joseph blowski

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Backpacking
Mountain Biking

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Just a regular joe that likes hiking, backcountry camping, and mountain biking. Im also a part time super hero.

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joseph blowski wrote a question about on December 4, 2009

are these good for rocky or frozen ground??
anyone have experience trying to pound these into tough ground??
would these be better for rocky or frozen ground than the north face (v shape, 10pk) listed on this site??
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joseph blowski wrote a question about on November 29, 2009

I bought a whisperlite about a year ago and I think it has an old pump, it doesn't look like the one in the picture, it has a small aluminum dial for flow control not the big red plastic knob, and it has two plastic white tubes and doesn't have the right angle like the one in the pic. Am I right, do I have an old pump?? and if so is there any way I can get msr to replace it with a new one??
Even if it is an old one is there any reason for me to upgrade the one I've got (works fine by the way)?? I only cook simple meals that require boiling water, oatmeal, tea, pasta side dishes etc.
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joseph blowski wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

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I have the 2008 model (blue one). I've used it down to -14c and although I was warm enough to sleep (I'm a cold sleeper) it could have been warmer. On that night I used a homemade fleece liner and was wearing fleece pants, wool socks, and wool sweater. My downfall was that I wasn't using a very good sleeping pad, if I was I'm sure I would have been able to sleep at way colder temps.
With all winter camping you need to have a really good pad or your bag will not keep you as warm as you like.
The drawstring around the chest and hood are really good at keeping the warmth in. It is very spacious around the chest and allowed good movement (I toss and turn a lot), a little tight in the knees but still ok. The material is soft and comfy to the touch and really invites you to doze off. The zipper needs to be guided most of the way as its not the smoothest action I would like.
You will need a compression bag, it doesn't come with one (at least 2008 didn't). Without a compression bag the only option is to lash it on outside somewhere cause its BIG. Its also a little heavy but at this price you have to give up something.

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joseph blowski wrote a question about on January 28, 2009

what would you choose for general winter camping in canada?? im looking at this bag or TNF Elkhorn, both are 0deg synthetic. the Elkhorn has H.O.T SL and this one has Climashield HL and the Elkhorn is $60 bucks cheaper but I think its 07 or 08 model. I plan on doing some overnights in the rockies.

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