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

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Lightning Strikes
Where lightning is concerned, all bets are off. I had a power pole in the back yard take a direct lightning hit about ten days ago. I wasn't aware of it when it happened, but there was an inten...

In GEAR » carbon fiber lightning
September 07, 6:56pm

Dehydrating for fun
I have so many chiles and bell peppers in my garden this year that I have to figure out what to do with them. I like roast peppers, so I am roasting them as they mature. I can only freeze so many, ...

In Make Your Own Gear » dehyrdrating my own food
August 11, 7:22pm

Leukotape repackaging
A 35mm film canister (if you can find one) makes a good core for winding Leukotape on to. The canister is large enough that the tape will wind on and peel off easily. You can use the canister to st...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
August 05, 3:13pm

Alternative to CC
A possible alternative to the CC is Jim Wood's Fire Bucket design. http://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/Fire-Bucket/ It is easy to make and I have made a couple with interlocking ends instead o...

In GEAR » Comparative efficiency of caldera cone vs diy windscreen in wind
August 01, 6:08am

Triple Antibiotic
Does anyone have an opinion on triple antibiotic cream vs. ointment. I generally prefer the vanishing cream myself, but I normally use it on cuts and scrapes. Would the ointment be better on open b...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
July 24, 4:34pm

Creases and kinks
As far as creases and kinks go, I think that any stiffener needs a bit of care to try to avoid kinking. The plastic stiffeners are reasonably and I think that a kink would be more easily straighten...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1oz/yd2 Cuben Tarp-Shelter Prototype
July 20, 5:59pm

What I have just started to use to stiffen fabric is plastic strapping, the kind used to hold heavy boxes together for shipping. I've thrown more of this stuff away than I care to think about, ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1oz/yd2 Cuben Tarp-Shelter Prototype
July 19, 7:11pm

My everyday sock choice is Acrylic. Acrylic socks have most of the benefits of wool, and are more common and less expensive. Since this article often refers to twelve year old boys, I think that Ac...

In Editor's Roundtable » What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking
July 14, 4:43pm

Making Whoopie Slings
Some Dyneema materials are very difficult to splice. I have found the Samson Rope website to be one of the best sources of information on making slings, whoopie or otherwise. I have had no trouble ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help with making Whoopie slings
July 07, 5:04pm

More Foot Stresses
I live in the flatlands and have noticed that I have trouble with my feet when I go into the hills. I originally thought that this was related to my shoes, but now think that it is because my feet ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
June 10, 6:01pm

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