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Nick Smolinske (Smo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Vicinity of the Grand Canyon
About Me I'm a desert rat dirtbag backpacker, who also happens to make bikepacking gear for a living.
CityFlagstaff
StateAZ
My Website URLhttp://www.roguepanda.com

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Cutting O Zone
Can confirm: The O Zone heat seals quite easily with a household iron (I used the hottest setting and held it on for about 5 seconds in each spot, sloooowly moving it along a metal ruler to get a n...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Inertia O Zone sleeping pad
December 12, 8:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volumetrically Dense Food?
"I have doubts as to whether I'd be able to get it much drier than regular dried fruit, but I would be very pleased to be proven wrong!" Looks like a typo in my post (which I will ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 12, 8:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Volumetrically Dense Food?
Bill: Yeah, $50/pound is about average for strawberry powder . . . so yeah, equivalent to paying $10 a pound for fresh strawberries, maybe? "Fructose uptake from the gut occurs across a ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 11, 5:56pm

A few ideas
Resurrecting this thread to add some of my own ideas. After all, 'tis the season! I've been thinking about my big winter Grand Canyon hike (starting in two days) today... -Hot Cocoa wi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Adult beverages for Winter Camping
December 11, 1:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Volumetrically Dense Food?
Dried fruit has enough water in it that it's not super-dense calorically (and the commercial ones with very low water generally have ~ equivalent volume of air), but it's a place where I co...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 10, 7:23am

Consuming powdered chips
So the idea of powdering lots of different things is a good one . . . eating those powders is another matter. But one could borrow a trick from a caving friend of mine - use some sort of bottle to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 10, 2:51am

Put the hammer to it!
So I read an (already second hand) account of someone who was doing a long caving trip and trying to fit all of his food into a 1-gallon nalgene container. He bought mostly freeze dried food, powd...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 09, 2:45pm

Re: Bike bottle
Allen, I gave bike bottles a try on my shoulder straps but found that I still needed both hands to put them back on (to tighten the shock cord). Do you use the shock card method of attaching th...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking efficiency and eating+drinking
December 08, 1:26pm

Polarpure
Polar pure is iodine in a crystallized form. It's a pretty neat concept, but heavy, and iodine is not effective against crypto. I have a bottle of the stuff that I've thought about givi...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Almost SUL -- Help me make the cut.
December 08, 9:30am

Re: Water treatment options
Yeah, the treatment time of aqua mira depends on whether you're worried about crypto, as well. Technically the "7 drops for 15 minutes" isn't shown to be always effective against...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Almost SUL -- Help me make the cut.
December 07, 11:01pm

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