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MYO Tarptent w/ Cuben?
I was fascinated with GG's Cuben 1 man 11 oz tent, and looking for something similar in weight with a floor for next summer. In looking at this thread, I was intrigued with the possibility of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Original Tarptent from plans, Yes or No?
May 19, 11:56am

Re: New ULA pack: Ohm=> Atto or Femto?
Adam R said: "Could I suggest Farad or maybe NAND Gate? On second though NAND Gate isn't so good..." How about Femto or Atto? Both describe entities that are either *very* fast o...

In GEAR » New pack from ULA- the Ohm
May 18, 6:52pm

Re: Foot growth
Yup Elliott, we're about the same vintage, similar growth patterns. I was a 9.5 - 10 in 76', last pair was a 13. Hey, it's not just me! MikeB

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have your feet grown?
May 16, 10:12pm

Re: Re: Re: how 'bout the ultralightweight Philmont shelter
We saw non floored traditional tents last year @ Philmont, there were also a fair number of ants and other critters that could easily sneak into a non-floored shelter. I'll look at the Wild Oa...

In GEAR » Ultralightweight tarp desired, tent required
May 16, 10:02pm

Ultralightweight tarp desired, tent required
We're planning for Philmont for 2008, and I'm trying to drop backpack weight. Several areas are promising, but I'd also like to look at getting well below the weight of an existing lig...

In GEAR » Ultralightweight tarp desired, tent required
May 15, 9:52pm

Anyone make a Bilgy tarp tent?
I was looking for a lighter weight 1.5 man tent. Has anyone made one of these? Thanks, MikeB

In Make Your Own Gear » Anyone make a Bilgy tarp tent?
May 14, 11:39pm

Have your feet grown?
I've noticed over the last few years my foot has grown 2 sizes, while my waistline and weight have dropped slightly. Anyone else notice something similar after starting to hike more?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have your feet grown?
May 14, 10:04am

Re: All natural shelter
2 suggestions: "Wilderness Survival" merit badge book from BSA. The US Army FM 21 Survival guide. It can be found at, or on line, including here:

In Make Your Own Gear » All natural
May 08, 10:36pm

Re: Re: Bear Stories, Anyone?
Whoops, sorry about that.

In Editor's Roundtable » Bear Stories, Anyone?
May 07, 10:17pm

Re: 3 gm, 9" Titanium bike spokes: What to use for?
Sam_H, thanks for the vote of confidence (that I might be able to find one.....;) Let me take a look and I'll let you know. MikeB

In Make Your Own Gear » 3 gm, 9" Titanium bike spokes: What to use for?
May 07, 9:25pm

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