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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. No longer a GG Trail Ambassador.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: Re: Weather and alky & ESBIT
Hot, quick and hard to handle. Sound familiar???

In GEAR » Need suggestions for lighter stove
April 17, 5:40pm

Re: Or... use no stuff sack at all!
All last summer, fall and winter I used no stuff sack for my quilts — a-la-Clelland! — and found absolutely no downside at all. No hiking in the rain? Or Canoeing/Pack rafting? Larger river/...

In GEAR » Ultralight Sleeping Bag Compression Stuff Sack
April 17, 5:14pm

Re: CC Sidewinder W/ ESBIT or alky
@ James M., Alky fuel & stove will outweigh a canister & stove after 3 days B/C the alky fuel volume needed is so much greater. The same is true with an alky /ESBIT comparison. Actully, I ...

In GEAR » Need suggestions for lighter stove
April 17, 1:59pm

Re: Granite Gear
Yeah, tried the Granite Gear ones. They leaked. I tried two. I generally use a small STS eVent Dry/Compression bag at about 4.5oz. This is heavy until you consider that it holds my bag, down ca...

In GEAR » Ultralight Sleeping Bag Compression Stuff Sack
April 17, 1:15pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Better or Worse Efficiency?
James, how would you make a cone with an incorporated BGET??? By not using it to support a pot. Use the modded BGET as the pot support.

In Gear Deals » Brian Green Esbit Tray BGET
April 17, 12:39pm

Re: Re: Re: Better or Worse Efficiency?
James, Kenneth Jacobs has a clone cone as his pot support. Making another clone would take a lot more effort than raising the esbit tray. It's nice to have a one piece tray to change the distan...

In Gear Deals » Brian Green Esbit Tray BGET
April 17, 8:02am

Re: Re: Need suggestions for lighter stove
I agree with Bob. In many areas on the west coast, alcohol, esbit, and wood are not allowed or have impossible constraints on usage. An on/off control on an esbit stove? Really? I really dislike...

In GEAR » Need suggestions for lighter stove
April 17, 7:05am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Better or Worse Efficiency?
Dan while these look good I kind of wonder how they will actually perform in the field. It seems to me that moving the cube height is kind of backwards. The goal is to achieve a fixed distance betw...

In Gear Deals » Brian Green Esbit Tray BGET
April 17, 5:21am

Custom Packs
Well custom changes to most packs can drop the weight significantly. Simply removing the hip belt and sternum strap from the Kumo will make the weights virtually identical. Better yet, you can d...

In GEAR » GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
April 16, 7:28am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The Single Fly
Typically, I will fish with whatever I happen to have on the line. Usually small, #16 some sort of dry fly. If I need a wet, I mash it down in my finger tips with a bit of saliva. I cannot say I ti...

In Fishing » The Single Fly
April 16, 4:28am

All Reader Reviews by James Marco

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Steripen Adventurer Opti
They finally revamped the old Adventurer with the Opti. 1) Improved battery life - The old unit went through batteries at about 25-30L per set. This was primarily because of leaving the batteries ...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
June 16, 5:29am

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