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#110858 - 02/07/09 09:42 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: OregonMouse]
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What I've used is the SMC Perforated Snow Stake (also useful in soft earth): http://www.backcountrygear.com/catalog/accessdetail.cfm/SMC225

It's aluminum and fairly long, so the downside is that if you're not a bit cautious, you can use the leverage to bend the tip, after which it's never as strong in future. Still, I've used this as my only hole digging implement for something like 3000 miles now, and only bent it a couple of times. At $1.50 each, it's a cheap thing to try, and maybe useful for it's intended purpose too smile

If you want to make it a little more comfortable to hold, dip the top couple inches in plastidip.
You might also want to file the edges a bit to smooth it out (remove small metal burrs), depending on how you carry this on/in your pack (I slip it in the external mesh because ... well, when a body has to go, a body has to go!).
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#110880 - 02/08/09 12:36 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: BrianLe]
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Foam sit pad:

1. Add to the end of my 3/4 length pad to insulate my feet at night.

2. Fan for fires

3. Frame for frameless pack.

4. Windscreen for alcohol stoves

5. Of course, a sit pad!

Others have already mentioned some good ideas I also use.


Edited by jasonklass (02/08/09 12:37 PM)
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#111312 - 02/15/09 08:31 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: jasonklass]
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I carry a plastic sleeve that might hold a magazine. It's made of the same material and thickness as a contractor bag. When resting on the trail, I put it on the ground and sit on it, especially on damp days. In camp I am likely to fill it with kindling or anything else that needs keepig dry.
Also I carry 4 chopsticks. There is a particular design that works well as a tent stake...eat with them or use as kindling.

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#111372 - 02/16/09 08:55 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: chaz]
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"James Taylor "rocks"......
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#111417 - 02/17/09 02:15 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: sabre11004]
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James Taylor? eek Isn't he the "Bon Jovi" of the hippie set?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkRIRnaRSkM

BF cool


Edited by bigfoot2 (02/17/09 03:33 PM)
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#111435 - 02/17/09 07:50 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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eek I'm not even clicking that...

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#111437 - 02/17/09 07:56 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: billstephenson]
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I'm terrified to click most of BF's youtube links!
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#111444 - 02/17/09 11:28 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: Folkalist]
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BFs links are awesome and they are often very closely associated with really wierd stuff so that I end up spending half an hour watching other stuff that keeps popping up. MOst recently it was hedge hogs and totally stoned out looking people flipping butterfly knifes.

Now butterfly knifes are a real multiuse item. ???

Oh and can we call a gun a match?
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#111449 - 02/18/09 04:30 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Originally Posted By Jimshaw
BFs links are awesome ...can we call a gun a match?
Jim


Glad you brought this up, Jim! Who wins when a knife goes up against a gun? wink This link's for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k032tSEeAs&feature=related

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#111455 - 02/18/09 01:05 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: Jimshaw]
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I am still laughing at the Aerosmith one in the women pants thread. Steve Tyler always amazes me on how strange he looks. It is amazing how Liv is able to be as hot as she is. confused

I am also amazed at how quickly BF can find the video.
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#111463 - 02/18/09 03:20 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: finallyME]
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I think BF is one of those genious types. He probably just surfs youtube with his mind!

See, y'all did it again. I wasn't going to click the link and now I have to see what y'all are talking about.

BF, how DO you fing all those links so quicly?
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#111502 - 02/19/09 12:09 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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Stone gods hugh? That's about the most trite name any musician could choose for their band. Usually when someone is refered to as a ROCK God it's because they have captured the essence and admiration of their fans, eg. Eric Clapton. You don't call yourself an icon. Your fans must choose. Man, what has the world come to. Now what can a guitar serve as a multi use item? YOu can make music with it and then set it on fire. ala Jimi Hendrix. Oh and I forgot. You can use it to beat off all your fans rushing the stage. Or just smash it to smithereens to make kindling.
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#111506 - 02/19/09 02:36 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: chaz]
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Originally Posted By chaz
Stone gods hugh? That's about the most trite name...


It's a better name than "American Idol"... crazy This is their OLD band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFtywrOTnHw&feature=related
BF cool


Edited by bigfoot2 (02/19/09 02:38 PM)
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#111507 - 02/19/09 02:51 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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Okay, I knew better, but I clicked that one anyway...

sick ehhhuuu...

I'm sure "The Darkness" has it's fans, but I'm not sure why.

However, I was inspired to create an ultra-lightweight hiking suit that will hypnotize wild animals when I'm bushwhacking around, so there was a bright side wink

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#111529 - 02/19/09 07:19 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: billstephenson]
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Originally Posted By billstephenson
... I was inspired to create an ultra-lightweight hiking suit that will hypnotize wild animals when I'm bushwhacking around, so there was a bright side wink

Bill


I've wondered the same thing... anyone know if Smartwool makes a catsuit in cougar print? Size XXL with an open chest? It can't be a boot-cut, either...it MUST be bell-bottomed wink

BF cool


Edited by bigfoot2 (02/19/09 07:20 PM)
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#111532 - 02/19/09 08:08 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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Oh, God! The picture in my head, make it stop!
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#111536 - 02/19/09 09:27 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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" a catsuit in cougar print? Size XXL with an open chest? It can't be a boot-cut, either...it MUST be bell-bottomed
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I know of a place on Haight Street in San Francisco that will make it for you if they don't have it in stock already. You could also pick up the in-appropriate underwear while you were there, and perhaps some xxl patterned panty hose.
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#111551 - 02/20/09 09:47 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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Originally Posted By bigfoot2

Bill

I've wondered the same thing... anyone know if Smartwool makes a catsuit in cougar print? Size XXL with an open chest? It can't be a boot-cut, either...it MUST be bell-bottomed wink


Get two. I may be in portland in november wink

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#111556 - 02/20/09 10:03 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Jim,
You do not wear underwear with a catsuit...duhhhh grin

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#111561 - 02/20/09 10:21 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: phat]
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Originally Posted By phat
I may be in portland in november wink


November in Portland it is!! I'll bring the steaks and wiskey wink
How's the Eagle Creek trail sound, Phat? It's just outside of Portland down the Columbia gorge and there are plenty of trees for our hammocks! Nice easy long scenic trail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ1i47g3mJ8

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#111567 - 02/20/09 11:33 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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In the 70's and 80's I had big hair. But at least when I look back I won't have a vision of very cheezy rock suits. Now all my cloths come from the gear store.
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#111600 - 02/20/09 07:25 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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I know - we pondered doing that last time. If I still end up
going there we'll do it (the trip is not 100% at this point in
time..)
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#111619 - 02/20/09 10:51 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: phat]
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phat

Bigfoot only eats burned steaks. I took good steaks and he wanted it burned! Burned steaks and candy...
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#111621 - 02/20/09 11:05 PM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: Jimshaw]
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phat

Bigfoot only eats burned steaks. I took good steaks and he wanted it burned! Burned steaks and candy...
Jim


Not true, Jim. I made the spaghetti the second night...with candy as a side dish smile I remember you whining the whole trip about not having creamer for your coffee, though.... crazy

http://www.helium.com/items/74641-the-dangers-of-eating-undercooked-meat

I don't think Phat would mind you tagging along with us if we go, so stop worrying cry Besides, we need a Hooch to have some fun with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7CY2LFA6dY
Consider yourself invited!


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#111645 - 02/21/09 11:55 AM Re: REAL multi use items? [Re: bigfoot2]
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Burned steak? yuck! kiss both sides of it lightly with the grill and it's done.

Coffee creamer? yeech. That's only for making your skim milk
powder taste more like Nido in your FBC recepies.. don't pollute your coffee with it.

Geez, sounds like you're both a pack of high maintenance princesses wink


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