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My Locale Central Illinois
About Me I'm a retired mining engineer presently living in Illinois.

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Tarp Camping
Campmor has the 8' X 10' Equinox Silnylon tarp for $90 or the 10' X 10' "Versatile" tarp for $55. The 10 X 10 is PU coated and a bit on the heavy side. I started out years...

In GEAR » 8'x8' tarp recommendations
December 12, 6:13pm

Merino Woll Balaclava Buff
I wore my Merino Wool Balaclava Buff for the last three days of last week in temperatures of 30 to 40 F. I wore it with my nose exposed, but my mouth covered. It is a pretty thin weave and is not d...

In GEAR » Merino buff vs windproof fleece balaclava?
December 08, 9:09am

Cutting thin aluminum
The tool to use for straight cuts on thin aluminum up to the thickness of aluminum flashing is a sharp utility knife blade. You don't cut all the way through, but just score the aluminum and th...

In Make Your Own Gear » cutting tool for heavy duty foil
November 26, 7:54pm

Oatmeal Cookies
I just made several batches of Oatmeal spice cookies with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries. Unfortunately there won't be any left for breakfast. They are good, though, and addictive. Something th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 28, 4:23pm

Homemade Stoves
I suppose that the ban on homemade stoves and modified stoves is because there is no way to predict what someone might do if there were any exceptions to the rule. Our ability to be innovatively st...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » The easiest, cheapest, robust Scout backpacking stove ever?
October 22, 7:39am

Cozy Materials
I have made cozies from numerous materials including Reflectix, Neoprene Foam, an aluminized plastic foam called Low-E insulation and sewn using Insul~bright batting. The one thing that keeps me fr...

In Make Your Own Gear » knitted pot cozy?
October 16, 6:14pm

More Single AA Battery Headlamps
I have not had very good results from LED flashlights or headlamps with the exception of my Petzl Zipkas. I have carried a small aluminum flashlight on my belt for years, mostly a Mini-Maglight. Si...

In GEAR » Single AA battery headlamps
October 05, 5:40pm

More Tincture of Iodine
Since I made my first post, I have looked at several references for using Tincture of Iodine for emergency water purification. The USP Tincture of iodine commonly available at most drug stores is s...

In GEAR » liquid iodine?
September 29, 7:45am

You aren't talking about Tincture of Iodine are you? Iodine is a solid, what is sold in drug stores is Tincture of Iodine, which is Iodine in alcohol. It is difficult to know whether it would b...

In GEAR » liquid iodine?
September 27, 8:21am

Gravity Filter
As long as your tubing is small enough that it doesn't allow air in, the position of the filter shouldn't matter. Gravity will move the water through the system either by pressure or by sip...

In GEAR » Sawyer mini filter as a camp gravity system?
September 27, 5:53am

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