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All Forum Posts by Douglas Frick

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Re: insect repellent - oil of lemon eucalyptus
All I can say is that it worked, didn't smell bad and didn't eat my synthetic gear. I used it in Hawaii with a lot of mosquitos, but that isn't really a nasty bug environment. I'm d...

In GEAR » insect repellent - oil of lemon eucalyptus
May 14, 4:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: jacksrbetter.com sale
>using my new Hennessey for the first time >ll start with the hammock + CCF Most any CCF pad (I'm partial to the Gossamer Gear ThinLight in Wide or Wide/Long) will get you through t...

In Gear Deals » jacksrbetter.com sale
May 13, 4:16pm

Re: Unna 2R tent comparison
Thanks for the comparison, Scott. I'm still trying to decide between the Nallo 3 and the Stephenson's 3R or 3X. I could save a half-pound with the 3X over the 3R, but your comments about th...

In GEAR » Unna 2R tent comparison
May 13, 3:38pm

Re: Synthetic puffy vest
Are you looking for an insulation layer to wear while winter hiking, or something to add for rest stops/camp/sleeping? Assuming the latter, Patagonia's Micropuff is available in a pullover and ...

In GEAR » Synthetic puffy vest
May 13, 8:20am

Re: Help with gear selection for AT sb thru
I'll respond with a few comments, but there are people here way more qualified to recommend gear for an AT thru-hike so take my recommendations with a grain of salt. YMMV. Tarptent Squall: ...

In GEAR » Help with gear selection for AT sb thru
May 12, 2:38pm

Re: Boiling a quart
>Wish I had some data on that time . . . My standard meal prep is to boil a quarter of water, and I've never had a problem doing so with my alcohol stoves up to 11,000 ft (haven't t...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Users, Need Your Help
May 11, 10:52am

Re: Buoyant sleeping systems?
>could also serve as temporary floatation devices. Why only temporary? You can float and fish in luxury in your snug warm boat. Page 9 of the Stephenson's Warmlite catalog has two photo...

In GEAR » Buoyant sleeping systems?
May 11, 7:58am

Re: Re: Re: Methods for Mapping - On Trail and Off
>Do you have a state specific Nat'l Geo or is there a general one, I have looked around a bunch but haven't found an all encompassing one. Does ~$100 sound right? I use the state ve...

In Philosophy & Technique » Methods for Mapping - On Trail and Off
May 10, 11:14pm

Re: Re: Transition to a lighter pack
>I just ordered a Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus, because for me, weight was more of a consideration. I wrote about the LuxuryLite because it is a lightweight pack that would be similar to th...

In GEAR » Transition to a lighter pack
May 10, 10:40pm

Re: Mariposa Plus for 22 lb?
>How well does this pack handle between 20 and 22 lb? Quite well. I carried a 24-pound (total weight) Mariposa Plus on the Wonderland Trail (93 miles) and it rode fine. I used the GossamerG...

In GEAR » Mariposa Plus
May 10, 10:22pm

All Reader Reviews by Douglas Frick

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Petzl Zipka
I have the original 3-LED Zipka (1.9 oz with Lithium batteries). It is my regular headlamp (when there's little likelihood of hiking at night) and I always carry it with me on day hikes. It isn...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 07, 1:54pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
I grabbed a bunch of random non-Cliff bars at REI before a recent trip. A few of them were wretched, some just indifferent, and a few I thought would be worthwhile to remember for next time. And then ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 13, 1:03pm

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
The good points are: fast, fuel-efficient, easy, simple, and reliable boiling water. You can hold it in your hand while you boil water, if finding a place to set up a hot stove is a problem in your en...

In Stoves - Canister
January 06, 10:55am

BackpackingLight.com Premium Membership
I read all of the free articles, and after looking at the abstracts of the Premium articles, I immediately bought a membership. That was well worth it right there. I've also more than saved the price ...

In Books and Media
December 26, 10:01pm

Hiking Light Handbook by Karen Berger
This is a great intro to lightweight backpacking. She covers all of the major gear areas in an uncomplicated fashion, giving overviews of what, why and how to lighten up. The book includes strategies,...

In Books and Media
December 26, 9:56pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
I refer to it as my "ugly hat," but it's the one I always grab when it's sunny. I wear this hat in Hawaii, where hiking is hot and steamy. I just tighten the headband a bit (easily and securely adjust...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
December 23, 9:16pm

Brunton Helios "Stormproof" lighter
I don't have a Brunton Helios lighter, but unfortunately there isn't a way to comment without giving a rating. I do, however, have six butane 'windproof' lighters/torches: a Brunton Firelight, a Solo ...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 23, 8:27pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
This is a thick book with a lot of useful information. I found it inspiring, with a fairly well-balanced idea of hiking and camping with light gear. I've bought copies for friends, with the simple adm...

In Books and Media
November 25, 2:17pm

Superfeet Performance Green
I have flat feet after wearing rubber slippers in Hawaii for 15 years. When I got back into hiking I found I could only pack for a mile or two before my feet started screaming. Superfeet solved that p...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 25, 1:47pm