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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: Re:
"1) Is there substantial added value in going with the $60 Shimano Sedona versus the $20 Shimano AXULSA? Will the more expensive rod cast further assume the same 4lb mono on both and the same ...

In Fishing » Fly and Bubble Tips?
July 29, 3:40am

Re: The trail food you just can't stand.
Yup, peanut butter.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
July 29, 2:35am

RE: Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
40L is not to small for an 8-10 day trip. Or even a thru-hike with a resupply every 8-10 days. I did a 14 day trip along the NPT with a 2200ci(35L) Murmur with a 32F outfit. A similar 20F outfit wo...

In GEAR » Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
July 28, 3:08pm

Re: Drool
Yeah, I will second the drool...well, sort'a;-) There are two basic issues that prevent me from going from a shaped tarp (similar to Yama Mountain Gear's Cirriform DW except a bit larger...

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
July 28, 7:54am

Re: Re: Re: Emissivity of alumized Cuben, Silnylon
There are a lot of assumptions here that may not pan out in the real world. Jerry is measuring *only* emisivity of the four materials. There are other factors that effect how comfortable you will b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Emissivity of alumized Cuben, Silnylon
July 27, 7:35am

Kinesio tape
I have seen a few references to this stuff. I think I will try some. I usually carry about 3-5 yd of duct tape (depending.) How much is appropriate to bring? Also, alcohol fuel makes a good ste...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
July 23, 4:34am

How do you stay clean?
With a compromised imune system, fighting off a skin infection is not easy to do in the back country. This is not the "normal" for most. The medications you take are shutting down the nor...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you stay clean?
July 22, 5:29am

Re: Re: Suggest a foam pad!
Yeas the Gossamer Gear pads are pretty good. The old ones did compress more than the new ones. I take a full size pad and cut it into fan-fold sections that fit into my pad keepers. It is roughly 5...

In GEAR » Suggest a foam pad!
July 21, 3:24pm

Re: Need suggestions for Ohio / Pennsylvania / Central NY
Yeah, I live in the Finger Lakes area of NY. I go to the ADK's for hiking. Other than a few spur trails, there are not too many in western and central NY. The Finger Lakes Trail or North Countr...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need suggestions for Ohio / Pennsylvania / Central NY
July 21, 3:21pm

Re: Re: Canister fuel. How many boils?
I usually figure about an ounce per day for: Mornings: 28oz (enough for oatmeal and two cups of coffee) Evenings: 24oz of water (3 cups) plus 2 minutes simmer. If it is less than 40F in the ...

In GEAR » Canister fuel. How many boils?
July 17, 12:46pm

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