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Re: Re: Havasupai Canyon
Thanks for the update Elliott. FYI, approval was received this month to pave and improve the road up to the trailhead.. Whether or not that is good news or bad news is up to you, but it will be ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Havasupai Canyon
July 24, 3:51pm

Re: starting a fire with flint and steel
For 'real flint and steel' (or a pretty hard rock and steel), I needed a lot of practice, it's not necessairly intutitive on where the spark is going the first few times, or how to hold...

In Philosophy & Technique » starting a fire with flint and steel
July 23, 12:13pm

More to Philmont than just hiking
Michael, I'd agree with much of what you wrote: It's not a cheap hike I've heard the Philmont lottery compared to both the Powerball and Draft lotteries The weather c...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
July 23, 8:23am

Too Bizarre: I am a complex impedance without a Faraday cage...
This is too wierd. And it really is for real. I'm not drinking haven't had any prescription drugs in the last year, this is just wierd. I know I posted several times in this thread about l...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
July 22, 8:17pm

Re: Re:
Jonathan, It might be appropriate to indicate that you are one of the three principles involv3e in Good luck, Mike

July 22, 1:41pm

Volunteer needed / You're little more than a complex impedance...
What you're describing is called a Faraday cage. For Alternating Current or fast transients like lightning, the energy tends to stay on the "outside" of the cage. (Unfortunately, the...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
July 20, 11:05am

Re: Re: You're little more than a complex impedance...
Wow, another Double Easy out there? Woohoo! And Imaginary numbers and Phasors, makes we want to go back and enroll in a graduate Transient Circuts course ;) MikeB

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
July 20, 10:40am

Re: Re: You're little more than a complex impedance...
Interesting results, you indicated the CF resistance of 48 ohms, and aluminum of .16 ohms. The issue is the conduction relative to a parallel path, such as your body or the air. Air will ioniz...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
July 19, 8:35pm

You're little more than a complex impedance...
The real trick is to not be in a bad spot when the lightning starts. Lightning has killed people inside houses as well as in the wild. The trick about getting low in the terrain, squating and...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
July 19, 7:31pm

Re: Re: Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
Unless you're shorter than your hiking pole, or holding it over your head, I don't expect there is any difference. Really high voltages exhibit very strange, often difficult to predict ...

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Poles in Thunderstorms
July 18, 10:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike Barney

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MSR Pocket Rocket
This is a pretty basic stove that is simple to operate. It's lightweight and reasonably efficient. We used 3 of these on a 10 day hike with 10 people and they worked well. The stove is reas...

In Stoves - Canister
December 08, 5:52pm

Light My Fire Spork
I like the LMF Spork, but it's almost too flexible. I can agree with many if not most of the comments above, and have had one break. When you use it to stir something very hot, it gets soft and ...

In Cookware - Other
November 23, 9:49pm

Garmin Rino 120 GPS and FRS / GMRS Radio
Great Idea, lacking implementation.The premis of the Rino family is that it would be great to know where others are via GPS location. Great Idea. This is accomplished by using FRS radio frequencies i...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 21, 2:53pm

Marmot Helium (long)
I had this bag for a short period, but really liked it. It's so warm, that it was almost too warm for me above freezing, but a very comfortable bag overall. It fits me (6'1") well a...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 04, 7:24pm

Atkinson's Chick-O-Stick Crunchy Peanut Butter & Coconut Candy
I really like the "Chick'O's", they do pack significant energy in a small package, and the taste is very good. They don't break as easy as some, and have a similar texture in h...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 27, 5:29pm

Jolt Gum
I guess if I was going to give this a really fair shake I'd have consumed the whole pack. Unfortunately or fortunately 1/2 a piece was more than enough. The taste isn't there, and I do have ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 11, 11:09pm

Big Agnes
We had a short term need for a bag and pad we could use at Philmont, and the Scout was on a budget. We looked around and called Big Agnes. They had a demo bag come in the next day, and they called b...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 11, 7:28pm

Walmart really does have nice people in their outdoors department at our local establishment, who know a lot about the Coleman lanterns and stoves and shotguns / rifles and ammo and really try to hel...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 07, 10:24pm

Tarptent Cloudburst
The Cloudburst 2 was my first tent from Tarptent. I like the design, and it holds up well in rain and wind. It sleeps 2 comfortably and sets up pretty easily with as few as 3 stakes. It weight a ha...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 04, 9:24pm

Sling-Light Chair w/ body and kneck rest
I purchased 2 of these initially for a 2 week hike. In the store, it seemed like a pretty good idea during a quick checkout. It's less than 2 lbs, so one of the lighter camp chairs available. It do...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 04, 8:25pm