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Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: avalibility of thin ti rod by the-gr8t-waldo @ Yesterday at 05:43 PM

Probably a poor choice of words. the last few years I've been using a premade wind screen....it's not heavy- more thick to withstand the daily folding up and unfolding. About 6years ago i bought them online...it was a twofer deal. (after four years,
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by aimless @ 11/22/17 09:34 PM

In 70 years of backpacking, I've never felt the need of a thermometer. Colin Fletcher always took one with him. Thermometers are given a short section in The Complete Walker and are mentioned in passing in his other books. He seemed to enjoy running
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by edfardos @ 11/22/17 08:47 PM

i appreciate all the experience and advice! i have a garmin gps, and a gps on my ameture radio, which privides compass as well. i guess i'mm looking for a backup, and/or something lighter than those things. I'm leaning towards a casio prg300 at th
Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again by Elbonito @ 11/22/17 05:57 PM

Is this like a Mora knife? I carry a Mora 1 when I go out. It is light and super useful for camp chores and feather sticks. Mors Kochanski used a knife like the Mora 1 for big portion of his career.
Backcountry Health & Safety
Jump to new posts Re: What to Keep in a Bear Canister? by BZH @ 11/22/17 04:12 PM

Originally Posted By Jim M... Where I have hiked in California and Washington State there has never been any fatalities from black bear attacks. Around here (Olympic mtns.) we see them or their tracks fairly often, but they don't seem to associate us
Backcountry Beginners
Jump to new posts Re: Suggested Trails Texas / South OK by Aussie Campr @ 11/22/17 03:45 PM

Thanks guys, I'll look into these
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Jump to new posts Re: Spork or utensil set? by the-gr8t-waldo @ 11/22/17 03:43 PM

I would only add....I also use a small s-biner to attach my spoon to the back pack, and stuff the spoon into some pocket. about the same security measure that i do for my compass
Backcountry Health & Safety
Jump to new posts Re: What to Keep in a Bear Canister? by Jim M @ 11/22/17 02:32 PM

As with most things backpacking, it depends on the situation. Where I have hiked, with the exception of Alaska, the bears, although present, have not bothered us. We have hung our food, but when impossible, kept it in the tent. Nowadays we try har
Make Your Own Gear!
Just a few comments: i have a friend who made a Tyvek bivvy and he said he had way too much condensation while snow camping. Exact material unknown, probably house wrap. I have a three layer gortex bivvy and it works. It has kept me dry in a few ra
Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: homemade gaiters ? by Jim M @ 11/22/17 01:59 PM

REminds me of a story. We were up high trying to reach a peak in winter and my friend forgot his gaiters. When we got to deep snow we took some plastic from a garbage bag one of us were carrying and some para-cord and simply warped the plastic arou
Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: avalibility of thin ti rod by Jim M @ 11/22/17 01:54 PM

I guess I don't understand your "heavy aluminum" design. Mine is narrow enough at the bottom so it doesn't slip down over the canister. I leave one side (downwind side) open so i can reach the control and plenty of air gets in so the tank
Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: DIY Fire Starter by Jim M @ 11/22/17 01:47 PM

I liked the video. Thanks
Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: lightest grommets to use by Jim M @ 11/22/17 01:43 PM

[u][/u]I have seen duct tape used in place of grommets. You can take a narrow strip of duct tape and put it on one side, twist it over (so it does not stick together) and apply it to the other side to form a loop you can put a string through. I like
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by Glenn Roberts @ 11/21/17 08:51 PM

And there’s the old rule about attaching a short length of light line to a zipper pull on your pack: when it’s wet, it’s raining; when it’s stiff, it’s cold and raining; when it is sticking straight out, it’s windy; when you can’t see i
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by balzaccom @ 11/21/17 07:46 PM

Great post, OM! I know what you mean. We usually only check the thermometer to see how close we came to having the water bottles freeze. After all, it's cold---you put on more clothes. It's warm, put on fewer clothes. It's not like you have a ch
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by OregonMouse @ 11/21/17 05:03 PM

I would never trust so vital a navigation instrument as a compass to anything requiring batteries, and especially not to something as difficult to use (those tiny buttons are hard to push and don't always work) or as prone to malfunction as a wrist w
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by balzaccom @ 11/21/17 01:15 PM

I take a separate compass as part of our navigation equipment--a nice brunton. The watch is a Casio Pathfinder 3143. Solar powered, so it needs no attention. The Altimeter works quite well, if you understand how it functions. It does not read o
Make Your Own Gear!
Jump to new posts Re: Plant based insulation... by billstephenson @ 11/20/17 09:19 PM

When I was a kid we called "Hillbilly TP" and I always kind of wanted to try it! Now that I've been making tea out of it I'd be be hard pressed to waste any on that, but I still kind of wanna try it just to know I will say this about it
General Discussion
Jump to new posts Re: Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days by billstephenson @ 11/20/17 09:05 PM

I'm jealous! (pics would help cure that ) Should be sweet as can be. Have fun!!!
General Discussion
Jump to new posts Re: Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days by 41253 @ 11/20/17 08:33 PM

My son and I did that a while back and loved it for all the variety in 26 or so miles. I also remember the chilly water crossings, welcome in summer when we did it.
Backcountry Beginners
Jump to new posts Re: Suggested Trails Texas / South OK by OregonMouse @ 11/20/17 06:01 PM

I don't know much about Texas, just that I flew over it once (Denver-Houston) and it took hours. I was impressed by this trip report from "P Mags" that was on his blog last winter. It may be too far from you, but it certainly has scenery!
Lite Gear Talk
Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by edfardos @ 11/20/17 08:20 AM

thanks guys, so on the casio watch, they get mixed reviews. any complaints? model? I'd like to keep all these things under 2oz too. The crackerjack compass you see everywhere is draggy, and off by as much as 90 degrees. I suspect a real needle
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by Pika @ 11/20/17 07:53 AM

I carry a Silvia mirror sighting compass. It is lightweight (about an ounce) and pretty accurate. It is liquid damped and prone to bubbles at altitude but still works. I don't recall the model number but REI carries them. I also carry a spirit-in
General Discussion
Jump to new posts Re: Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days by balzaccom @ 11/20/17 12:09 AM

We want photos!
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Jump to new posts Re: compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter by balzaccom @ 11/20/17 12:09 AM

Hmmm. I use a casio solar powered watch that has all of those functions. But I only use the altimeter. The thermometer is too close to my arm, and picks up too much body temperature. And I don't use the barometer at all...
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