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Re: stoves
Hi Frank, Yes, the fuel container does draw heat from the surrounding environment while it is being used. It takes energy to convert the liquid fuel into a gas. That is why on cold days the cani...

In Winter Hiking » Newbie Winter AT Hiking Gear List
December 09, 12:05am

Re: cooking in the cold
Don't wrap the "PowerMax" bottle in closed cell foam. It takes heat to vaporize the liquid in the bottle into a gas that is used by the stove. By wrapping the bottle, you have insul...

In Winter Hiking » Newbie Winter AT Hiking Gear List
December 08, 2:01pm

Re: Drinking chocolate recipe
I am looking forward to making the recipe. I have a suggestion that might make it easier to make and avoiding the boil over problem. Substitute 1 tablespoon of potato starch for the cornstarch...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drinking chocolate recipy
December 07, 11:33pm

Thanks for the fudge recipes!
Sarah, Thanks for sharing the fudge recipes with us. I am going to make a few of them this weekend. I bought 20 of your books for a class that I am teaching to Boy Scout leaders. I know that...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Lazy High Calorie Fudge For Winter
December 07, 10:24am

Ed Viesturs view of UL on Everest
Lightweight backpacking on Everest??? …The tent has to be strong enough to withstand gale force winds yet relatively small both to save weight (five pounds for a two man tent is typical) and t...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » UL 8000meters BOOTS
November 09, 10:21pm

Re: Re: Food, try it, you'll like it.
Great backpacking food. You can also get them in bulk at stores like Whole Earth Foods and Wild Oats Markets. I too have used them for many years.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food, try it, you'll like it.
November 08, 11:39pm

Outdoors and More
Outdoors and More provided great service. I called them Monday morning and MicroPuff arrived this afternoon (wed).

In Gear Deals » Micropuff jackets in Seattle
November 01, 11:46pm

Re: Re: Re: WOW
Daniel, Thanks for the timely information. I called them this morning and are shipping one of the jackets! They were great on the phone. He wanted to know how come some many people were calli...

In Gear Deals » Micropuff jackets in Seattle
October 30, 9:51pm

Did he really have Giardia?
“Trouble hit about three days later. Hiking along, my friend began to complain of stomach pains, which grew worse through the afternoon. Then the illness hit full force, and within hours we were ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sipping the Waters: Techniques for Selecting Untreated Backcountry Water for Drinking
September 21, 12:13am

Aerogel
I have worked with Aerogel a number of times. The real light weight Aerogel has been described as solid smoke. It can be fragile and tough at the same time. I have a small sphere about 1 inch in ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Carbon fibre
March 03, 12:37am

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