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Re: "... or stones start flying..."
When someone is going faster than you he's a "maniac". When someone is driving slower than you he's an "idiot". Several years ago my youngest sister's SO uttered...

In GEAR » What percentage of BPL gear posts do you think are "holy grail" related?
June 10, 4:54pm

Re: Optimum Tent Floor Material with or without groundsheet.
Roger covered the topic quite well. Just one additional idea. For a couple decades I used a water barrier that runs up as high as the floor's bathtub walls inside the tent. It needs to h...

In Make Your Own Gear » Optimum Tent Floor Material with or without groundsheet.
May 29, 6:51am

Re: Enlightened Equipment Accomplice
Tim, Very Nice! re: I know its not a light as others Keep focusing on weight per function instead of simply weight and you'll continue to do well. I have an idear for ya ... PM on the...

In GEAR » Enlightened Equipment Accomplice
May 29, 5:47am

Re: Legality of Wild Camping in the US
I'm not a Texan but have family there so I know a little. Texas has relatively little public land (relative to most non-eastern states). There are a few national parks, national monuments...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Legality of Wild Camping in the US
April 11, 12:31pm

Re: 6.3g thermometer with -40f to 120f (-40c to 50c) range
"Exposed glass tube? ie, breakable" I should have mentioned that it is in a clear plastic tube. I wouldn't fear it hanging from my pack. The "Vertical glass tube" ment...

In GEAR » 6.3g thermometer with -40f to 120f (-40c to 50c) range
April 02, 8:58pm

Re: Concerning the Wilderness Serape
JRB vs Chenault Serape JRB has great products ... great enough for me to make an MYOG sniveler knockoff (albeit with synthetic insulation) But as a serape alternative? Consider that you&#...

In Editor's Roundtable » Concerning the Wilderness Serape
March 27, 9:45pm

Re: We’ll be fine - Ike and Doug’s Excellent Adventure in the U. P.
Definitely gonna watch this thread. But I gotta reply about a couple things: "iced over testicles" that mainly only happens to hikers wearing shorts in winter ... yes, some do T...

In Post-Trip Reports » We’ll be fine - Ike and Doug’s Excellent Adventure in the U. P.
March 27, 5:24pm

Re: MYOG Golite Breeze / ULA Conduit Franken-ruck
Nice Pack! Had a Breeze knockoff on my MYOG wishlist until I scored a well used real thing on the gear swap forum. Add a unpadded belt and it should be perfect for my twice annual backpacking t...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Golite Breeze / ULA Conduit Franken-ruck
March 22, 10:04am

Colin Fletcher: Backpacking solo
"If you judge safety to be the paramount consideration in life you should never, under any circumstances, go on long hikes alone. Don't take short hikes either - or, for that matter, go ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
March 22, 5:37am

Re: dividends
"Your dividend balance from 2012: mine was that way ... but has since changed to 2013 "Amuses me how people treat an REI dividend like a tax refund: "Hey, free money from the gov...

In GEAR » Rei dividends are here =)
March 21, 4:03pm

All Reader Reviews by Jim Colten

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My entry into the world of tarping was with Hernry's orginal squall. Later that year the Cloudburst was introduced. I contacted him about an idea of converting my squall to use an arched front p...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 30, 11:04am
1) good products 2) friendly and useful help before ans after sale 3) great customer service I'd rate Thru-Hiker a 6 if that was an option

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 01, 8:10am

Minibull Designs Pocket Puck
Hector, I had similar experience .... but only the first time I lit it. Since then I've been giving the pocket puck about 15-30 seconds more warmup time and it has always stayed lit. There is a...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 16, 6:04am