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Brad Groves (4quietwoods) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Michigan
About Me Mostly longer trips without resupply, in what usually seems to be cold and wet conditions. Over two decades of backcountry travel including backpacking and canoe tripping. I consider Marquette to be my home, but I currently live down-state. Many years as a buyer in specialty outdoor retail.
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Defective Cuben Fiber?
I just ordered and received my first bit of Cuben to play with, the .33oz from Quest. Even after reading everything I could online and preparing myself, I wasn't quite prepared for just how lig...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber - Q&A
August 25, 1:16pm

Re: Re: Welding?
Ahhh- I forgot the vital "ingredient" and question under the question. I was going to make it out of titanium. But for something like this (0.25" thick, 2.25" diameter, plus leg...

In Make Your Own Gear » Welding?
August 25, 12:41pm

good luck
Aside from Brian's comment, I wish you good luck. I would personally use seam sealant as a more realistic approach. McNett Seam Grip is great; you might want to thin it a bit before applying it.

In Make Your Own Gear » taping seams
August 25, 12:38pm

Re: YASST yet another side sleeper thread
I'm a side-sleeper. Overall, my base weight is around 15 pounds--but I carry a 1# 15oz Thermarest Womens Trail Pro for its 2" thickness and comfort. If I'm feeling like I need some ext...

In GEAR » YASST yet another side sleeper thread
August 25, 12:30pm

Welding?
One of my planning-stage projects is a UL tripod for a SLR w/300mm lens. In designing the head, I'm wondering what I'd have to do to put the leg supports on. I might be able to have a block...

In Make Your Own Gear » Welding?
August 23, 11:00am

Re: hidden errors
Yeah, it sure does seem like a lot of down, eh? Ah well. Thanks Allison, I appreciate your comments! I'm doing some research on lighter shell alternatives in this vein, have one possible cho...

In Make Your Own Gear » Silk, Baffled, Hooded Down Vest
August 23, 10:52am

Fun Find, Maybe Useful...
A little while ago we were talking about taping ankles, and I brought up the point that--taping on hair could potentially hurt worse than the sprain! I then questioned whether we should add a razor...

In Philosophy & Technique » What's in your first aid kit?
August 23, 10:46am

Re: Re: Re: Winter/Expedition Sleeping System
Hey again- I think one of the important things to remember is that essentially all the moisture in the tent is coming from you. Some of it, yes, will be in the form of snow or damp clothing you br...

In GEAR » Winter/Expedition Sleeping System
August 21, 11:44am

Re: Re: Re: hidden errors
My SummerLite, with 2 ounces of overfill for a total of 11 ounces of fill, should theoretically (per statistics) have the same 4" of total loft as my vest. The pocket area of my vest has 6&quo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Silk, Baffled, Hooded Down Vest
August 21, 9:41am

Re: Winter/Expedition Sleeping System
Hi- I've had many nights that were frost-free-ish, at least as far as on the bag itself. There's frequently at least some frost on the tent wall, or poles on the single wall... But I'd...

In GEAR » Winter/Expedition Sleeping System
August 21, 9:22am

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