’t think I’m using them for what there were designed to do. On the positive side, they are very grippy and have held up well to the abuse I give them. I too can’t find a La Sportiva model that fits me.

    #3747764
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Thanks for the tips folks. Except for the hand braces, I had tried everything mentioned so far. I just picked up a pair of braces and so far, I like them. The ones I bought aren’t comfortable gripping a pole, but for immobilizing my hands at home, and while sleeping, they seem to help.

    #3747213
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Dump it, BUT, there is value in having access to historical data, so perhaps it would be possible to archive it somewhere? I have no idea how this would impact BPL, but it’s something to keep in mind.

    #3746768
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I use PlantNet, a free Android app.

    #3745476
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Where I live, at this time of year, I’ll sometimes wear my mask outside for two reasons: 1) Allergies. 2) It’s open burn season. A mask helps for both those situations. Truthfully, the open burning affects me far more than my allergies. At least I can, and do, take allergy meds. For 5 months per year agricultural burning is allowed in my area, but it seems the majority of it occurs in April and May, This also happens to be allergy season so it’s a double whammy for those of us who are sensitive.

    #3743800
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I’ve had great success using Sawyer Permethrin. For clothing, I mainly use it on shoes, socks, gaiters, and pants. I also use it on my pack and tent mesh. I’ve been doing this for a number of years now and I haven’t seen any negative effects on my gear. As Marcus stated, the Martin’s is much less expensive than the Sawyer’s, but I just can’t get used to the smell, so I’ve stopped using it.

    #3743483
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    A clarification to my previous comment –

    When I stated I’d like a clickable table of contents, I meant for the podcast, not for a printed transcript. Not sure if my meaning came across the first time.

     

    #3743453
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I often skip the podcasts due to time, so  I would find a transcript to be helpful. However, what I would prefer is a clickable table of contents that would take me right to a section I’m interested in. Right now there is so much valuable information buried in the podcasts that is essentially inaccessible without a struggle.

    #3739928
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Great idea Rex! Thanks for putting this together, and please continue!

    #3738457
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Along with what’s already been said, I try to balance weight between my front and back I have a couple of Aarn compact balance pockets that I modified to fit some existing packs and along with a couple of waist belt holsters, I can carry 5 liters up front in relative comfort. As others have said, you’ll want to do some experimenting. Have a great trip!

    #3736883
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Check out the Lowepro Dashpoint cases. I have an RX100 II and it fits, with a little room to spare in my Dashpoint 20. (In a previous thread I mistakenly said I had the Dashpoint 10). I attach it to my shoulder strap as pictured above, but it can also be attached to a waist belt. It’s got plenty of padding so I don’t worry about bumps and bruises.

    #3736742
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    If you’re a member, and not logged in, I believe this is normal behavior.

    If you’re not a member, well… you get what you pay for.

    #3736726
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    +1 to what Karen said. I can completely change my scent by varying my diet. For me, high levels of protein, especially from meat,  make my sweat smell. During colder months I crave meat and my sweat stinks, at least to me. During the hot summers where I live, I become almost vegetarian, and even though I sweat more, I stink less. I don’t wear deodorant, so I keep tabs on my scent, mainly for the benefit of others.

    #3736449
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I’ve had mixed results using a shoe stretcher on synthetic shoes. (They can work wonders on leather though). My experience with synthetic shoes is that they can be stretched a small amount in width, but not in length.  I soak the shoes in water first, install the stretcher, then let them dry with the stretcher installed.

    #3736026
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    I’ve never seen a headband with the features you’re looking for. Sounds like you’re talking about a ski mask? I have one that has holes for my eyes and mouth, but not my nose. I suppose you could cut a hole if need be.

     

    #3735826
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Good tip about the milk jug Arthur. Thanks.

    #3735732
    PaulW
    BPL Member

    @peweg8

    Locale: Western Colorado

    Thanks for this article Rob. This subject is near and dear to my heart. I live and explore on the Colorado Plateau and often run into nasty water of the kind you’ve pictured. My alum experiments so far have been a bit hit and miss, so I’m hoping you can answer a few questions. 1) Is the alum that one would find in the spice rack at the grocery store acceptable to use for water treatment? 2) How important is using calcium hydroxide? Does it affect flocculation? 3) Do these chemicals have expiration dates? Thanks for any tips.

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