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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.
StateNew York

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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: Does this mean I'm ultralight?
No. Light, UL, SUL, XUL has nothing to do with where you get gear. While it is true that REI or EMS or similar places carry some light weight gear, the majority of available options at those places...

In Philosophy & Technique » Does this mean I'm ultralight?
March 10, 7:28am

Re: Re: Knife sharpeners
Glenn, Yup, I have a lot of DMT stuff in the shop. It more than pays for itself 10 times over sharpening carbide saw blades and router bits. I use them for my chisels and plane irons, too. Anywa...

In GEAR » Knife sharpeners
March 09, 6:54am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Knife sharpeners
Derek, The wet/dry paper is dark grey carborundum babper. It comes in several grits from 400 up to 4000. The finest you can get at wally world or the like is 2000 and leavs a honeable edge. You ca...

In GEAR » Knife sharpeners
March 07, 9:31pm

Re: To each the their own
Duane, I believe they fired the Chinese manufacturor of the SVEA. Some of the aluminum parts are still made there, or were left over from a larger order. Latvia(??) I believe is producing most of t...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 07, 4:33pm

Re: To each the their own
Robert, the SVEA 123r is still sold. You can purchase parts from Optimus:

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 07, 2:15pm

Re: Re: Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
Well, I was assuming some good pack cloth, maybe PU coated. Of course this would be worst case. I am sure you could do better...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
March 07, 6:54am

Re: re: sharpening
I will second the sandpaper. 2000grit finishing paper (carborundum wet/dry) weighs only 2-3 grams and a piece can be wrapped around a stick for sharpening. I find it in the automotive supplies next...

In GEAR » Knife sharpeners
March 07, 5:34am

Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
I believe this is a good idea from an organizational point of view. Steal a thought from LuxuryLite and make some front opening pouches. This will make stuff a little easier to get at. But a rou...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
March 07, 4:55am

Re: Fire Ball
Yeah, I have used a SVEA for almost 40 years (boy it doesn't seem that long.) Anyway, when I traded for some flies I had tied, I got a fuel bottle and a pair of caps from Optimus. The one had a...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 06, 8:43pm

Re: Svea 123
Well, I never had a problem with my SVEA. It does take a bit of attention to the weather when filling it, though. A full tank will last about 70-80 minutes on high. About 2-3 hours on medium...say ...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 06, 2:03pm

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