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jerry adams (retiredjerry) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Oregon and Washington
About Me I started hiking about 45 years ago. My first backpack was 40 years ago. I currently try to do one backpack trip of 5 nights every month (which can be tricky in the winter) 20 to 50 miles. Mostly I stay around Mount Hood, Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams, Goat Rocks, and the Olympic Peninsula. In recent years I have shifted to lightweight - my pack weight without food and water is about 15 lb (7 kg). I make a lot of my own gear - silnylon tarp-tent, bivy, synthetic bag, simple bag style pack. My sleeping pad is a Therm-a-Rest air mattress.

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Re: Help with R-value
Exped Downmat 7 is 72 x 20 x 2.8, 6 ounces down, R value of 5.9 just guessing that R value is proportional to down weight for less than 6 ounces

In Make Your Own Gear » Help with R-value
May 22, 2:09pm

Re: Not useful for pedestrian use
Maybe a pedometer would work better A lot cheaper

May 21, 8:04pm

I've been using a Garmin 60CSx for a couple years The 76CSx is the same as the 60CSx except it's a marine version - it floats, but therefore it's more volume. If you're boating ...

May 21, 5:04pm

Re: Catenary Curves
You can use formula - (cosh((2 * x / ridge) - 1) - cosh (1)) * deflection * 1.8413 where x is the distance along the ridge ridge is the ridgeline distance for example 100 inches deflection is ...

In Make Your Own Gear » I've done some searching on catenary curves, and I'm wondering if anybody could explain, or link to a good explanation of how to set up a proper curve on a cat tarp? Any help you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks!!
May 21, 1:04pm

I use Prolite - down to 20 F but I sleep pretty warm, should be easily good down to 32 F for most people. If you're camping on snow you need something in addition. Of course, it depends on wh...

In GEAR » What is the best sleeping pad? Maybe Peak Elite AC?
May 21, 7:59am

Re: Re: Newbie Questions
"No one can smell ya" According to one theory, if you smell natural, then mosquitoes won't find you as much as if you wear perfume and other critters

In Philosophy & Technique » Newbie Questions
May 20, 6:45pm

Re: nylon expanding
Nylon thread is slipperier than polyester so is more likely to unravel

In Make Your Own Gear » Tarp taughtness
May 20, 11:29am

Re: Re: Re: 8 oz Climashield Apex Silk Quilt
Silk is comfortable against your skin? The 4.5mm is strong enough to survive many nights of backpacking?

In Make Your Own Gear » 8 oz Climashield Apex Silk Quilt
May 20, 8:44am

Re: Altimeter watch
I have an ADC wind - not a watch - also measures wind speed - I've been pretty happy with it - they have a model that also does barometric pressure for $150? The temperature measurement on a...

In GEAR » Altimeter watch
May 20, 8:22am

Re: Re: What could be better than free?
B.O.A.T. Break Out Another Thousand Bill Walton

In Gear Deals » What could be better than free?
May 19, 10:09pm

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