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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: Revising a brand new 12 years old Shires Tarptent
The front and the rear poles look a bit too high. Drop the rear about 3" or around there. Drop the front about 2" or so. The guy-outs don't appear to be correct for a taught pitch...

In Make Your Own Gear » Revising a brand new 12 years old Shires Tarptent
May 02, 5:39pm

Re: Cooking System Question
I would recommend alcohol for a couple weeks along the AT with Dehydrated meals/rice. Macaroni/spaghetti doesn't do so well, since it requires about 10 minutes of boiling at hot (salted water) ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cooking System Question
May 02, 6:32am

Re: Re: gaiters
While I use Chocorua mostly (Timberland mid hiking boot,) I also use Salomon. The Salomon were terrible with picking up dirt, sticks, pine needles and stones. Definitely use whatever gaiters. The w...

In GEAR » from boots to trail runners: will I get stuff in my shoes?
May 01, 5:06pm

Re: Re: Re: My 11 lb gear list for $207 total
Congrats! Lightweight for sure. I usually go about 10-11 pounds. But this is for a 32F set of gear that will handle a weeks worth of wet weather. Total weight is about 20-23pounds depending (somet...

In Gear Lists » My 11 lb gear list for $207 total
May 01, 10:44am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Trekking poles up hill adjustment
Owen, I see lots of places where a staff would be handy, up and down. The "stairs" in the second pic are really not bad, just kind'of tough on knees when carrying a 20# pack. To ea...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trekking poles up hill adjustment
April 30, 6:06pm

Re: Re: Definitive answers to MYOG Permethrin
Here is another article about permethrin: I don't care to do my socks because IFF you develop problems with permet...

In GEAR » Definitive answers to MYOG Permethrin
April 30, 5:25am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Lens color and is photochromic a benefit?
News to me. My eye doctor said I could not get them last year.

In GEAR » Polarized sunglasses recommendation
April 29, 2:14pm

Re: Re: Lens color and is photochromic a benefit?
Unfortunatly, photochromic and polarized are not offered in the same lens. Polarization is a matter of etching fine lines in a lens. Cheap ones actually print them. Some will actually coat them...

In GEAR » Polarized sunglasses recommendation
April 29, 6:54am

Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent
Thank you, quite an interesting article. Yup, cuben is LOUD. My Hexamid keeps me awake some nights in heavy rains. Cotton balls or ear plugs are almost a requirement. Interestingly, the older si...

In Editor's Roundtable » Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent
April 29, 5:21am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: container for white gas?
Sooo, I cannot spel, what else is new? You're right, it does sound painful.

In GEAR » container for white gas?
April 28, 1:19pm

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