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Vick Hines (vickrhines) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me 2X AT thruhiker
Author of How to Make Your Own Lightweight Camping and Hiking Gear
Builder of solo canoes
Compulsive builder of yondering gear of all kinds.
CityAustin
StateTexas
CountryUnited States

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All Forum Posts by Vick Hines

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Re: spray didn't work well for me
Love the stuff. Treat the bug net on my hammock. Clouds of buzzing mosquitoes sound like air raid sirens but after a while they go quiet, having expired. Heh, heh, heh....

In GEAR » Permethrin. What it will and won't do?
July 31, 10:22am

Re: TS2
Waterproofness or weather resistance are less important that you might think. A ziploc bag - or a dedicated camera bag will do the job. Usually, I just leave my camera in its shoulder strap case wi...

In GEAR » UL cameras?
July 31, 9:53am

Re: Film Thickness
You might consider not using a zipper or any closure at all. Just make the net upside down = the apex of the triangle faces down instead of up, and make it 6 inches longer - taller. It will drape o...

In Make Your Own Gear » LDPE no-sew (almost) tent
July 30, 4:07pm

Re: Hmmm
Seconding Troy's post. I use homemade hammocks exclusively including an '07 AT thruhike and the only difference from what Troy recommends is that I use 1.5 inch polypro webbing for the hang...

In GEAR » Swing in the hammock?
July 29, 6:25pm

Re: Hammock suspension
ridgeline: I use MuleTape, a surveyors' tape made from Kevlar, or 3/8" Dyneema/Spectra sailboat sheeting, but the 4mm accessory cord mentioned earler is easier to find and works fine. ...

In GEAR » Hammock Suspension
July 29, 3:10pm

Re: keeping stuff in pack dry: your techniqiues?
One technique is to line the pack bag with a contractor's bag and just put the stuff sacks in that. This works for paddling as well as backpacking altough the contractor bag is perhaps overkill...

In GEAR » keeping stuff in pack dry: your techniqiues?
July 29, 1:53pm

Re: Old Sewing Books
I'll second the opinion that old design books are out of date. Mine sure is. Materials and philosophies have changed and there are few insights to be gleaned from anything since Beyond Backpac...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack patterns
July 27, 12:12pm

Re: Re: Well done
Gotta make one. Too cool!

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Silicone Cup Lid and Pot Grabber
July 27, 11:53am

Re: Re: Re: Esbit Stoves
I like Esbit, but it takes practice and planning - as everyone else has noted. I have used it for long backpacking trips such as AT thruhikes. It works better than alcohol in near-zero weather. It ...

In GEAR » Esbit Stoves
July 27, 11:43am

Re: Re: firesteels/bic
Besides the fun factor and satisfaction, primitive fire starting is a useful survival skill. It should be added to the Essentials. I keep my BIC on a lanyard under my shirt in cold weather. Tha...

In GEAR » Bic: The lighter lighter
July 27, 11:32am

All Reader Reviews by Vick Hines

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Nike Free Trail 5.0
Summary: A light moccasin with a good sole and no heel counter. The shoe encourages full use of foot and ankle, improves balance and control, and strengthens the foot and ankle. The low profile sole r...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 12, 4:17pm

Golite Trail Fly and Tail Spike
Two pairs of Golite shoes self-destructed within 70 miles on the AT. The first pair (Trail Fly) failed after 66 miles. The fake ripstop fabric over the toe section cracked with repeated flexing (an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 08, 8:16pm