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To quote Krusty the Clown
Me rikey rikey!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » My friend Dicentra's new website
November 11, 6:45pm

Scale uses?
I don't own one. I look at weight (among other things) at the time of purchase. Some vendors (Prolite for ex.) are really good about accurate weights. IF you do have a scale do you pack ...

In GEAR » Scales for weighing gear and where to get them
November 06, 9:37pm

Lunar Solo E ordered
Since I have 8" Easton stakes already (and an experimenting nature) I ordered Mr. Moak's shelter. Greg

In GEAR » TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E
September 24, 6:35pm

Mark, thanks for your reply
I knew somebody here would own both! In the photo it looks like the LS is staked with the canopy flush to the ground. I think SMD/Ron recommends keeping a gap between the ground and canopy. A...

In GEAR » TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E
September 23, 9:11am

Look at how many people go out with only a GPS
No map, no compass. Utter faith in their electronic device. Expect to read reports in the future about these people.

In GEAR » Missing hiker wouldn't drink untreated water
September 23, 8:23am

I know people on both sides of the treat/don't treat spectrum
Those that don't treat suggest that a tested immune system is a stronger immune system. Those that do treat may have gotten sick once in the past and they talk about Giardia like it was a de...

In GEAR » Missing hiker wouldn't drink untreated water
September 22, 8:31pm

I fail to see American's fondness for soap as a problem
Having been in enough environments with folks from other countries I prefer freshly washed with soap. Some people stink so bad being around them is like a punch in the gut. Their problem, not mi...

In GEAR » Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant... what do you use?
September 22, 2:13pm

This won't be a primary winter shelter
I have other tents for planned snow. I'm concerned about the unplanned snow like the three and a half inches of heavy slop I got hit with in July at 11,000 ft. My current lightweight shel...

In GEAR » TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E
September 22, 1:48pm

TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E
I have a Squall 2 and like the TT designs. I do look at the Lunar Solo E and think it would shed snow better. Snow is possible where I roam nearly 10 months of the year. Other users have men...

In GEAR » TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E
September 22, 9:30am

I really dig the mesh kangaroo pocket on
my old model Osprey Aether 60. Wake up with a wet tarp or Tarptent and I just stuff it in the mesh pocket and go. Anything that might drip, stink, or mess up the interior of the main pack goes t...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW
September 19, 6:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Greg Vaillancourt

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Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator
Cheap Chinese junk. I'm using my oven at 140 degrees with equal or better results.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 15, 2:19pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
And very nice workmanship.

In Stoves - Other
April 14, 10:04am

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
but these are quite good. I eat them for dessert on trips.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 05, 5:56pm

Wiggy's Super Light
This bag was purchased for winter car camping trips to the desert. I was not concerned with the bag's considerable weight and bulk for this role. The materials that make up the bag should be qu...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 18, 6:15pm

Patagonia DAS Parka
A 4 because the main zipper pull looks pretty fragile. I like the breathability of this parka. Reminds me of my MH Chugach (also Polarguard 3D) in the way it dries your other layers after you put i...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
February 24, 6:27pm

Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Chicken
For an "All Natural" meal this thing tastes like a chemistry experiment. Not good at all...maybe the worst FD meal I've ever tried. They obviously tried to hide the disgusting flavor ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 19, 6:06pm

This stove is heavy and loud. Surprisingly loud! It doesn't simmer and it is downright bulky. Why the 5 rating? Because for melting vast quantities of snow (or ice) this thing cannot be beat un...

In Stoves - White Gas
November 19, 7:36pm

Penny Stove soda can version
I "geeked out" on DIY alcohol stoves and built probably 50 over 2 years. The Penny performs well but in my tests it only beat an openjet Pepsi can stove by 30-35 seconds. I also played wi...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 12, 8:42pm

Snow Peak Trek 700
The lid from the Vargo mug fits fairly well and it is Ti. I think the SP 700 is a nicer pot. I switch to an aluminum foil lid unless I plan on draining pasta. The steel lid is really secure as a st...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 12, 8:31pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I've found that placing my shoes near the mattress so my elbows have a place to rest makes for a much more comfortable night. I hate having my elbows dangling off the sides or locking my finger...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:47pm