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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. No longer a GG Trail Ambassador.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: Re: Upper-body Backpack
Like David, I too always use a hip belt. Minimally, it does stabilizaton if adding little for support, but I tend to loosen the shoulder harness over time.

In GEAR » Upper-body Backpack
June 03, 6:22pm

Re: Open Country 2qt pot 7.8oz. (a 15 dollar aluminum pot vs. 60 dollar 7.9oz titanium pot!)
Texsport also makes a 1.5qt aluminum pot. Note that the lid is very heavy, but a grease pot lid works. I simply remove the handle (substituting a piece of the handle and a smaller alum screw) and c...

In GEAR » Open Country 2qt pot 7.8oz. (a 15 dollar aluminum pot vs. 60 dollar 7.9oz titanium pot!)
June 03, 5:34am

Re: Hi James
Bryce, Great! I couldn't get the wife to mow the lawn in the about 35 years we have been married. Anyway, the Murmur is a good pack, all in all. I use a 5 piece Nightlight pad (about 2"...

In GEAR » Been out of the game, need to replace my GG Murmur w/ something similar
June 02, 5:20am

Re: down for me
I agree with Devon. Down is also a bit more forgiving of temp ranges alowing you to cover against bugs even if it is warm at night.

In GEAR » Golite 1+ down vs synthetic. which one to keep?
June 01, 11:17am

Re: Been out of the game, need to replace my GG Murmur w/ something similar
Bryce, Congrats on the house! Condolences on your impending loss of freedom. Not to worry, if she is worth it that's a GOOD thing. I would go for another Murmur. I have a couple trips on min...

In GEAR » Been out of the game, need to replace my GG Murmur w/ something similar
June 01, 11:14am

Re: Help choosing size backpacks please
Adding in 6 pounds of food, thats about 50lb of gear. Not too bad for a first attempt at backpacking. First off, get all the stuff in two paper(large sized) grocery bags. Then weigh each bag, ro...

In Gear Lists » Help choosing size backpacks please
May 31, 5:34am

"New Gossamer pack"
Yeah, The new pack is much more refined. The old Mariposa was a decent pack, but wayyyy too big for my needs. I rarely need more than 2500ci. (Last week I spent a week with the Murmur.) 4200ci is a...

In GEAR » New Gossamer pack
May 30, 1:35pm

"Recommendations for long shirt/pants to combat black flies!"
Yeah, last week the black flies were out in force in the ADK's. I just used a set of light Smartwool to fend them off. DEET around wrists, ankles, face and throat. I got 2 bites in 8 days throu...

In GEAR » Recommendations for long shirt/pants to combat black flies!
May 30, 5:32am

Re: Re: Why standard rolled foam pad is bad?
I assumed he meant the way they were carried. Obviously, rolled does little good just strapped onto a pack. I use a split NightLite pad, a bit more than $15 to purchase. But, by taping it back toge...

In GEAR » Why standard rolled foam pad is bad?
May 30, 5:18am

Re: bugs with pancho tarp
Small piece of screening. Or, use a tent. There are two months bugs are BAD in the ADK's...May and June.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Small Tarp
May 19, 3:21am

All Reader Reviews by James Marco

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Steripen Adventurer Opti
They finally revamped the old Adventurer with the Opti. 1) Improved battery life - The old unit went through batteries at about 25-30L per set. This was primarily because of leaving the batteries ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
June 16, 5:29am

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 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