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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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Re: leaking pad or not?
Maybe, probably. There are three basic components to inflatables: Bladder, Valve, Air Pressure. Bladder: A leak can develop in the bladder. If you get a puncture, of-course, it is usually catast...

In GEAR » leaking pad or not?
March 12, 4:58am

Kick ass steak marinade
Yeah, a salt and vinegar marinade is the old recipe for pickling meat. (Pickled heart, pickled tongue, pigs feet, etc.) Spices are optional. I never considered these as "fresh" meats. But...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Taking fresh meats on hikes - how long does it last?
March 09, 4:38am

Re: Re: How do I waterproof a tent
Well, you didn't say the material, not that it really matters. Ripstop silnylon can be re-coated with mineral spirits/silicone caulk. Roughly, the ratio is about a quarter to one sixth tube of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » How do I waterproofing a tent
March 09, 4:06am

Re: Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
Eric, I can sympathize. My neighbor just retired from the Army. He spent a couple tours in Afghanistan and a couple in Iraq. I took him out fishing up to a favorite spot where he caught brook trout...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 08, 7:23pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Need help choosing a paddle
"... I think the long paddle thing is a vestige of the old boats with lower seats." To some extent this is likely true. But of greater importance is the distance of the point of entry fr...

In Packrafting » Need help choosing a paddle
March 08, 7:34am

Re: Bleach for water treatment question
Bleach can be used provided you know the concentration. Note that it looses concentration with time.

In GEAR » Bleach for water treatment question
March 02, 1:34pm

Re: thanks
????HEET is methanol. It makes an excellent outdoors fuel. It burns faster than ethanol and a bit hotter. Methyl hydrate is another name for methanol. Also called methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, woo...

In GEAR » Alcohol stove, stainless steel cookware, offensive odour - just me?
March 02, 1:22pm

Re: Alcohol stove, stainless steel cookware, offensive odour - just me?
2-Propanol is ISO-propanol. As Roger said, it can and does produce all sorts of toxic byproducts when quenched. Switch to methanol (yellow HEET), SLX, or 190 proof EverClear for camping. Soot o...

In GEAR » Alcohol stove, stainless steel cookware, offensive odour - just me?
March 02, 3:51am

Re: Re: what about heat exchangers?
Generally, the side mounted HE's do not work all that well. Most of the heat is concentrated at the bottom. It flattens out along the bottom then rises. This means that the heat density of the ...

In GEAR » Help with titanium pots
March 02, 3:35am

Re: what about heat exchangers?
To begin with, ti is not a good conductor of heat. It does not make good heat exchanger units. So, you are pretty much tied to aluminum. Attaching aluminum to ti is problematical. Even with low out...

In GEAR » Help with titanium pots
March 01, 10:00am

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