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Re: Re: How Much Money Have You Spent On Gear
A) More than I want to admit in a public forum B) More than 3 but less than 5 digits in US $'s C) But a ***whole lot less*** than I could have spent in a Casino, on a new boat, fast car, sail...

In Gear Lists » How Much Money Have You Spent On Gear
May 05, 10:21pm

Re: Re: Re: GG Cuben Fiber Shelter
11 oz cool!!! Any chance for a 2 person 16 oz version?

In GEAR » Saw some cool new gear at the "Kickoff"
May 04, 10:27pm

Dehydrated Water...almost
I was listening to a discussion, where one hiker was claiming he carries no water but about 1/2 the Pedialite, and can go as far.... Anyone have any input or objective feedback on this? I see you...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dehydrated Water...almost
May 03, 10:28pm

Re: 3 person tent = Tarptent RainShadow
Make that 3 votes in a row. I just got back from an overnighter, and liked carrying the Rainshadow. It's very light, airy, and I had virtually no condensation inside this morning, where most al...

In GEAR » 3 person tent
April 22, 3:32pm

Anyone here sumit Everest?
If so, how much preparation time, and what were the costs involved?

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Anyone here sumit Everest?
April 19, 7:15pm

Re: Beware - you may not get to choose the perfect site!
Not a problem, it is still likely you have choices, even in crowded areas.... Even high crowned rocks would be better than low-in-the-bottom-of-the-valley rocks <(;->) MikeB (Someone w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Use of groundsheet in torrential rain!
April 14, 2:15pm

Re: Use of groundsheet in torrential rain!
To me, site selection seems to be more important than the groundsheet. You can avoid much of the runoff / standing water in a heavy rain by being in a locally high spot with a slight crowning (c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Use of groundsheet in torrential rain!
April 14, 10:44am

Re: re:Tony, schematic?
Tony, there are many plug and play DC-DC converter circuits out there floating around. Maxim and Linear do a great job, one of their ap note sections can be found here:

In GEAR » Foretrex 101 and Lithium Batteries
April 13, 7:56pm

Re: Free titanium tires
Now, can anyone tell me if titanium wheels would improve the gas mileage on my SUV and, if so, where I might find some? Yes they will, they have a significantly lower moment of inertia than your...

In Philosophy & Technique » I like nature- I am a dirty, crunchy, organic-eating, bike-riding hippie.
April 12, 10:35pm

Re: Li batteries/Garmin Solar Recharging
I took an Iowa Thin Film solar panel to Philmont for 10 days, and it worked great. I used it to recharge camera and other batteries. My review of it is here:

In GEAR » Foretrex 101 and Lithium Batteries
April 12, 6:53pm

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