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re: Rodents attack tent!
I've found that rubbing smooth (not crunchy) salt-free peanut butter onto my tarp cordage not only facilitates easy movement of the cord through the tighteners, it also allows me to see a varie...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rodents attack tent!
July 10, 4:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Sawyer Clogged - Gravity Solution
Not my innovation or filter! I just thought it was a clever way to create an instant gravity filter. A sort of McGuyver fix with natural materials. Yes, with the rock, there was sufficient flow to ...

In GEAR » Sawyer Clogged - Gravity Solution
July 10, 4:06pm

Sawyer Clogged - Gravity Solution
A friend was hiking in the southern Sierras last week, when his Sawyer filter (regular, not mini) finally clogged up. He hadn't brought the syringe, but came up with a creative solution - and t...

In GEAR » Sawyer Clogged - Gravity Solution
July 10, 1:27pm

Pat's Backcountry Non-Carbonated Beer
I haven't actually tried this while hiking yet - the carbonator bottle seems a mite heavy just to make bubbles - but the beers taste good, very much like real beer. I have tried the carbona...

In GEAR » Pat's Backcountry Beer...
July 03, 4:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Campsite Rage Cure?
Skunk scent

In Philosophy & Technique » Campsite Rage Cure?
June 28, 10:35am

Making and Using Jerky
You can easily make your own jerky, using an oven, a dehydrator or an electric smoker. Most folks put a ton of salt in it, and the commercial jerky has who knows what in it, but simply drying thin ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » dehydrating meat for resupply buckets?
June 18, 7:58pm

Re: Re: Long sleeve hiking shirts
Richard said, "+1 on the Railriders Madison River shirt. That's my go to shirt when I need sun protection in the High Sierra. 100% agree and for the same reason. Blocks the burn, good...

In GEAR » Long sleeve hiking shirts
June 17, 11:49am

Re: Re: Re: Moving along...
Mike, I'm solidly with Jen and the others who think the MRIs can be a real deception. Not that you don't have a bulging disc, (I do too), but that it is meaningful as a cause of your pain. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Encouragement Needed
June 12, 12:21pm

I prefer the Steripen. It's quick, light, and handles viruses as well the other nasties. If I lived where most water was mucky, I might feel differently, but in the Sierras, Transverse and Peni...

In GEAR » Steripen vs Light Sawyer filter... Which do you prefer?
June 10, 9:31am

Railriders Eco Mesh
I really like RailRiders Eco Mesh pants. They come in the 30" length (which I wear), and do not have a cargo pocket. They are not convertible, but have a zip open/closed outside leg seam backe...

In GEAR » Suggestions for new hiking pants?
June 09, 11:07am

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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SmarTube Drinking System for Bottles
Since having a hydration bladder spring a leak inside my pack, I have avoided all such bladders. I stuck to simple water bottles until a couple of years ago when I ran across the SmarTube - a drinking...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
May 13, 1:33pm

ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am