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Mark Hurd (markhurd) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale South Texas
About Me Backpacker, climber, cyclist, sometime kayaker, aerospace engineer, entomologist, physician, DIY gear maker, gadget junky, hammock aficionado and former daguerreotypist.---- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."-Theodore Roosevelt
CitySan Antonio
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All Forum Posts by Mark Hurd

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Jacks-R-Better has been doing this for years
As John so modestly mentioned, the Jack-R-Better folks have had this concept for the last 10 years using down. Their line of quilts offering a Velcro head hole work great. Yes it lacks the advantag...

In Editor's Roundtable » Concerning the Wilderness Serape
March 26, 10:36am

Crisco Dry Skin Treatment
I've recommended Crisco to many patients with dry skin. A Dermatologist friend suggest it to me. Works pretty well for mild cases.

In Multiple Use Gear » Band Aid Friction Block = Crisco = Fire Starter?
October 16, 3:56pm

Rain Skirt
The idea of a rain apron is interesting, but it sounds like a rain skirt (or call it a kilt if you're male and insecure :^) would do the job if you are using an umbrella for the upper part of y...

In Make Your Own Gear » Rain Apron
October 16, 3:40pm

Flash Floods
Totally agree. Camped up out of the shallow canyon above the low flowing Pecos River in west Texas on a river trip several years ago and woke to watch the river rise about 10 feet in less than ten ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Techniques for River Corridor Camping
October 09, 1:04pm

From z-packs website
Got the following from Z-Packs website. "The frame is curved to allow air flow and keep your back cushioned from the pack's contents. You can adjust the curve by tensioning the mesh bac...

In GEAR » Question for Arc Blast users
July 16, 8:11pm

Another vote for the RailRiders Eco-Mesh Pants
The RailRiders Eco-Mesh Pants are very light (10.0 oz) with zippered mesh along outside seam of legs. Wear them all the time in humid hot south Texas. Breath well, take a beating and still look goo...

In GEAR » Pants or no pants for those who run HOT
July 14, 9:14pm

You might consider MyTopo.com
I've used this service a time or two and they produced good maps at a reasonable price. Basically you create the map you want ( not unlike Nat. Geo TOPO) by selecting the area on the screen. ...

In GEAR » Mapping Software (TOPO state series discontinued)
February 13, 11:08am

Water Proof Breathable?
I have been disappointed with the breathability of my Marmot Essence. It seems to be pretty waterproof, but I sweat so much wearing it that it is sometimes hard to tell. The specs look good and I h...

In GEAR » Lightweight Raincoat with windstopper?
November 14, 3:54pm

Re: Nice...
Kevin, I just got my Arc Blast a couple of weeks ago. Sweet pack. Very comfy. I think you'll like it. -Mark

In GEAR » ULA Circuit with cuben hydrid fabric.
November 14, 3:47pm

Serotonin
As a family practice doc I deal with this issue on a daily basis. I personally find wilderness restoritive, but my patients in the county health clinic are unlikely to be able to enjoy this kind of...

In Editor's Roundtable » Depression and Wilderness, Part 2: Wilderness May Not Be Enough
November 14, 1:49pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Hurd

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Packa eVent
I got an eVent Packa when they first came out and have used it quite a bit over the last couple years. The jacket weighs 16 oz, but it is also a pack cover, so if you subtract 1.5 oz for that you ...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 16, 4:52pm

Warbonnet BlackBird
Like the other reviewers, I am really pleased with this piece of gear. Brandon makes each hammock himself. He offers two weights of fabric and single and double bottom models. The roominess of th...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
January 22, 6:31pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am reviewing the Caldera Keg, but much of this also applies to the Caldera Cone for the 1.3L Evernew pot which I also own. Easy To Set Up- unroll the cone and slip the dovetails together then ins...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 06, 5:10pm

TarpTent
My first tent under 7 lbs. was the Cloudburst 2. Well, no, actually it was a Squall 2 which I got and loved, but my wife, Nancy, thought it might be a little, too snug. So I got the Cloudburst 2. Well...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 16, 7:18pm

Six Moon Designs
I purchase both the Gatewood Cape and the Essence '07 pack from this company. Very responsive, quick shipping, and well made products. I have not had a problem with either item. Concerning durabil...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 28, 8:27pm

Six Moon Designs Essence '07
Review of the Six Moon Designs Essences ’07 pack I have entered this as a new review as I believe the redesigned pack is significantly different from the previous version and therefore deserves its...

In Backpacks - Frameless
February 27, 6:37pm