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Re: Don't shoot me - quick question on tarp stakes
Use sturdy sticks of around thumb diameter or slightly more and around 12" in length. Find a small log which you can use as a club to pound them in if necessary--or a rock. Weight: 0 grams ...

In GEAR » Don't shoot me - quick question on tarp stakes
August 19, 11:18am

Re: Sawyer Mini Tips
Similar to Jeff, I use a 12 oz plastic pop bottle with the rounded top portion cut off so that it holds around 8 oz. I scoop the water, then hold the top in a pour spout shape when pouring it into ...

In GEAR » Sawyer Mini Tips
August 15, 10:09pm

Re: 3 Season Hammock List - Mid Atlantic
Good list. I took some mental notes because I'm working on re-trying and lightening my hammock setup. What do you use for a rock sack when bear bagging, if any? Another stuff sack, or just t...

In Gear Lists » 3 Season Hammock List - Mid Atlantic
August 15, 8:58am

Re: "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
The eLite seems a bit under-powered for hiking in the dark in an unplanned situation. What has been your experience? From the fresh perspective angle: use sticks or rocks instead of stakes c...

In Gear Lists » "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
August 14, 3:02pm

Bivies and fire
"Andy, I know you've posted that you like making fires in winter. I've heard that those military goretex bivies shed light sparks pretty easily, so that's a plus." Good to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Some questions about winter camping in the Sierras.
August 14, 7:52am

Re: Some questions about winter camping in the Sierras.
I've done plenty of winter in Ohio, West Virginia, and the UP. I've used double wall tents (BA Copper Spur) and floorless shelters (SL3 and inner-less Scarp 2). This year, the simplicity of...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Some questions about winter camping in the Sierras.
August 13, 11:51am

Re: sil nylon tarp as a bivy question.
Grandma Gatewood supposedly did this with a shower curtain while hiking the AT and other long trails. But of course, she used a blanket which wasn't prone to insulation failure due to condensat...

In GEAR » sil nylon tarp as a bivy question.
August 13, 11:35am

Re: Possible Problem with MontBell 800 #5
Your clothing and dryness of clothing could be a factor. It's easy to notice cold spots against bare skin, and the EN-ratings assume a light base layer and hat.

In GEAR » Possible Problem with MontBell 800 #5
August 12, 11:28am

Re: Re: Safe water container
"Some people claim that exposure to aluminum can cause Alzheimer/dementia." I forgot about that. (oh no!)

In GEAR » Time to panic
August 11, 3:58pm

Safe water container
It sounds like even HDPE might leach toxins then, although they're probably the safest plastic option? I have several wide and narrow mouth 1 liter HDPE Nalgene bottles which have held up great...

In GEAR » Time to panic
August 11, 1:46pm

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