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Mitchell Keil
(mitchellkeil) - F

Locale: Deep in the OC
A Better Pillow!! on 05/27/2011 12:24:50 MDT Print View

I can go you one better than ziplock baggies!

BPL used to offer inflatable pillows used by EMTs. About 4 years ago I found a website that offered them in bulk and a bunch of us BPL members bought a box of them and shared them out at cost. They come in a box of 50 for $25 and if partially inflated are supremely comfortable. I kept 5 and I have used one for over 24 nights. They have a flocked cottony surface. I have had to replace the inflator straw several times because I have either lost it or it has bent and leaked air. Simple to replace with any drinking straw. They weigh a hefty .20oz!! I don't use mine uncovered (hence the reason it has lasted so long and isn't a dirt mess). I use the flocked pillow case cover that you ucan get at REI for about $9. Adds a small bit of weight but...

Here is the site:

http://www.quickmedical.com/bed-sheets-pillows.html

The 14 inch size is perfect. The larger 19 inch is just too big and your head rolls around on it.

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
PILLOW (multiple zip-lock baggies) on 05/27/2011 12:38:50 MDT Print View

Reply to Mitchell:

Iv'e used these white inflatable pillow that you recommend. I thought these were pretty good, but I found they were small, and my head would sort of roll off. The only version that worked for me was the DUAL-CHAMBER version, but these are no longer available on the BPL site.

The version (with the multiple zip-lock baggies) is a smidge heavier but (for me anyway) much MORE comfortable!

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: A Better Pillow!! on 05/27/2011 12:39:56 MDT Print View

BPL has them in stock now http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/new_backpacking_gear.html not the dual chambered ones

Edited by annapurna on 05/27/2011 12:41:22 MDT.

Al Nichols
(everready) - F

Locale: Sh!^^% Ohio
I use these....... on 05/27/2011 12:47:42 MDT Print View

http://www.ultralightdesigns.com/products/sleeping/sleeping.html

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: I use these....... on 05/27/2011 20:04:44 MDT Print View

just hoping i don't dream about a Poop-in-a-ziploc pillow tonight

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: "Ultralight Tip of the Week" on 05/28/2011 00:50:19 MDT Print View

LOL @ George

Daniel Paladino
(dtpaladino) - F - MLife

Locale: Northern Rockies
Ziplock Pillows on 05/31/2011 10:32:51 MDT Print View

Tried this out down on the eastside of the Sierras this past week. Great tip! Thanks Mike.

Al Nichols
(everready) - F

Locale: Sh!^^% Ohio
George, I don't get it.......... on 05/31/2011 11:06:59 MDT Print View

"just hoping i don't dream about a Poop-in-a-ziploc pillow tonight"


What????

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
re: George I don't get it. on 05/31/2011 11:26:30 MDT Print View

Al, check out WAG Bags... You might be sorry you asked though! ;)

Edited by AaronMB on 05/31/2011 11:27:26 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Ultralight Tip of the Week on 05/31/2011 15:45:51 MDT Print View

You might want to check out the Kooka Bay inflatable pillow at only 1.3 oz. http://kookabay.com/pillows.html
It's lighter than Mike's!

Daniel Allen
(Dan_Quixote) - F

Locale: below the mountains (AK)
Aqua Mira on 06/02/2011 19:17:57 MDT Print View

This latest tip is awesome! I think it'll save me a lot of time and hassle in my backpacking as I grab water from beaver ponds and streams in the bottom of valleys.

my favorite part: prepare the mixture at the beginning of the day and have only the one bottle to worry about while hiking. Bril!

-Dan

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Katadyn Chlorine Dioxide tabs on 06/02/2011 19:47:16 MDT Print View

Good idea for Aqua Mira users Mike!

I prefer the ease of use and strength of Katadyn chlorine dioxide tabs over Aqua Mira for my hydration bladder.

BTW, if I need faster tablet purification I crush them in my spoon before adding them to the hydration bladder.

For quick purification for my energy drink bike bottle I use a SteriPen Adventurer.

Edited by Danepacker on 06/02/2011 19:50:22 MDT.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Aqua Mira on 06/02/2011 20:55:31 MDT Print View

Pre-mix AM at your own risk.

Related thread.
"The reason that the instructions call for a reaction wait time of 5 minutes is so that the mixture can be added to the water at the peak of ClO2 production. If a person adds the mixture too early or late, the final concentration of ClO2 in the water can be significantly less than the required 4ppm."

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Reply to Michael Ray: on 06/02/2011 21:31:02 MDT Print View

Reply to Michael Ray:
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Yes, I agree, one should use this system with a bit of your own personal insights.

The "MIX" has a time of effectiveness that has a lot of variables. It is my understanding that the YELLOW color is an indication that the MIX is effective. The system of the small MIX bottle has long been used by ultra-light hikers.

The safest way to use this system is to be careful with the MIX (avoid heat and light) and to use the mix soon after creating.

Also - I feel am cautious about the water source. I try to get my drinking water from the cleanest source i can.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Reply to Michael Ray: on 06/03/2011 06:01:29 MDT Print View

"The "MIX" has a time of effectiveness that has a lot of variables. It is my understanding that the YELLOW color is an indication that the MIX is effective. The system of the small MIX bottle has long been used by ultra-light hikers."

Pre-mixing is generally OK. If you have any immunity, a good mix will likely work. To be 99.9% sure, just double the dosage. All of this is pretty good advise. But, some people will take it as gospel and think they are the words of absolute. Not true. Even following the instructions somone will likely get sick...that is the nature of statistics. 99.999% still means that 1 in 100000 will get sick with Gardia or Crypto. And, AquaMira does NOT work that well against tapeworms. It does, but slowly and it only takes one egg, not 6-7 cysts, to aquire the disease.

As with a LOT of UL techniques, it takes a knowledge of what you are doing and the terrain you are doing it in to be safe. From warmth, shelter, walking, water and food...it all requires more from an ultralight camper than the average car camper.

Mike Clelland
(mikeclelland) - MLife

Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
reply to James on 06/04/2011 19:30:24 MDT Print View

James wrote:
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"As with a LOT of UL techniques, it takes a knowledge of what you are doing and the terrain you are doing it in to be safe. From warmth, shelter, walking, water and food...it all requires more from an ultralight camper than the average car camper.

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Mike C's reply:
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Yes - I agree completely. But, that extra knowledge isn't really all *that* much. I feel it takes just a little bit of extra dedication to solve most of the key differences.

This tip on AQUAMIRA was a tricky one for me to write and share in a way that I feel is fair to the user. If you read the text, i am very clear that this change from the directions involves a high level of personal responsibility. I chose my words carefully.

I'll also say it again. I myself (yes me) choose my water sources VERY carefully. And for the most part, I travel and camp in places with VERY clean water. When I can I don't treat my water at all. I feel that this is connected to the way I use aquamira.

I highly recommend that everyone READ the article below:

Sipping the Waters: Techniques for Selecting Untreated Backcountry Water for Drinking
by Michael von Gortler, MD
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/sipping_water_drinking_untreated_backcountry_water.html

This excellent essay helped me a lot to define when and how I choose my water. I love NOT treating my water at all, and this is a great starting point. In my book I share my own "checklist" of when and how to drink un-treated water. I was inspired by this article by Dr. von Gorter.

Rodney Mruk
(rodney_mruk) - M

Locale: Northeast Oregon
Ultralight Backpacking on 06/05/2011 18:21:13 MDT Print View

Mike,

I just finished reading your ultralight tips book. I must say it is the best how-to book on backpacking I have ever read and I've read most of them. Thank you for your work and your love to share with others.

By the way, I read your book on my Kindle. For 10 ounces I can bring literally hundreds and hundreds of good books on the trail with a battery that lasts 30 days!

Blessings,
Rodney

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: reply to James on 06/06/2011 06:15:11 MDT Print View

"But, that extra knowledge isn't really all *that* much. I feel it takes just a little bit of extra dedication to solve most of the key differences."
Ha, ha...of course. I agree it isn't *that* much. You really enjoy being out there, striving to keep things light and still be comfy, as do I. You are really interested in all that stuff. You even wrote a book (and a good one I will add) on the subject. I tend to think you might be minimizing the effect your book will have on so many other campers, that is to say on lightweight, SUL, XSUL backpackers. As an author, you know that choosing your words can carry a big impact on a reader. You choose your words very well!

I will be bringing your book, Don's book and several others up to the Cedarlands BS Camp this summer. These are for the mostly younger scouts with a thirst for hiking, generally. But, I worry that they may take things a bit too literaly, without thought.

Unfortunatly, or maybe fortunatly, there is very limited access to the internet and phone services for the scouts. While I have read Dr. von Gorter's artical, I do not totally agree with him in spots and he has clearly spent several years hiking at least one area to develope his writing. My concern, to reiterate, is that one of the scouts will pick up on it and decide this is "How to do it" with no real thinking ... something they will have little practice with doing ... both the thinking part and the selection of a good water source.

Anyway, don't let my poor words disrupt your meanings...just keep them coming!

Wesley Witt
(weswitt) - M

Locale: Northwest
Re: Ultralight Tip of the Week on 06/06/2011 08:54:17 MDT Print View

Where did you buy the black mini dropper bottle?

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Re: Ultralight Tip of the Week on 06/06/2011 09:14:02 MDT Print View

You can get them at US Plastics.