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Re: Pole Sleeves, Seams, and Ends for Dome Tent
I would think seriously about putting the poles inside the fabric, as is done on the Bibler/BD tents. This gives you the most possible volume for the length of the poles. Also, I would sew up t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pole Sleeves, Seams, and Ends for Dome Tent
June 03, 9:48pm

Re: Wind-up rechargeable Flashlight/USB port
Crank- chargeable flashlights are heavy and you pretty much have to crank continuously to have any light. The one think I would consider them good for is to have in an emergency box at home for pow...

In GEAR » Wind-up rechargeable Flashlight/USB port
May 21, 8:20pm

Re: Help Finding Lighter Aluminum Stays for Pack
I see you already ordered 1/2" wide stock for stays. There is another way to get skinnier stock, which I have used - I cut them lengthwise. Mostly have done this to get stays skinnier than I ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Finding Lighter Aluminum Stays for Pack
May 19, 8:50pm

Re: Couscous + Parmesan cheese = enough for end of day?
I did the JMT, 19 days on basically two dinners: "The Light Brown Glop" - couscous and lentils "The Dark Brown Glop" - brown rice and black beans. Both with additions of drie...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Couscous + Parmesan cheese = enough for end of day?
May 11, 9:38pm

Re: Spider + Titan + Windscreen: Height and Storage Issues
The foil that MSR uses for their windscreens is tough enough so that you can fold it up and then bend the whole thing to fit the curve of the inside of the pot - thus height of the windscreen can b...

In Make Your Own Gear » Spider + Titan + Windscreen: Height and Storage Issues
May 11, 9:20pm

Re: Extreme weather
Well, I wouldn't say I was re-evaluating, because I've always taken into consideration the variability of weather and unreliability of forecasts. Here in California, the three-day forecast...

In Philosophy & Technique » Extreme weather
May 11, 1:52pm

Re: Re: Extensions
Well, I sure wouldn't do that with a bear can full of food - all that weight so far back from my center of gravity is not my idea of stability. But if you had just the empty can back there so t...

In GEAR » New Paradox Unaweep Packs — Divide & Exposure
May 09, 5:14pm

Re: Sierra mosquitoes in May?
Unlikely to be too bad, since the nights are most likely going to be below freezing still. I would expect the end of the month to be more likely to have skeeters, as there is usually a noticeable d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra mosquitoes in May?
May 04, 10:21pm

Re: Re: White turns to Mellow Yellow (beige) ... eventually
If you wash white stuff with colors this is what usually happens. The white fabric picks up some color bleeding from the colored fabrics. Which is why I am not allowed to wash my wife's whites.

In Make Your Own Gear » Is it possible to paint or dye my nylon sun hat?
May 04, 10:01pm

Re: Pack for Bearikade Expedition
When I carry my expedition it is vertical in my homemade pack, with not much room around it, rather as you describe the fit in your McHale. What I have taken to doing is to shove various articles o...

In GEAR » Pack for Bearikade Expedition
May 03, 11:59am

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