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You're on a mountain top, then rain then...
I heard an interesting story with suboptimal ending and wondering what the concensus was for the best outcome in future similar event. I know they were on the top when it was lightning / precip. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » You're on a mountain top, then rain then...
September 12, 6:11pm

Sub 7 oz October Hike
Sub 2 lbs of gear is pretty impressive. I remember doing sub 7 oz outings in Sept/Oct and March/April in East Texas many years ago. Biggest difference was the word "Survival" was in the descripti...

In Gear Lists » Sub 2-lb October Hike
September 11, 9:19pm

Re: Solar Panel Experiences
I used the Iowa Solar flexible panel for recharging cell phone and camera batteries. Was very pleased.

In GEAR » Solar Chargers for Long Trips
September 05, 9:20pm

Cheap Light Bowl: tried several options...
Ditto what he said: ORIKASO ( We tried several options, all cheaper (or free). The easiest option we found if you're going to be human sumping is Orakaso.

In GEAR » cheap light bowl
September 04, 9:23pm

Re: Lifespan of FlexAir pillows
I took 4 to Philmont, 10 nights, 1 worked fine for me, the others got passed out to others over the week. The only noticable problem was the pillow was pretty dirty by the end of the week.

In GEAR » Lifespan of FlexAir pillows
August 31, 4:31pm

Re: Silk Cocoon Liners
Ditto Egads. We took these to Philmont, where showers were few and far between, a big feature as they are significantly easier to clean than a bag. I left mine in the bag, the few nights it got r...

In GEAR » cocoon mummy liners
August 22, 8:20pm

Re^2: PDA and Sat Phone - Solar panel
I used a 10 V 200 mA solar panel ( on a recent 10 day 75 mile trek for recharging camera and cell phone batteries. Total...

In GEAR » 1 Heavy essential item you can' leave at home?
August 19, 12:14pm

Re: Coleman UL stoves on Ebay
Good catch, but it's more expensive w/ shipping than on the Coleman nonprofit site.

In Gear Deals » Coleman UL stoves on Ebay
August 15, 11:27pm

Re^4: BPL Headnets
It's a free market: If you really need to save 8 gm's over the Walmart $2.95 head mesh, or need the better breathability or visibility, then it's a good deal. Just like a full size pickup vs. Ho...

In GEAR » The new headnets on the home page
August 14, 9:21pm

Re: Re: Superglue
My understanding was cyanide may be present in the mfg. of superglue, there was little to -0- cyanide in superglue as it's distributed (

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Blisters:
July 31, 8:28pm

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