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Re: Re: Possibly unusual headlamp question
I don't know if it would work for you, but using a Zebralight on a single AA and then doing it again with a second AA, would give you two batteries to recharge at a time. Personally, I went wi...

In GEAR » Possibly unusual headlamp question
March 31, 2:02pm

Re: Metro detroit camping
I read "Metro detroit camping" a little too literally and thought, "just sleep in your car in a Walmart parking lot like any road-tripping college student, itinerant roofer, or migra...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Metro detroit camping
March 31, 12:09am

What Does an Engineer do with Almost-Empty Fuel Canisters?
Exhaust one of them and weigh it. Write the "tare weight" on all other canisters of the same type. Now you can know within a few grams how much is left in a canister. Pro-tip: record...

In Philosophy & Technique » What Do You Do with Almost-Empty Fuel Canisters?
March 31, 12:06am

Re: Re: Re: Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
>"By the time I looked back to my pack, probably 60 seconds later, the bear was almost on it. I scared it away easily. " This has been my experience in the Sierra as well. Bears ar...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 20, 12:37am

Re: recommend me some New Zealand hikes
I assume you're flying from South Island to North? That's a long haul if not. Roughly the size of California and with as diverse a geography; the roads, terrain, and bridges of NZ don'...

In Pre-Trip Planning » recommend me some New Zealand hikes
March 19, 10:12pm

MYOG pants
>"Some pants are dual layered in the knees and are designed to accept foam inserts to serve as kneepads. " I've MYOGed my caving overalls into that. Then cut ensolite sections ...

In GEAR » Knee Pads.
March 19, 9:48pm

Re: Zion Snow
>"could possibly try and get a read on the high country snow when you are there. thanks." Art, I posted on the other (logistics?) thread when I got back. Going up to Angel's L...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd Annual BPL Spring Run -Zion Training Thread
March 19, 1:18am

Re: Wilderness First Responder Training Question
I've taught a few thousand students CPR, FA, AFA and WAFA. Like many have said, I would focus on the practical sessions that are offered to assess different courses. It's not the only cri...

In Other Activities » Wilderness First Responder Training Question
March 19, 12:57am

Re: Does anyone comb their fleece or pile?
In the early 80's Patagonia pile garments got very pilly with use. They could be restored to date-worthy clothing (well, in Berkeley) by shaving the pills off.

In GEAR » Does anyone comb their fleece or pile?
March 19, 12:40am

Here's a comparison. With weights.
80-pound dacron fishing line, 25 feet = 5.1 grams braided nylon line (mason's line thickness, but braided, 25 feet = 10.4 grams 550-cord, possibly heavier than some stuff sold as para-cord, p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bamboo External Frame Backpack
March 17, 7:38pm

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