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new topo app: National Geographic Trail Maps
There's a new mapping app out there: National Geographic's Trail Maps app. These are NOT trail maps, but are USGS 1:100K and 1:24K topo maps, as well as satellite photos from Bing, covering...

In Editor's Roundtable » Smartphone Navigation
August 15, 5:18pm

Bigger than stock tarp?
>"You're gonna need a bigger...tarp" The stock Hennessy tarp does just fine in a blizzard. I stake the tarp a lot closer than I normally would, and I don't get any signifi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock Review
August 10, 2:09pm

cheap test hammock
If you're interested in trying a hammock, but don't have a buddy with a Hennessy or othe asym hammock to borrow, the Byer of Maine/Amazonas Moskito Traveller (15.3 oz, no tie ropes or tarp)...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock Review
August 10, 10:29am

Topo Maps App has better quality maps than that screenshot! [UPDATED]
[Updated: the screenshot in the article has been updated to show the HIGH-RES map, so this post isn't as relevant. However, the low-res/high-res option remains a useful feature for reducing sto...

In Editor's Roundtable » Smartphone Navigation
July 27, 11:47am

A different kind of map app
The Maplets app for iOS has different maps than any of the above: they scan free and public domain maps worldwide, most with GPS calibration. For example, you know those nice maps provided at the e...

In Editor's Roundtable » Smartphone Navigation
July 27, 11:02am

Re: RE: Tapes
>Would Gorilla tape have a place here? Gorilla tape hasn't slipped in my applications, but it is heavier than most duct tape. Good-quality packing tape sticks to plastic well, and is si...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: 3mm Plastic Tarps
February 09, 11:01am

Re: chemical hand warmer
I'd forgot about those (sodium acetate warmers); my EZ Heat (Pristech Products, Inc.) weighs 3.8oz. One drawback is that it must be boiled for about 10 minutes to ensure all the crystals melt, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Effect of Cold on Gas Canisters
November 08, 11:57am

canister coozy
>Have you used a chemical hand warmer? I'm not sure who you're asking, but that would really do the trick, especially with a coozy (or your hands) to hold it onto the canister. With a...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Effect of Cold on Gas Canisters
November 08, 11:14am

canister coozy (was Re:...)
>A friend of mine from the northeast made me a canister coozy this weekend for using canister stoves in the cold. He said that he used it all winter up north without issues. I was curious as to ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Effect of Cold on Gas Canisters
November 08, 10:28am

Re: Where's the Summary or Conclusion section?
Great article! Thanks for the clear details and charts. Jim wrote: >2. For temps between -40C (-40F) and -10C (+14F) use 100% propane and accept a substantial weight penalty. > >3....

In Editor's Roundtable » The Effect of Cold on Gas Canisters
October 27, 11:26am

All Reader Reviews by Douglas Frick

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Petzl Zipka
I have the original 3-LED Zipka (1.9 oz with Lithium batteries). It is my regular headlamp (when there's little likelihood of hiking at night) and I always carry it with me on day hikes. It isn...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 07, 1:54pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
I grabbed a bunch of random non-Cliff bars at REI before a recent trip. A few of them were wretched, some just indifferent, and a few I thought would be worthwhile to remember for next time. And then ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 13, 1:03pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
The good points are: fast, fuel-efficient, easy, simple, and reliable boiling water. You can hold it in your hand while you boil water, if finding a place to set up a hot stove is a problem in your en...

In Stoves - Canister
January 06, 10:55am Premium Membership
I read all of the free articles, and after looking at the abstracts of the Premium articles, I immediately bought a membership. That was well worth it right there. I've also more than saved the price ...

In Books and Media
December 26, 10:01pm

Hiking Light Handbook by Karen Berger
This is a great intro to lightweight backpacking. She covers all of the major gear areas in an uncomplicated fashion, giving overviews of what, why and how to lighten up. The book includes strategies,...

In Books and Media
December 26, 9:56pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
I refer to it as my "ugly hat," but it's the one I always grab when it's sunny. I wear this hat in Hawaii, where hiking is hot and steamy. I just tighten the headband a bit (easily and securely adjust...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 23, 9:16pm

Brunton Helios "Stormproof" lighter
I don't have a Brunton Helios lighter, but unfortunately there isn't a way to comment without giving a rating. I do, however, have six butane 'windproof' lighters/torches: a Brunton Firelight, a Solo ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 23, 8:27pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
This is a thick book with a lot of useful information. I found it inspiring, with a fairly well-balanced idea of hiking and camping with light gear. I've bought copies for friends, with the simple adm...

In Books and Media
November 25, 2:17pm

Superfeet Performance Green
I have flat feet after wearing rubber slippers in Hawaii for 15 years. When I got back into hiking I found I could only pack for a mile or two before my feet started screaming. Superfeet solved that p...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 25, 1:47pm