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About Me Bike camper, hammocker, tinkerer.

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Agreed on Many Points
Having backpacked ~70 miles of the FT (actually, I've covered probably a total of ~300 trail miles, but a lot of it was repeats--mostly in the Ocala region, due to its nice section of trail), I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My Florida Trail Insights
March 20, 6:38am

Re: Density
Delmar asked: Sorry to be dense, John, but: "Adjustable back visor"...? "Neck dam on your hoodless poncho"...? Please elaborate? Anthony was correct about the visor...

In Make Your Own Gear » Rainproof Headgear to go with MYOG PolyCryo Poncho?
March 19, 10:32pm

My Hammock
My DIY hammock. It means that I'm going to get a comfortable night's sleep, regardless of what the precipitation or ground cover is like.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 19, 9:11am

Re: Disposable shower cap
patrat said: Just use a disposable shower cap under/over your other hat. Cheap light done. That's what I've gone over to for cooler wet-weather backpacking. I use an adjustable-back vi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Rainproof Headgear to go with MYOG PolyCryo Poncho?
March 19, 9:07am

Re: Re: First Lightweight Pack Purchase - which to buy?
Glenn64 Said: Another method is to get a large cardboard box and pack ALL your gear, including maximum expected food, in it, then measure LxWxH of the space filled in the box, and calculate how ma...

In GEAR » First Lightweight Pack Purchase - which to buy?
March 10, 7:06am

Time
Rick said: John, Thanks for the actual experience, that's great! I'm curious how it actually takes substantially longer, just getting everything fastened in? Hell, if you could get it d...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
March 07, 8:07am

Good Points and Bad
As with any pack, this has its good points and its bad ones. I made a DIY Molly Mac Pack a ways back, which is similar to your idea. It's good for adjusting the load size to the trip; no wo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
March 06, 8:58am

Dedicated 4-Season Hammock Tarp
A "four-season" hammock tarp (that is, with one that has doors to close off the ends) will definitely provide you with an enclosed shelter on those rare occasions that you have to go to g...

In GEAR » Shelter that doubles as hammock tarp?
March 06, 8:45am

General Advice
General advice is what I can offer on this, as I don't have your feet. Since fit is the single most important thing with footwear (as it is with packs), the only person who can tell you wh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking shoes advice
February 24, 7:04am

DIY...
If I don't include prototyping, the costs and weights are as follows: Base: DIY Molly Mac Pack: 40 oz, ~$75.00 DIY Gathered-End Hammock: 13.5 oz, including suspension, ~$30.00 DIY Tarp:...

In GEAR » What's your big four weigh/cost? Me- 2 lbs 8.4 oz/$773
January 30, 7:43am

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