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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: Re: Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping
Fiberglass poles ae very robust, but not what I would consider light weight. 'Corse, a 10lb tent is no lightweight either. These people offer most anything in the line of tent poles. http://...

In GEAR » Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping
October 22, 6:16am

Mark V. and all have it about right. In the shoulder seasons, bugs ae pretty easy to avoid and tarping is simply a roof over your head. With bugs it turns lousy in a hurry. So there are many ways t...

In GEAR » Tarp Suggestions For Sierras
October 22, 3:56am

"Finished my Dbl wall tent"
Really Good Looking Tent, Dale! I would not worry overly much about the vent. Unless you are placing it directly into the wind, it looks like it should work fine. The old Spectrum 1-2 had a sim...

In Make Your Own Gear » Finished my Dbl wall tent
October 21, 4:58am

"Ultralight Tip of the Week" Milage
Great tip Mike. This jives almost exactly with our hikes. About 2.5mi/hr generally. Climbing steep grades is closer to one, downhill is closer to 3 and a bit. Thanks for the confirmation!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Tip of the Week
October 19, 1:55pm

Re: Re: "Whats the lightest chair?"
Yeah, stools have a way of working into the soil...the caps become necesary. It helps if you sit on them with the wide end towards the front. This is sort of counter-intuitive. Sitting with your...

In GEAR » Whats the lightest chair?
October 14, 3:21am

"Lower limit of UNinverted canister"
Well, It really doesn't happen that all the propane is burned off first. It is just primarily propane. Read this and note that there is still some vapoure pressure even at about -40F (though no...

In Winter Hiking » Lower limit of UNinverted canister
October 11, 2:19pm

"Whats the lightest chair?"
Technically, it is a stool and not a full chair, but this is a real light weight, servicable stool (~14oz stripped down.) Great for long hikes with out a place to sit. They dry off easily and are f...

In GEAR » Whats the lightest chair?
October 11, 7:10am

Re: Pre-heat on cannister
Ha, ha....no. Fuels all burn the same way. Only the boiling point varies. Or heat of vaporization or whatever the fancy technical term for it is these days: wax, Alcohol, lp gas, isobutane, butane ...

In GEAR » Pre-heat tube on cannister-top burner: reasons why?
September 10, 12:24pm

Re: Re: Pre-heat tube on cannister-top burner: reasons why?
A preheat tube is not really necessary for temps above freezing (32F.) Below that, they become increasingly useful down to about 20F, as Jerry says. Below that they are necessary. I never camp ...

In GEAR » Pre-heat tube on cannister-top burner: reasons why?
September 10, 9:57am

"Catch and release"
C&R is fine. Catching to eat is fine. I cannot say how or why others do what they do. Or even guess as to their motives. That is up to them. I fish a lot. For the past twenty years, trout on...

In Fishing » Catch and release
September 10, 7:05am

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