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My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.
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I stand corrected
I stand corrected by our better informed chemists. Whatever the definitions, Bob's headache problem may be alleviated by the "purer" mixture. Please let us know if it helps.

In GEAR » Laboratory Grade Ethanol
January 25, 1:29am

See Denali Light article
See the Denali light article, recently published, to get an idea about adequate clothing. Rainier is nowhere near as cold as Denali (though a storm can make it very dangerous). Some lofty layers sh...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Rainier light?
January 25, 12:24am

Even better than a GoLite Breeze
Sebastian: I have an old model, based on Ray Jardine's dimensions from the Pacific Crest Trail handbook, that I made myself over ten years ago, that I'd be willing to part with for a small ...

In Gear Swap » WTB GoLite Breeze
January 24, 11:09pm

95% ethanol is "denatured alcohol"
Standard "denatured" alcohol is mostly ethanol. It is "poisoned" with other stuff, usually methanol, to keep it from the liquor market which is heavily regulated and taxed. It&#...

In GEAR » Laboratory Grade Ethanol
January 24, 10:46pm

Softshell hopes and doubts
I'll admit I have no experience with softshells; I'm always tempted, and I always conclude that a base layer with a windbreaker over top = softshell at a much cheaper price. On the other...

In GEAR » Clothing Layers - Need some help please
January 24, 1:39pm

Scraps, forget waterproof
I made mine of scraps from a tarp project. It's water resistant, and doesn't sog-up with body sweat when I wear it in a money belt. But forget about waterproofing it, there are to many s...

In Make Your Own Gear » Best material to make a wallet
January 24, 1:35pm

Silnylon works.
Wallets are made of leather for a reason: it's very durable. A good leather wallet can last for decades of daily abuse. For occasional use hiking, or traveling, however, I've made a siln...

In Make Your Own Gear » Best material to make a wallet
January 24, 9:07am

Best for biking
I have both arm and leg versions, and they are great for biking the shoulder seasons. I've never hiked in them, but they're not all that lightweight, and they are rather tight for hiking us...

In GEAR » thermal sleeves
January 24, 6:39am

lazy flames
I agree with Gary and Theron. One of the problems with LW canister stoves is the concentrated flame pattern. A lazy sterno (or, for that matter laminar alcohol stove) flame, or wood flame/charcoal ...

In GEAR » Fry Pan?
January 24, 12:10am

Mora Knives, scissors, wine
I second the Mora knife recommendation. If you want a real woods knife, nothing's really that much better. And for 12.50, you can't beat the price. What makes them better for most people is...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Knife input needed
January 23, 1:16pm

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