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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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A pretty "loud" first myog pack
Loud colors? Who cares? The bears certainly don't mind tearing loud colors. Looks good. I think I would have sized the whole pack an inch longer as it sits on your back. But, that's me...

In Make Your Own Gear » A pretty "loud" first myog pack
February 02, 5:15am

Basically, in summary of the various treatments, these are the big ones. Boiling: old standby, kills most anything, but leaves hot water and uses fuel. Chemicals: Good for a lot of bacteri...

In GEAR » What contaminates do you treat your water for? And what do you use to filter/purify?
February 02, 5:07am

Re: Colgate University Class Survey
1) Jim 2) Retired 3) 60 4) Male 5) BS+ 6) None 7) Forests and Mountains 8) Very 9) Very 10)Yes 11)Yes 12)No plastic bottles, improved recycling, composting, etc...

In Chaff » Colgate University Class Survey
February 01, 9:34am

Caternary or Flat Tarp
That kind'a depends. Weather: If you regularly camp in areas with gusty winds a smaller tarp with a cat cut is nice. If you plan on minimal rain, than a smaller tarp is fine. If you plan on a...

In GEAR » Caternary or Flat Tarp?
February 01, 3:47am

Re: First aid and rescue kits - what to leave behind?
I don't carry anything really special, 'cept a finger bandaid or two. And my meds (I am diabetic.) The trick is knowing when you are damaged enough to bail on a hike. Having more gear en...

In GEAR » First aid and rescue kits - what to leave behind?
January 31, 5:39pm

Early October '10, High Falls Loop and side trails, Adirondacks. First ever TR!"
Great report! I have been through there a few times. I have also paddled the Oswagatchie to Lows. Really great country. We hiked the Cranberry Lake 50 before it was...some of it was trail, some...

In Post-Trip Reports » Early October '10, High Falls Loop and side trails, Adirondacks. First ever TR!
January 31, 1:36pm

tarp / tent material
Yeah. Good thought. I usually use a hair tie looped to the corners of my tarp. I have mentioned it on the yahoo list a couple times, probably not on this forum, though. Just enough to let a little ...

In GEAR » tarp / tent material
January 31, 12:18pm

tarp / tent material
Unless you use the lightest weight possible of cuben, It doesn't offer much weight savings. However, it is a plastic laminate and nearly waterproof. Difficult to sew, most people resort to glui...

In GEAR » tarp / tent material
January 31, 8:16am

Re: Re: While we're at it....
Ha, hey....don't miss....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » a Tasar Gun for Black Bear Protection?
January 31, 5:25am

Training & Workout
5-6 days a week, do at least 2-3 miles of walking. Most anyone can do this. Change over to running after a bit... What you want is at least 1 hour per day doing heavy work. Walking with a pack, ru...

In Philosophy & Technique » Training & Workout
January 30, 6:04am

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