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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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The SOL Escape Bivvy
Thanks, Richard! I don't thnk it would hold up too well in the ADK's, the rest of the North east and north west. But it looks pretty good for dryer areas as a shelter/bivy. In cold temps...

In GEAR » The SOL Escape Bivvy
May 07, 8:29am

Re: Re: Love it
I used a NightLite pad, cut down and taped with interlocking bumps, for about 5 years. It works OK. As I got a bit older, I got a NeoAir and never looked back. WAY more comfortabl...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What sleeping mat?
May 07, 4:02am

Re: Re: Carbon fiber frame backpacks in the future
The biggest problem with CF frames is not the manufacture, it is the flexability both in use and in application. If it is a stiff frame, you might simply reproduce this with a simple piece of 1/4&q...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Carbon fiber frame backpacks in the future
May 06, 6:29am

Re: Re: Lightweight Affordable Tarps
I used tyvek back when there wasn't a BPL. About 30 years ago I worked as a master carpenter/cabinet maker and would pick up scraps around the job. I just wraped the cornes around a small stone...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 05, 5:19am

how low should my base weight be before i consider a lighter backpack
I used to do 30 pounds all the time. I still do at the start of a 3 week trip. And, I use a much smaller pack. I often carry a GG Miniposa, though it is only rated at 25 pounds. The load ratings of...

In GEAR » how low should my base weight be before i consider a lighter backpack
May 05, 4:17am

Ultralight Shelters
Tarping is not a whole lot different from tenting. Tents are enclosed, warm, and dry. Tarps are open, cooler, and sometimes buggier. Getting used to sleeping out tarping is really no different...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Shelters
May 03, 4:03pm

Re: ^
BTW, proffit is figured after ALL expenses. I hope these can be tested both for new, and long term accilerated aging (say 50 washings.) I am not partial to anything. I just want something that w...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 03, 11:48am

Lightweight Affordable Tarps
I can well understand the need to make higher proffits than larger businesses. Where a large business can get buy with 5-10% profit margins, Lawson needs to make 50% or more. And I can understand h...

In Gear Deals » Lightweight Affordable Tarps
May 03, 6:54am

Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
Well, 45 pounds, maximum load, is a lot of weight. I personally haven't carried that kind of weight in about 30 years. Even on my long unsipported trips my maximum loads are always less than 30...

In GEAR » Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
May 03, 5:56am

Re: Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
Yeah, Hikin' Jim is pretty good about his stoves. I think he was planning a PCT hike this year. So, he should be well aware of the current conditions. I tried to bring the subject up on the PCT...

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 02, 1:22pm

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 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