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Re: Heat exchanger/surface area
I strongly suspect your idea would be effective, as it is all about surface area. And your weight increase estimate sounds reasonable. If you take a pot that is 6" diameter by 4" tall (di...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Considering Fuel Needs for Cold Temperatures
December 16, 8:55pm

layers for the head
You need to have layers for the head and manage them just like the rest of the body. You had two layers (hat and hood), but it sounds like you needed to mange them better. It's a continuous pro...

In GEAR » Winter hiking and perspiration
December 15, 1:20pm

skiing and skiing
The way I look at it is you can go into the mountains to ski, or you can ski to get into the mountains. And of course all variations in between. I'm pretty close to the latter end of the spectr...

In Winter Hiking » 1000 Island Lake in winter
December 15, 1:07pm

Re: Re: Possible solutions
Symmetry cuts both ways. I like Roger's idea of one pole taller, and I'd suggest going more symmetrical in the other direction by having the ridge centered front to back. I've put quite...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG 2 person Tarp Tent
December 15, 12:20am

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

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