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Jump to new posts Ripstop - NOT! by Bill Kennedy @ Yesterday at 09:46 PM

I just received some fabric I ordered for a couple of projects, and am pretty disappointed, and wondering if anyone else has run into this. First, I ordered some 400x300 nylon/polyester "diamond ripstop" and discovered that it's ripstop i
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by Bill Kennedy @ Yesterday at 09:24 PM

What I've always liked about this board (I first registered in '03 as "billk") is that everyone, regardless of age, is civil and seems genuinely interested in backpacking and helping others who are also interested. We don't all agree on eve
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by JustWalking @ Yesterday at 05:19 PM

"It is not a matter of "vibe". It is a matter of relevance and survival." I partially disagree. There are certain things people like about this site and its forums, that's why they're here and not elsewhere. It's true that witho
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by wandering_daisy @ Yesterday at 03:13 PM

It is not a matter of "vibe". It is a matter of relevance and survival. But I do not run the show, so guess it does not matter. Just my observation that other forums are a lot more active, both in posts and actual trips taken and reported
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Jump to new posts Re: Map, compass, and watch: not quite obsolete yet by Lonerock @ Yesterday at 11:38 AM

Sounds like you made some good decisions in finding your way out of a bad situation. I think it's difficult not to feel some degree of panic when you're suddenly disoriented. I've found that secret is not to make rash decisions and stay put until you
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by JustWalking @ Yesterday at 01:53 AM

"I regret to say this, but I think our forum does not attract the "young and strong" and we are over-represented by the "old and wise". I think we need to figure out how to attract these younger folks, or we will wither away.
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I've heard the term "dead reckoning" forever but never knew what it meant: I guess it's a 4-state Kalman Filter. The time aspect of distance estimation was the one I never appreciated much until the event that caused me to begin this threa
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by aimless @ 04/23/18 07:31 PM

Oh well, I was already planning on withering away eventually anyway.
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by wandering_daisy @ 04/23/18 06:33 PM

The young and strong I see on the trails DO carry tiny packs. If you were to buy new gear today, most of it would be lighter than what you could buy 10 years ago. And the young I see do not seem to worry about money- some pretty high-tech stuff they
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by aimless @ 04/23/18 02:37 PM

Maybe all the young and strong backpackers who can carry 55 lbs without whimpering through the final 3 miles to camp are not flocking to a lightweight backpacking site to discuss how to save another 6 oz.
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by Bill Kennedy @ 04/23/18 02:07 PM

Young and strong? Well, I'm only 70 and could probably fight my way out of a wet paper bag if necessary:)
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Jump to new posts Re: Muscle cramps by Bill Kennedy @ 04/23/18 02:04 PM

If it's a persistent problem, a visit to the doctor is probsbly advisable. Thermotabs (often called "salt tablets") contain potassium as well as sodium and other electrolytes. Sold at Walmart and Walgreens, but not in all areas of the cou
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by Jim M @ 04/23/18 12:47 PM

22 pounds ain't bad. I'm an old guy and in the olden days we carried 50 pound packs while climbing, and I even remember 55 Lbs. when I was backpacking with the family. They used to say 1/5 th (20%) body weight was comfortable goal. 22 Lbs. would
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Jump to new posts Re: Muscle cramps by 4evrplan @ 04/23/18 11:35 AM

Originally Posted By BZHyup I agree with Pika. Its easy to replace the electrolyte sodium, but potassium is bit harder Banana chips? ETA: https://draxe.com/top-10-potassium-rich-foods/
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Jump to new posts Re: Muscle cramps by BZH @ 04/23/18 11:28 AM

yup I agree with Pika. Its easy to replace the electrolyte sodium, but potassium is bit harder
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Jump to new posts Re: Muscle cramps by Pika @ 04/23/18 10:58 AM

Low potassium can cause cramping of the large muscles. Might be worth looking at.
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Jump to new posts Re: Tyvek or polycryo DIY tarps- worth it? by Axel999 @ 04/23/18 08:42 AM

I purchased the Tyvek tarp at E-Bay https://bestoutdooritems.com/backpacking-tarps/. It ran me like $24 delivered for the 9' x 10' Tyvek sheet, and included 10 corner loops. Our search and rescue team tried tyvek tarps. We ran them through a washer w
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Jump to new posts Re: Trying To (you guessed it) Reduce Weight by Bill Kennedy @ 04/23/18 04:13 AM

I can get it down to around 20lbs. without much trouble. I don't necessarily take everything on that list, like the daypack, sandals, and 3rd pair of socks. Also, the list was generated from an old spreadsheet and some of the weights aren't correct f
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Jump to new posts Re: Katadyn BeFree vs Sawyer Mini by Bill Kennedy @ 04/23/18 03:33 AM

Pretty clever. I wonder if the cotton will reduce the flow too much once it's wet and the fibers cling together. If it does, you could try adapting the fine mesh screen that's found in the aerator of a sink fixture. It might even be the right size.
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