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James Marco (jamesdmarco) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Finger Lakes
About Me Backpacker, hiker, cannoer, fisherman, since 1960 or so, now retired. I enjoy being outdoors and vary my gear to match what I am doing, where I am going, and who I am going with. I mostly head into the Adirondacks. No longer a GG Trail Ambassador.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: lightest 20 oz plastic bottles
I use the Gatoraid or Vitamin water bottles. The wide mouth is a must for refills off awkward logs, and other bad places. I have one set I have been using for at least ten years. They are rugged an...

In GEAR » lightest 20 oz plastic bottles
August 06, 7:09pm

Re: Re: A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
Bob, No problem. Part of the problem with canisters is cold weather performance. Part is the shear waste of the can (They won't take them here, with or without a church-key hole. They are "...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
August 06, 11:31am

Re: Re: A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
Yeah, I have a Caffin Stove. It works really well in cold weather once it warms up. A few guys I met on the trail were using JB's and a MSR Reactor and they wouldn't even boil water for ove...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
August 06, 5:20am

Re: Re: A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
Jerry, most but not all the canisters were made in Korea. One was made in France. There were at least three different filling locations involved. I am basing this on a guess, since there were three...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
August 05, 1:07pm

Re: Was UL a phase for you?
Well, no. Not really. SUL was. I got cold several nights in a row. No fun being wet, cold, being rained on and nothing hot to drink for three or four days in a row. I added a stove, some extra insu...

In Philosophy & Technique » Was UL a phase for you?
August 04, 7:13pm

Re: Flat back
Yes. The flat rear panel poses a problem and there is no ventilation. 1) The flat panel will have rather poor run-off/snow resistance as Jimmer said. 2) The flat panel also cuts down on interna...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modified A-Frame tarp, fully enclosed
August 04, 4:45am

Re: Re: Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
Actually, I do several miles with a 43# pack at least 5 times per week, 'cept when I am out hiking.

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
August 03, 8:07pm

Re: GG Velcro
Roughly, it is a 3.5x3.5in square.

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
August 03, 10:58am

Re: Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
Well, I mentioned it in regards to the Gorilla. But establishing a solid hip belt to stay (internal frame) connection is very important to hauling heavy loads. I sort of dislike to say much about t...

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
August 03, 7:18am

Re: Thanks!
Mike, I would agree with Jeffs Eleven. If you know the pack already, then you can eliminate most of the risk by simply upgrading to the Mariposa. While other packs are usually good, if the Gori...

In GEAR » Pack for when GG Gorilla overburdened?
August 01, 9:44pm

All Reader Reviews by James Marco

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Steripen Adventurer Opti
They finally revamped the old Adventurer with the Opti. 1) Improved battery life - The old unit went through batteries at about 25-30L per set. This was primarily because of leaving the batteries ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
June 16, 5:29am

Optimus/Primus? Svea 123R
The SVEA 123r is my standard stove for camping. I have spent about 40 years trying to replace the little beast. No such luck. I have found several different stoves that work well for 2-3 days (alcohol...

In Stoves - White Gas
April 19, 3:40am

Klymit Inertia X Frame
I picked up a Xframe (full size) a couple weeks ago. I took it out for 5 nights last weekend with my daughter, Brenda. I had a good trip but was unimpressed by the pad. I tried various techniques with...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 5:16am

gossamer murmur
I have used the old GG G5 pack for well beyond a servicable lifetime. Patching, reinforcing, and finaly died and I replaced it with a 2012 Murmur, one of the first off the production l...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 25, 6:06pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
Great little piece of gear. Light, easy to use, miserly on fuel. Keeps the heat in on the pot and does a great job of boiling water. I will complain that it does not let enough heat out sometimes......

In Stoves - Alcohol
December 07, 3:50am

Thermarest Neo-Air
The NeoAir is a good pad, with a fantisticcall price. I have a medium which just fits me at 5'9". I usually inflate this fully while setting up camp, giving it a couple of breaths before slee...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 07, 3:22am