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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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"How Many Pairs of Socks Do You Carry?"
Two or three, depending... 1 pair is dedicated to sleeping. These are heavy wool larger than I need, knee socks. These will often last a week without washing. My hiking socks are always damp. So...

In GEAR » How Many Pairs of Socks Do You Carry?
February 19, 4:17am

Re: Re: alternate to grommets
Another way is to heat a hole through the fabric with a paperclip, or thicker. High heats will burn it (like red hot. Slow work, it may take 5 minutes to do a pack. The melting seem to form a good ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 210d Dyneema X Gridstop-Question
February 18, 1:38pm

Re: WTB shock cord / cord lock
http://www.campsaver.com/pole-repair-shock-cord-2-7mm-x-20m?gclid=CPDpgMbN1bwCFckWMgodx38AKQ Most places, even Jo-Annes, have cord locks.

In Gear Swap » WTB shock cord / cord lock
February 18, 4:54am

Re: Chad Kellogg - Speed Climber dies at 42
Bad news, but not tragic. He was doing what he loved.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Chad Kellogg - Speed Climber dies at 42
February 18, 4:41am

Re: Square footage and ultralight practice: how much space does one person really need?
The only difference is the conditions you will be using your shelter with. In Alaska's summers, with mosquito's and blackflies lasting basically all summer, I want a fully enclosed shelte...

In Philosophy & Technique » Square footage and ultralight practice: how much space does one person really need?
February 17, 9:05pm

Re: Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
Hmmm, let me check a Cosmic Down....OK. It is an OK bag with a rather high temp rating at 32F. It weighs about 2#9. (Note these all very a bit.) 550 fill is not that great hence the cheaper price t...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 4:20am

Re: Sourdough on the Trail?
Stephen, there are several ways of making some type of bread on the trail. They usually involve extra weight. Pancakes are perhaps the easiest. I just pack bisquik in a baggie. I add a couple ta...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Sourdough on the Trail?
February 16, 6:23am

Re: Re: Re: how long does it take to wear out a down sleeping bag?
"...I figure that washing it regularly in plain water can keep some of the oils out and avoid washing it with down wash, which I'm assuming can degrade the down after many washes... i dunn...

In GEAR » how long does it take to wear out a down sleeping bag?
February 15, 5:36am

Re: thanks
Looks Great! I agree with Roger, the side tie-outs are nice to have...about 2/3-5/8 of the way up. A small "found" stick can be placed on the bottom forcing the line to pull out, then...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first DIY tent!
February 14, 6:10pm

Re: weight of cord
Weight, weight, weight, weight... It is FAR easier to set up some rather permanent lines on my tarp with lopps at either end than using fiddly adjustments. Even knots can be time consuming and t...

In Philosophy & Technique » guyline adjustment strategies--line-locs vs adjustable knots
February 14, 1:59pm

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