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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. GG Trail Ambassador.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: Back on thread
Generally, you likely need slightly smaller jets (or maybe not so many of them, I never tried that, though) to get everclear (95% ethanol/190proof) to burn clean. Nor does it burn really clean from...

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 6:00pm

Re: Thread drift
Innocent!!!!! You are the one that brought up unBTUnium. At least thermite is real stuff unlike dilithium crystals (it is usually a gas used for atomic clocks, not fuel.) Yeah, I rely on Everc...

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 4:34pm

Re: Thermite
Ha, ha, need the iron oxide to burn the aluminum.

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 2:45pm

Re: Re: Everclear +1
What about thermite?

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 2:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Alcohol Fuel Testing
The test was fairly reasonable, although there are always slight differences in the Trangia style burners. Identical stoves, identical pots, it all looked good. But he did not give the percentages ...

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 11:50am

Re: Alcohol Fuel Testing
Dan, I worry more about the amount I need to carry for minimal cleanup, no soot. On the trail, at camp, I don't worry about an extra minute or two. Mostly, this is just recovery time from hikin...

In GEAR » Alcohol Fuel Testing
March 31, 10:52am

Re: Re: sewing machine advice-singer?
I would take them both. You will find some parts will be interchangeable. (Like the friction roller for the bobbin winder. These did not change with Singers for several years. One of the newer elec...

In Make Your Own Gear » sewing machine advice-singer?
March 31, 5:19am

Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
No, not really. A lot of good things said already... SUL is generally about doing all you can do to head out with a minimal base kit. It doesn't matter when and where you are headed, nor, fo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
March 30, 9:00am

Re: Need advice redesigning my Bivvy
It looks like you've "painted yourself into a corner." Problem: Your feet are much too close to the tarp. You want a minimum 6" space between your highest point and the tarp....

In Make Your Own Gear » Need advice redesigning my Bivvy
March 29, 5:45am

Re: Food for the AT
Yeah, there are spots on the AT that might require 8 days or so. Generally you get an easy 5-6 days, sometimes shorter, between resupplies. This depends on your pace, of course. I generally don...

In GEAR » Food for the AT
March 27, 9:05am

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