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Re: Uses for hatchets and saws
"It's just hard to cut up your steak with a hatchet." You need a bigger steak! ;-)

In Editor's Roundtable » Gränsfors-Bruks Mini Hatchet Review
March 26, 4:03pm

300 lb rated hammock
Have you checked out They have multiple models rated at 300 lbs (and even one rated at 350). They may appear heavy in the specs, but remember that they include hammock with a...

In Hammocks » 300 pound rated UL hammock?
March 18, 10:13am

What one piece of gear makes you smile and why
My urinal bottle. Yup, <$10 at the local drug store, cheap blow-mold plastic, etc. At my age (65), I A-L-W-A-Y-S have to "dump by tank" at 0-dark-thirty in the morning. With this bo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 17, 12:43pm

Have you used these stakes?
As Adam noted, these appear to be clones of the MSR needle stakes. I have used the MSR version and found them to be good but of limited holding power. I have had these stakes pull loose in soft s...

In GEAR » anyone use these stakes?
March 12, 11:38am

Shelter suggestions
Disclaimer: I have no connection with any supplier other than being a normal customer. I am, however, a bit of a "gear junkie"... That said, here's my $.02 worth: Hammock: I l...

In GEAR » Help decide on a shelter
March 12, 10:04am

Campsite selection
Are there (reliably) trees where you camp? Have you considered a hammock? (Hennessey's are awesome!) If that route works for you, it can eliminate many concerns about drainage, slope, rocks ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Help Me Get Better @ Site Selection
March 11, 3:57pm

Cardboard sources
Another good source for cardboard is any local store which handles large items, notable stores like Lowes & Home Depot, et al. Generally, its a MYOB project. Good luck!

In GEAR » How do you ship your backpack?
March 11, 3:43pm

Another possible approach
A beautiful piece of work! You might also try comparing it with a (piece of) a Thermarest Zseat/Zpad. The continuous waffle pattern might also give some good ventilation. Keep us all advised!

In Make Your Own Gear » creating holes in ccf pad
February 25, 2:35pm

45 pounds of UL
Ryan S. touched on it in passing, but I'll expand the question... What is the nature of your two stream crossings? Is that the ONLY reason for the two packrafts? You're already carrying ...

In Gear Lists » 45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
February 25, 2:19pm

Knife features, uses
I am considering attempting to design a knife targeted at campers/backpackers and would like some opinion feedback, please. My question is "How do you / might you use a knife?" I know m...

In GEAR » Knife features, uses
February 18, 9:33am

All Reader Reviews by Thomas Rayl

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Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
Times change & I hadn't been camping since all the mammoths disappeared...finally decided to start up again. Dug out my trusty MSR Whisperlite & fired it up for a test run. It worked, bu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 28, 11:44am