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flat but not as flat as it looks?
Seems like the photo with fabric makes the roof look flatter than it is, unless the frame configuration has changed from the shots where the frame is visisble. In the last shot it looks as if you h...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG 2 person Tarp Tent
December 14, 4:57pm

yes and no
Yes you should have extra layers along for the kid, as others have mentioned. But that does not mean that he will always wear more than you will. When active, if he's anything like my boys, he&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do kids need more insulation than adults in cold weather?
December 08, 7:50pm

Re: Synthetic degradation question
I've had good luck with synthetic bags and clothing being washed and dried to restore some lost loft - I think the dryer does most of the good, BUT you have to be very careful about temperature...

In GEAR » Synthetic degradation question
December 07, 5:24pm

Re: "MYOG Freestanding Hooped Bivy"
more delrin rod questions: is it all one piece, and how do you deal with it when packing the bivy?

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Freestanding Hooped Bivy
December 07, 3:20pm

hold it on with a rubber band?
What about this - a piece of wire, folded in half, bent to sit in the flame at top, running straight down the side of the canister. A rubber band holds it tight to the canister. You wouldn't ha...

In Philosophy & Technique » cold weather performance upright canister
December 06, 4:28pm

Re: 8-Sided Winter Tipi
To me one issue would be floor shape and the usability of an octagon versus a square. I think a better approach might be to do a square pyramid, but with some variations from the usual construction...

In Make Your Own Gear » 8-Sided Winter Tipi
December 03, 9:46pm

Re: Most convenient entry and light, bug bivy and shelter system?
For myself, if it's a refuge from the bloodthirsty hordes that I need, I want it bigger than a bivy.

In GEAR » Most convenient entry and light, bug bivy and shelter system?
December 02, 9:13pm

Re: Re: interesting statistics for camping in America...
I took a look through the published survey results, which I downloaded from the Outdoor Foundation's website. From their methodology section: "Youth interviews All interviews of childr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » interesting statistics for backpacking in America...
December 01, 3:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Ground cover for use with Duomid in winter conditions
The link posted above is for some pretty heavy stuff, you might want to look for lighter than that

In Winter Hiking » Ground cover for use with Duomid in winter conditions
November 30, 4:57pm

Re: Pack Design Question
For years I've made all my packs using one piece of fabric for the front (as in the face that contacts your back) and the bottom, with that fabric wrapping up a few inches of the back. I've...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Design Question
November 30, 4:55pm

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