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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.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: ^
BTW, proffit is figured after ALL expenses. I hope these can be tested both for new, and long term accilerated aging (say 50 washings.) I am not partial to anything. I just want something that w...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 03, 11:48am

Lightweight Affordable Tarps
I can well understand the need to make higher proffits than larger businesses. Where a large business can get buy with 5-10% profit margins, Lawson needs to make 50% or more. And I can understand h...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 03, 6:54am

Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
Well, 45 pounds, maximum load, is a lot of weight. I personally haven't carried that kind of weight in about 30 years. Even on my long unsipported trips my maximum loads are always less than 30...

In GEAR » Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
May 03, 5:56am

Re: Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
Yeah, Hikin' Jim is pretty good about his stoves. I think he was planning a PCT hike this year. So, he should be well aware of the current conditions. I tried to bring the subject up on the PCT...

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 02, 1:22pm

Re: Re: Lightweight Affordable Tarps
I agree. Anything that costs over $100 I'll be looking for silnylon, not tyvek. Here are some medium duty silnylon ones:http://www.backcountrygear.com/equinox-ultralite-tarp.html#.U2J5taLjRI0...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 01, 10:52am

Re: Re:Food Fatigue
"I've seen this advice many times, and I just don't buy it. At home I eat the same breakfast every day, and it carries over to the trail - the only change is olive oil rather than butt...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)...
May 01, 7:04am

Re: Re: Stream crossing and washing your socks - at the same time :)
Yeah, it does sound like a bit of hastle. Funny how many people just wade through whatever water they cross, I know I do. I usually just empty my shoes of any water, wring out my socks and go. If I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossing and washing your socks - at the same time :)
May 01, 4:21am

Re: Costs
Mostly, I have this around the shop, purchased bulk by the case. I also build boats and do woodworking. Roughly, about &5 per quart. Just letting the silicone dry in the tube is not a good i...

In GEAR » thinnning silicone w/ laquer thinner?
April 30, 2:33pm

Re: Re: Re: Fuel compositions
Well, Methanol will boil off at a lower temp than ethanol. So, this means that less water will carry over. I would guess about 2% or so. As far as fuel line de-icer, it can all mix with water, lowe...

In Make Your Own Gear » Improved Stove Efficiency Calculator/Spreadsheet
April 30, 4:20am

Re: Fuel compositions
"I remember reading that when methanol (methyl alcohol) is mixed with ethanol, the methanol displaces the usual 5% of water, which is then easily removed. Perhaps a chemical engineer or chemis...

In Make Your Own Gear » Improved Stove Efficiency Calculator/Spreadsheet
April 29, 8:34pm

All Reader Reviews by James Marco

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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 repatching...it 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