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    Q on "cozys"

    I've just made my first cozys from reflectix-like material from an old car sunshade. Old enough that the mylar was separating from the bubble wrap on a lot of it. Fortunately I had enough of it in...
  2. Fascinating, and sad. Definitely worth the read....

    Fascinating, and sad. Definitely worth the read. This fellow really did leave no trace ... of his identity. My favorite passage:
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    In addition to the good advice above IDK about...

    In addition to the good advice above

    IDK about wet, but pinecones burn well if you can find them where you'll be. Nature's firestarters.

    My experience in wet conditions is that you need a lot...
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    I've had great luck with "Bondex Outdoor Restore"...

    I've had great luck with "Bondex Outdoor Restore" pressure sensitive nylon patches. No longer sold as such where I bought them (2 pk of 8" x 8" sheet). Closest thing I can find current marketed is...
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    Just a follow up - I received my Easton poles...

    Just a follow up - I received my Easton poles from Quest Outfitters today, VERY quickly by the standards of their cautionary timetables. I've already cut them to size (first time using one of those...
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    Quote checks out. :D 46887 BTW, I do...

    Quote checks out. :D

    46887


    BTW, I do like those flip/sport caps that come on some of them. They meter out water well for backcountry handwashing ... much less wasted. I figure, maybe 1...
  7. 3 important components to consider: pad, bag, and...

    3 important components to consider: pad, bag, and sleepwear.

    There is a new insulation measure standards for pads; this article is worth your consideration: ...
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    I thought they were air activated, no?

    I thought they were air activated, no?
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    I love an old-fashioned hot water bottle at my...

    I love an old-fashioned hot water bottle at my feet at home during winter. They stay warm all night, with sufficient blanketage. That said, they take darn near a half gallon and I don't know that...
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    Sounds like the pocket insulated your hand from...

    Sounds like the pocket insulated your hand from the handwarmer! :D

    Not always bad - sometimes those handwarmers can be a little too hot directly on the skin.
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    In my experience, mittens keep fingers warmer...

    In my experience, mittens keep fingers warmer than gloves. Haven't seen any non-motorcycle solution for heating fingers.
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    The wording of your post makes it sound (to me)...

    The wording of your post makes it sound (to me) like the you're saying that the NPS has declined to work with local law enforcement. However, the article at your link suggest the opposite is the...
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    Counter Assault bear spray makes one that can be...

    Counter Assault bear spray makes one that can be attached at your belt or maybe pack as well. In fact, my last can - the 10 ounce - came with it. Now they sell it separately, it appears. My new can...
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    FWIW I had shock cord go slack in an LL Bean...

    FWIW I had shock cord go slack in an LL Bean Microlight 2 within a couple years of purchase (new). Not sure how many years it was since manufacture, though. Poles by Yunan. The tent fly suffered...
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    Because it's paywalled and I'm not an LA Times...

    Because it's paywalled and I'm not an LA Times subscriber.
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    IDK if you're asking me, but I withhold judgment...

    IDK if you're asking me, but I withhold judgment about what actually happened; there's no way for me to know for sure, I would have to rely on information provided by others. My comments related to...
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    A cautionary tale - Hiram Cook points out it may...

    A cautionary tale - Hiram Cook points out it may not be suitable for anything but Sterno


    https://youtu.be/RutNj_DUm5k

    Granted, this is a Trangia, but he has other videos with a couple types...
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    Saying that doesn't add up is putting it mildly! ...

    Saying that doesn't add up is putting it mildly!

    I'd always heard 3 days without water is the typical max. Maybe that's before organ damage starts, not death. In any case, it seems fantastical....
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    I was camping in WNC a few years back and heard a...

    I was camping in WNC a few years back and heard a high-pitched scream. It sounded like someone getting murdered. Thought a ranger later told me it was probably an owl. Now I wonder, how many animals...
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    That's not always the case ... my bear spray is...

    That's not always the case ... my bear spray is 2.00% major capsaicinoids, my pepper spray is 1.33%.

    Heck of a video. Practice your throwing! Ever seen the one where Skurka had thrown a hiking...
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    I've noticed that too with backpacking tents from...

    I've noticed that too with backpacking tents from a number of other brands as well. Going slack seemingly before their time. It may be inevitable with age, but perhaps lower quality elastics were...
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    Unfortunately no on both counts. Of the endcaps...

    Unfortunately no on both counts. Of the endcaps that aren't packed with dirt, it's not possible to see what knot the cord has. You can see the cord a bit. My guess is that when the cord does break...
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    Thanks all! Not sure the hole in the cap is...

    Thanks all!

    Not sure the hole in the cap is bigger than the hole in the pole segment, but there could be a bottleneck in there (like a washer-type thing) that would let an end knot get inside the...
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    Yes! I just noticed - the tip is open-ended, a...

    Yes! I just noticed - the tip is open-ended, a very small hole, currently impacted with dirt from the ground.

    So what does this mean in terms of a method of replacing cordage? Any end knot is on...
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    Only indirectly, via the twisting/pulling force...

    Only indirectly, via the twisting/pulling force they have withstood thus far. But I've not used any mechanical helps yet. You may be right - it could be a very tight friction fit, unlike the fairly...
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