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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. GG Trail Ambassador.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: turning THIS flame blue
Well, maybe. Just because there is little carbon being burned completely does not necessarily mean it is completely burned. As Stuart was saying, paraffin is a long chain. In most cases, you need t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Mini Wax Stove Update
April 26, 5:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Mini Wax Stove Update+Olive Oil (?)
Waxs, olive oil, oil in general all have about the same heat content. As a general rule, the heavier the oil, the more heat content (usually only a few calories though.) The ease of a wax "...

In Make Your Own Gear » Mini Wax Stove Update
April 26, 5:00am

Re: Re: 0.65 Ounce Pack Done & Pictures
Well Done Aaron! I used my old fishing vest as I fished along a couple creeks. This was an interesting concept but it was hotter than hell in summer, even wading through 60 degree water.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Not nearly STUPID enough! Sub 1oz Pack?
April 25, 7:19am

Re: Final thought
Yeah, paraffin is a high density heat source on a par with gasoline and diesel fuel. Not quite up to butane/propane mixes but it doesn't require a pressure tight container, either. (~19000BTU/lb)

In Make Your Own Gear » Mini Wax Stove Update
April 25, 6:58am

Re: Trekking poles up hill adjustment
Yes, and no. I use a single piece pole. It doesn't have adjustments. It is about 45" long, hollow carbon and weighs about 4oz. I use an extra long strap. The loop is down around 10-...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trekking poles up hill adjustment
April 24, 7:27am

Re: Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
Yeah, that is pretty much how I like to carry my pack with load lifters, also. In fact, that is how my training pack is set up. It sort'a squeezes my upper chest more than sitting down on my sh...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
April 24, 5:44am

Re: Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
Franco, I don't understand how that is possible. Shifting the center of gravity to the more upright stance will cause more weight to be carried on the shoulders. I tried it. It doesn't work...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
April 23, 7:44pm

Re: Re: Re: Pepperidge Farm wafer cans as pots?
Well, yes, I think they might work. I tried a tea can (direct from china, no plastic bag inside)that was water tight and very thin. But, it rusted out after about a month. It was about the same thi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pepperidge Farm wafer cans as pots?
April 23, 11:02am

Re: comparison
"Comparing Jansport to the cottage manufacturers is rather unfair considering most of the cottage industries were left out of the survey." Chuckle...This article is about 5 years old n...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
April 23, 7:29am

Re: Fantastic
Fantistic! An understatement. Thank you.

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
April 23, 5:42am

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 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