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James Marco (jamesdmarco) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Finger Lakes
About Me Backpacker, hiker, cannoer, fisherman, since 1960 or so, now retired. I enjoy being outdoors and vary my gear to match what I am doing, where I am going, and who I am going with. I mostly head into the Adirondacks.
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All Forum Posts by James Marco

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Re: Fire Ball
Yeah, I have used a SVEA for almost 40 years (boy it doesn't seem that long.) Anyway, when I traded for some flies I had tied, I got a fuel bottle and a pair of caps from Optimus. The one had a...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 06, 8:43pm

Re: Svea 123
Well, I never had a problem with my SVEA. It does take a bit of attention to the weather when filling it, though. A full tank will last about 70-80 minutes on high. About 2-3 hours on medium...say ...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 06, 2:03pm

150-250 Mile Trails in US?
Well, if you want to head into the ADK's, ther are a few options. The Nothville-Placid trail is about 135mi long. It takes about 9 days to hike it. If you do any fishing,about two weeks. The...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 150-250 Mile Trails in US?
March 06, 6:04am

Good Report
Matthew, well done, again. You state my concerns with synthetic blends quite well. The "jury is out" on this one. I agree that good design trumps new materials. But, it should never be...

In Editor's Roundtable » ISPO 2014, Munich, Part 2
March 05, 6:44am

Re: 950 Fill Power?
Fill power is basically a measument of loft. They only are performed under selativly strict guide lines, though. They do NOT take into account real world conditions for a sleeping bag. The EN stand...

In Make Your Own Gear » 950 Fill Power?
March 04, 6:10am

Re: Re: Updated Cat Curve Spreadsheet
Well, I don't believe the diffrence between metric and english is all that great. After all, it is all the same thing we try to measure. For some things the english measuments are far superior....

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG Technical Note - Catenary Curves
March 03, 9:06am

Re: Stanco grease pot mods
One mod you seem to have overlooked was the heat exchanger rings dimpled into the bottom of the pot. ~5 seems to work best because they are easy to clean. You get around a 15% improvement in boil t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Kmart Grease Pot tips and mods?
March 01, 6:00am

Re: Re: Optimum ratio of pot diameter to height
Yeah, I follow. I do not think it is quite as simple as that, though. 1) Stove output would effect pot diameter for best heating. I have mane a lot of alcohol stoves from ones with small diamete...

In GEAR » Optimum ratio of pot diameter to height
February 28, 8:30pm

Re: What is your two item first aid kit?
First item: Duct tape Second item: Bandana Third item: Ibuprofin (pain and swelling) Antibiotic ointement: olive oil and fuel mix Epinephrine: three-four scoops of coffee in a half cup of wat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
February 27, 3:38am

Re: reinforcement
Ben, it sort'a depends on your conditions. I spend most of my time out in the ADK's. We get some good storms here. Usually the forest floor is damp. Lakes and streams are often cold enough ...

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG project
February 25, 7:03am

All Reader Reviews by James Marco

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Optimus/Primus? Svea 123R
The SVEA 123r is my standard stove for camping. I have spent about 40 years trying to replace the little beast. No such luck. I have found several different stoves that work well for 2-3 days (alcohol...

In Stoves - White Gas
April 19, 3:40am

Klymit Inertia X Frame
I picked up a Xframe (full size) a couple weeks ago. I took it out for 5 nights last weekend with my daughter, Brenda. I had a good trip but was unimpressed by the pad. I tried various techniques with...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 07, 5:16am

gossamer murmur
I have used the old GG G5 pack for well beyond a servicable lifetime. Patching, reinforcing, and repatching...it finaly died and I replaced it with a 2012 Murmur, one of the first off the production l...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 25, 6:06pm

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
Great little piece of gear. Light, easy to use, miserly on fuel. Keeps the heat in on the pot and does a great job of boiling water. I will complain that it does not let enough heat out sometimes......

In Stoves - Alcohol
December 07, 3:50am

Thermarest Neo-Air
The NeoAir is a good pad, with a fantisticcall price. I have a medium which just fits me at 5'9". I usually inflate this fully while setting up camp, giving it a couple of breaths before slee...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 07, 3:22am