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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: Reply to Michael Ray:
"The "MIX" has a time of effectiveness that has a lot of variables. It is my understanding that the YELLOW color is an indication that the MIX is effective. The system of the small M...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
June 03, 6:01am

Giardia with mild symptoms
Actually, this is about right. About 10-15% of people are immune. Another half never get anything beyong minor symptoms. Interesting, I heard somwhere that more beaver get Gardia from people than...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia with mild symptoms
June 02, 9:17am

Good overview of the packs
Will, Thanks for the great overview of the packs. I won't quibble on the details, you presented a good selection. You seem to have forgotten to include the pack liners and waterproof part of th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Choosing and Using a Frameless Pack
June 02, 3:25am

"thinnning silicone w/ laquer thinner?"
Laquer thinner is generally a mix of several solvents. Acetone is just one component. Naptha, benzene, and a bunch of other...it will varry by batch. Acetone is a solvent all by itself. I never ...

In GEAR » thinnning silicone w/ laquer thinner?
June 01, 3:05am

Re: Personal hygiene
For just a week I wouldnt bother with a lot of clothing. Your night cloths/insulating layer/whatever you want to call them, will work at night. Your light shirt gets rinsed in water and wrung out a...

In GEAR » Personal hygiene
May 29, 4:59pm

"Small width webbing"
I have been looking myself. Nothing in 1/2" so far...'cept crossgrain.

In Make Your Own Gear » Small width webbing
May 28, 6:05am

"snapped a gossamer gear lt4 pole...what to do?"
Contact Gossamer Gear. They will help you out, I think. Unfortunatly, with most UL carbon stuff, broken usually means destroyed. I have had real good luck with some, but if there are longish fib...

In GEAR » snapped a gossamer gear lt4 pole...what to do?
May 28, 5:57am

Re: Re: Careers and backpacking
Spend less than you earn, max out on 401K plan, save up a bunch, after 30 years you can save up enough not to have to work any more. I would second that. I would add keep a good life insurance p...

In Chaff » Careers and backpacking
May 26, 2:13pm

Re: pillow R & D
Yup. A really good idea. I was using 4 baggies in a small stuff sack from my night cloths and suplimented with my muddy pants. Thanks Mike, one of those tips that costs next to nothing, maybe an ou...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 26, 9:59am

Re: pillow
Mike, After reading your book, I had to try the pillow idea. I am usually against taking so many unused plastic bags on a hiking trip. But, I figured I would give it a try. It was GREAT! Thanks, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
May 26, 6:15am

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