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Re: Toilet paper
For a long time I was a user of Wet Ones, in the field and at home. Then one day the septic system guy was doing his regular maintenance thing, and he pointed out a slew of "white things"...

May 03, 10:18am

Lost Creek
Gordon, you absolutely must post a trip report, with some photos, of the Lost Creek area, so that the rest of us will know how much post-holing (if any) you had to do. Have some good fun.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Getting Stoked
May 02, 4:34pm

re: Trekking poles
Hi Gordon. I think that, for me, the key attributes are weight, strength, hand comfort, being adjustable from 120-140 cm., and be compact for air travel. So my 8.6 oz. BPL carbon fiber Stix (no lon...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
May 02, 2:26pm

Shiny things
Yeah, Valerie, I wonder about that. I know that barracudas like to nibble on a snorkeler's gold earrings. I haven't done one bit of field testing on the mylar, as I made them over this past...

In GEAR » Ratsack for Grand Canyon use
May 01, 12:54pm

Outsak fortification
I love my Outsaks. Although it seems like Valerie's ravens can mess things up pretty well, the racoons, foxes, and skunks in my neighborhood don't. I chose to make 1.0 oz. cuben drawstring ...

In GEAR » Ratsack for Grand Canyon use
May 01, 12:10pm

Pink Bleuet cubes
Bob, did you buy them in October, when they have their annual breast cancer awareness sale?

In Gear Deals » Esbit fuel
May 01, 8:31am

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 chemist can ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Improved Stove Efficiency Calculator/Spreadsheet
April 29, 2:50pm

Re: the opposite of ultralight
Here's an overloaded guy I saw at the Atlantic Creek campsite at GNP in 2012: Chris was carrying his girlfriend's pack, as Carly had a serious blister on her foot and couldn't ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the opposite of ultralight
April 29, 1:33pm

Re: Amazon.com favorites?
+1 to what -B.G.- said. Then buy a vacuum sealer to dramatically increase the shelf life of your concoctions, and also decrease the space they take up in your food bag.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Amazon.com favorites?
April 28, 5:07pm

Save your $
Don’t buy (an) expensive trained German shepherd to guard your campsite; save your money and put it toward (a) good and loyal wolverine.

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
April 28, 11:56am

All Reader Reviews by Gary Dunckel

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Jetboil Personal Cooking System
Mountain House's Pro Pack meal bags fit perfectly in the PCS cup. After adding the boiling water to the bag, stirring it up, and resealing it, you can empty the remaining water from the PCS, drop ...

In Stoves - Canister
March 18, 11:41am

Hilleberg Akto
I agree that the Akto is a very strong and high quality 4-season solo tent. But I must add an anecdote to illustrate the what I feel is the tent's main weakness. In early October of '06 we wer...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
November 28, 9:08am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
What the previous posts have neglected to mention is that the Amphib is perhaps the lightest (24 ounces/pair)"running shoe" that can be taken on a standard extended backpack trip (not fast packing) fo...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
October 18, 7:45pm