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LIghtweight Philmont Experince
When you complete your trek, particularly with lightweight gear, please share your experience with the rest of us: What went well, but more importantly what didn't. Seems like I learn a lot m...

In Philmont » LIghtweight Philmont Experince
June 24, 9:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Unpackaging Philmont Food
Hi Roger, is it possibly because they also use the meat sauce from Philmont as the basis for super glue??? :) :) :) We've done it both ways, and the turkey bagging was easily much faste...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
June 24, 6:59am

Re: Re: Re: Check with Philmont - Isopropane is available
I actually weighed one on my digital (non certified) scale. The difference could be the delta in manufacturers (of the cylinders or the scale :)

June 23, 8:35pm

Re: Unpackaging Philmont Food
Scott, to your questions: If you want to be the uber-Philmont-minimalist, then you'd dump about 1/2 the packaging to save about 2 ounces per meal for 12, not worth the effort for most I'...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
June 23, 8:33pm

GG's a good company from my perspective
Per Paul and Ken, I've also heard nothing but good things from GG. We even had a chance to visit them, they were very hospitable. Further, they were most helpful in other areas and I for one ...

In Chaff » Gossamer Gear customer service SUCKS
June 22, 6:49pm

Re: 2.5 Gallon Water Containers At Least
It depends on where you are camping. If you at at 2 dry trail camps in a row, you likely need to have the extra capacity. It's also unlikely 2.5 gals will do it for a full crew, but all this d...

In Philmont » Philmont Checklist
June 14, 8:41pm

Cameras to HDMI?
Is anyone aware of a camera that has an HDMI interface to an HDTV?

In Photography » Best Camera for Hiking?
June 13, 8:56am

Re: Re: lightest technique to improve water taste?
If weight is the only criteria, then you'd be hard pressed to beat a solar still. A 1m ^2 sheet of 1/2 mil plastic and a small plastic or paper cup is an ounce. What you effectively get is is...

In GEAR » lightest technique to improve water taste?
June 08, 9:09pm

Re: Thanks Sarah
It should work. The only 2 problems I see are if you got the right serving, or if the tubs / cups are stout enough to be packed for 12 days.

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
June 05, 7:14pm

Re: Re: Dealing with Theft
When I travel internationally, I keep a copy of the front inside page of my passport in a safe place. If you're in a country that has significant exit requirements, you may want to also consid...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are culture and mountaineering incompatible?
June 02, 11:13am

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