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Satellite Phone-Based System
Thanks for the article. It helps to have other reviews of how the new gear works together. I've carried a satellite phone for the last 10 years (Globalstar until their service failed, then I...

In Editor's Roundtable » Expedition Blogging, Part 1: A Satellite Phone-Based System
September 23, 2:02pm

Re: Another UPDATE
Melting snow at Camp Muir (elev. 10,080 ft / 3,070 m) on Mount Rainier (Washington, USA), on a warm afternoon. The Caffin stove worked well, as usual. Mount Adams is clearly visible on the left, an...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
June 29, 10:18am

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
Nice, thanks. And good video. Most of the boy scouts use dryer lint, but I'll show them your video and suggest they try this as well. (I keep Coghlan's Tinder in my kit; it's a cotton/w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
February 12, 10:40am

Re: flaring... clogged jet
>wondering if you pre-warmed the canister and/or the heat shunt? No, as I detailed in my post, both canister and stove were at ambient temperature. But from your subsequent posts, it see...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
February 01, 6:16pm

re: pre-heating designs
> So is a 3 oz weight savings with the Caffin stove worth the compromise in priming/propane conservation performance? I haven't noticed any compromise. The only time I experienced flari...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
January 25, 3:34pm

UPRIGHT CANISTER STOVE in use at -30 C (-20 F)
I also wanted to test an upright canister-top stove under challenging conditions. That is a stock Fire Maple FMS-300t stove with a nearly-empty canister (approximately 3 grams / 0.1 ounc...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
December 10, 8:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Stove in use at -30 C (-20 F)
Sorry for not responding sooner, I was out camping this weekend. >At such -30C extreme cold, does one still follow the standard procedure of starting the stove with the canister upright and...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
December 08, 9:32pm

Re: Re: Temperature limits?
Jerry, you might want to ignore the details in my explanation, after I got schooled on it. :-) An (important) correction: I checked my stove log, and found that the coldest I'd operated t...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
November 21, 11:56am

Re: Re: Temperature limits?
Oh well, back to school...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
November 21, 5:47am

Re: Temperature limits?
Jerry, the problem you describe applies to canister-top stoves (canister sits upright, with burner on top) operating in the +12F range, where the propane alone boils and burns off, leaving 3/4 cani...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
November 20, 11:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Douglas Frick

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Petzl Zipka
I have the original 3-LED Zipka (1.9 oz with Lithium batteries). It is my regular headlamp (when there's little likelihood of hiking at night) and I always carry it with me on day hikes. It isn...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 07, 1:54pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
I grabbed a bunch of random non-Cliff bars at REI before a recent trip. A few of them were wretched, some just indifferent, and a few I thought would be worthwhile to remember for next time. And then ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 13, 1:03pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
The good points are: fast, fuel-efficient, easy, simple, and reliable boiling water. You can hold it in your hand while you boil water, if finding a place to set up a hot stove is a problem in your en...

In Stoves - Canister
January 06, 10:55am Premium Membership
I read all of the free articles, and after looking at the abstracts of the Premium articles, I immediately bought a membership. That was well worth it right there. I've also more than saved the price ...

In Books and Media
December 26, 10:01pm

Hiking Light Handbook by Karen Berger
This is a great intro to lightweight backpacking. She covers all of the major gear areas in an uncomplicated fashion, giving overviews of what, why and how to lighten up. The book includes strategies,...

In Books and Media
December 26, 9:56pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
I refer to it as my "ugly hat," but it's the one I always grab when it's sunny. I wear this hat in Hawaii, where hiking is hot and steamy. I just tighten the headband a bit (easily and securely adjust...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 23, 9:16pm

Brunton Helios "Stormproof" lighter
I don't have a Brunton Helios lighter, but unfortunately there isn't a way to comment without giving a rating. I do, however, have six butane 'windproof' lighters/torches: a Brunton Firelight, a Solo ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 23, 8:27pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
This is a thick book with a lot of useful information. I found it inspiring, with a fairly well-balanced idea of hiking and camping with light gear. I've bought copies for friends, with the simple adm...

In Books and Media
November 25, 2:17pm

Superfeet Performance Green
I have flat feet after wearing rubber slippers in Hawaii for 15 years. When I got back into hiking I found I could only pack for a mile or two before my feet started screaming. Superfeet solved that p...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 25, 1:47pm