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Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Baking soda to dry up my sticky colgate dots on 09/27/2011 02:07:22 MDT Print View

I've read a bit of baking soda as a "dusting" works well to mitigate the dot's stickin' together :D

Edited by tacedeous on 09/27/2011 16:05:59 MDT.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Speed, distance and time on 10/13/2011 17:46:50 MDT Print View

Good tip. I enjoy keeping track of my mileage, pace and time. It is interesting to consider the relationships of speed, time and distance.


speed table

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Right ON! on 10/13/2011 17:48:09 MDT Print View

George - My main MAN!

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
"Ultralight Tip of the Week" Milage on 10/19/2011 13:55:35 MDT Print View

Great tip Mike. This jives almost exactly with our hikes.
About 2.5mi/hr generally. Climbing steep grades is closer to one, downhill is closer to 3 and a bit. Thanks for the confirmation!

Hamish McHamish
(El_Canyon) - M

Locale: USA
tarp direction on 10/25/2011 12:50:13 MDT Print View

Why does Mike advise aligning the tarp ridgeline with the wind, while Ray J. says to pitch the tarp broadside to the wind? Maybe by "wind" Mike means gentle breezes that provide ventilation, not strong cold WIND...?

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: The sweet stench of nature on 10/25/2011 17:12:41 MDT Print View

"What the....?

You mean, you guys don't shave your hariy parts before heading out?"

I don't have any left. :(

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: Swiss Alps / Southern Appalachians
Ultralight Tip of the Week on 11/02/2011 01:41:48 MDT Print View

Mike C! Thanks for making the book available in Kindle format. I just got it! Thoroughly enjoyed the reading while travelling this past weekend.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Tip # 108: Waterproofing the Gear on 11/02/2011 14:33:22 MDT Print View

+1 on the trash compactor bag. It is also a great way to keep your clothing dry and organized in your shelter, or to waterproof everything while camped by putting your *dry* pack inside the trash compactor bag overnight. No dew or rain-soaked pack to put on at sunrise {{{{{{shudder}}}}}}}

victoria maki
(crazyhikerlady) - F

Locale: Northern Minnesota
re:Ultralight tip of the week on 11/03/2011 05:09:08 MDT Print View

I have a suggestion about how to pack in the morning. How about putting the wet tarp on top of everything, so if it's a nice day you can take the tarp out during a break and dry it out.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: tarp direction on 11/03/2011 07:08:37 MDT Print View

A lot of pitching a tarp has to do with wind direction and the way the ground slants. Within these two constraints, is how I pitch my tarp.

Anyway, I suspect that using a RayWay tarp (A-Frame), it would be best as shelter against a side wind. Here is the address to Jardine's web site: http://www.rayjardine.com/ray-way/Tarp-Kit/index.htm
Note that his ridge line is set up level, or close to it. This means that set up with the wind at your feet, it will blow through with no effect on the wind...well, he does use beaks to compensate. His tarp is also wider with little space against the ground.

Mike uses a tapered pitch...About "belly" height down to a "few inches above knee height" at the tail. It will deflect more wind and still provide protection. But with a smaller tarp, his sides are more open, hence his recommendation, at a guess. It is smaller and lighter, but more finicky about setups... Typical of UL gear.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Super-Spackle on 11/09/2011 05:39:57 MST Print View

Mmmm -- looks highly yummy. One could use a pastry bag to mix and then shoot it in to a platty.

Eddy Walker
(Ewker) - M

Locale: southeast
Re: Super-Spackle on 11/09/2011 10:52:52 MST Print View

I like Joe's Moose Goo but this is something different. I know with the Moose Goo it is hard to squeeze when the temps get below 40°. I wonder if this super spackle is the same way

Edited by Ewker on 11/09/2011 10:53:28 MST.

Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes)

Locale: Midwest
RE: Clelland's Super Spackle on 11/09/2011 13:33:05 MST Print View

I whipped up a batch of this and wow, it's delicious!

I ended up using the entire 11 ounce containers of the almond and cashew butter which measures out to just over a cup each. The recipe ends up making ~28.7 ounces of Spackle and averages 153 calories/ounce (Fats=12.9 gram/oz, Carbs=8.3 grams/oz, Protein=3.8 grams/oz).

What I ended up with was too thick to pour into a platypus but as Mike says, you can thin it out with more almond oil. I ended up repacking it into 7 snack-size ziplock bags containing 4 ounces each. I'll work out the storage container later. I ate the residual on Ritz crackers, yum...

I tossed a pack in the freezer to see what happens to it (i.e. is it a winter food candidate?)

My grocery receipt totaled $32, so this batch cost me $1.10 per ounce. However, I have enough agave nectar, almond oil, and extracts to make a few more batches.

Trevor Conrey
(thevor) - MLife
Super-Spackle below 40 on 11/09/2011 14:56:13 MST Print View

All my experience with various homemade "energy gels, pastes, etc" is that they all tend to slow down when it starts to get chilly. Nothing like tilting a gel flask upside down and slowly watching your goop trickle down for 45+ seconds before reaching your mouth to let ya know that a) it's probably a little chilly or b) maybe you should have made it a little thinner or maybe a combo of both. In the end it still all works and you can always pre-warm under an armpit, in warm water while melting snow, etc.

Brian, I'll be interested to hear how the super-spackle fares in the freezer.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Super-Spackle on 11/10/2011 08:58:39 MST Print View

How about using it in Coghlan's squeeze tubes?

http://www.coghlans.com/products/squeeze-tubes-7605a

David Smith
(flatfoot)
I use a spoon. on 11/10/2011 09:44:15 MST Print View

Wow! Can't wait to try this! This is surely a huge improvement over my plain ol honey and peanut butter mix. I've never put it in a squeeze tube. In the winter, its convenient just to put it in a lightweight throwaway container with a screw on lid and just use a spoon.

Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes)

Locale: Midwest
RE: Squeeze tubes on 11/10/2011 10:28:20 MST Print View

Dale - Good idea regarding the squeeze tubes.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: RE: Squeeze tubes on 11/10/2011 14:55:28 MST Print View

We've carried peanut butter and jam in them for decades (not the same peanut butter and jam). I don't trust them and always put them in a ziplock, although I've never had a problem. My wife's hiking favorite is PNB&J on a Sailor Boy pilot bread cracker. Or you squeeze a little PNB in your mouth, followed by jam, and then a bite of bagel or whatever. Shades of Animal House! http://www.hulu.com/watch/26014/animal-house-im-a-zit

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Squeeze Tubes on 11/11/2011 08:55:57 MST Print View

I've used the squeeze tubes as well and also put them in their own quart-ziploc for safety's sake. The only problem I've ever had was with the plastic "tube closer" piece cracking.

FYI - Campmor sells just those pieces so if you ever lose one or it cracks you can buy replacements.

I've migrated to individual serving packets (I get my PB&J from PackIt Gourmet) because it makes it easier to distribute the weight and the packaging weighs less when empty. There's also nothing to clean up when you get home...

Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes)

Locale: Midwest
RE: Clelland's Super Spackle - Freezer test on 11/11/2011 20:19:11 MST Print View

So the super spackle spent two nights in the freezer and it does indeed freeze solid but I'm able to snap off chunks of it with easy and they quickly melt when eaten. At the consistency I made it (think peanut butter thickness) there is no way it would be delivered via a squeeze tube when temps are frigid.

Edited by brianjbarnes on 11/11/2011 20:21:49 MST.