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Sep 26, 2019 at 8:18 pm #3611814
Ah well … I found this:
… Which might honestly be all I need 😏Sep 26, 2019 at 3:18 pm #3611777
Another idea for the Blue Lakes / Mt Sneffels area is to come from the north, per this blog post. I threw together a Hillmap to sketch out a visit to the lakes:
Maybe this is a better approach option for our 2WD vehicle?
Meanwhile a different area I’m looking into is the Uncompaghre Wilderness to the east of Ridgway. I see Courthouse Mountain could make for a shorter / acclimation hike, and a longer trip to Wetterhorn Basin (and/or Peak?) could be a challenging most-of-the-day trip.
Thoughts on this area?
Again, just exposing some of my thinking, seeing if someone has better intel.
If there are other areas within striking distance that I just must check out, please holler!Jan 26, 2019 at 9:16 pm #3575208
Thanks for the suggestions folks — never realized that seam grip / silicone could be used on porous / woven surfaces, but I like the idea of trying to contain it with tape during the cure phase.
I’ll give that a shot 👍Jan 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm #3573988
Make that *thin mesh, not thing 😏Jul 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm #3545540
HydroBlu and Sansa Clip+ have been sold. Sawyer Squeeze Mini still remains!Jul 5, 2018 at 10:38 pm #3545405
Oh also, here are some photos!Jul 5, 2018 at 10:35 pm #3545404
Hi all, just cleaning out the junk drawer and hoping somebody else will get more use out of these than myself …
- Sansa Clip Plus – Black – with 4gb microSD card – SOLD
- Sawyer Squeeze mini filter, with backflush syringe and 16oz bladder – $10
Only used on 2 trips — excellent condition. Probably not much more explanation needed on this one. Really just want to pass it along to somebody who might use it!
- HydroBlu Versa Flow filter, new in box – SOLD
Just FYI if you haven’t seen me on the forums before, I was more active here several years ago, before the site redesign — and have bought / sold here many times without issue. Will accept paypal or another verified form of e-payment, and will send you an email with any tracking information when packages are sent.
Reply here or PM me! Thanks.Dec 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm #3508622
Yeah that’s the spirit, Ty!
Honestly I agree. Also, they are a B Corp! Which, if you’re into fair trade, sustainability, equitable business practices, (and I would bet lots of people on this forum are …) … then that means you should buy from them! :-D
If I needed a new puffy, pants, windshirt, etc., I would probably be burning through this gift card right now. Fortunately I don’t need those things, so I would rather pass the chance on to somebody who does.Dec 20, 2017 at 9:43 pm #3508537
I have a $160 gift card to Cotopaxi, which is leftover from a travel pack that I bought from them, but returned. Just want to get rid of it, while getting a reasonable amount of cash in return. Would you buy it for $140? $130? Make me an offer and I will consider.
First time I posted about this, I listed a number of their products that I think would fit the ultralight scene. Maybe that was a bit spammy. Suffice it to say, they have a nice line of “lifestyle” gear and clothes, but also it appears they have some serious gear that is light or even ultralight. This includes windshirts, puffy layers, some good-looking daypacks, and so on.
So, reply here or PM me if you’re interested.Nov 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm #3502893
If anybody is interested and would like to make an offer, let me know …Nov 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm #3502642
So I got a Cotopaxi travel pack a few months ago, kept it for about 45 days, and decided I didn’t like it. Since it was past the typical return window, I ended up with a gift card instead of a direct refund. So I have $160 on the gift card, and I am selling for $140 in the hopes that somebody will be motivated by that discount!
If you’re not familiar with Cotopaxi, they seem to be a pretty cool company! Committed to sustainability and fair trade practices, similar to Patagonia.
In the hopes of motivating some people who may not otherwise give much thought to Cotopaxi, here are a few pieces from their line that I think would / might fill well into an ultralight gear list:
- 3.7oz windshirt — marked down to $79 from $99 – appears to have a light PU coating, here’s one review although pretty superficial
- 10oz 2.5L WPB jacket – marked down to $100 from $150 (unsure of the specific technology used here, BUT their staff people DO in fact respond to product questions that are submitted on their site)
- 14oz hooded down jacket – $270 – has water resistant 800-fill down and Polartec Alpha in high-moisture spots — also with a 20D shell, so I would bet has a decent amount of down fill, though not as high a proportion as something like a Montbell Superior with 10D shell, but anyway …
- 10oz hoodless down jacket – $260 – with even fancier 950-fill water resistant down – again, if you’re curious I would suggest submitting a question to their customer service about fill weight
ANYWAY … if you’re interested, reply or direct message me. I’ll be taking payment via PayPal as is the norm here, and will give you the GC code immediately thereafter.Oct 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm #3499303
David, thanks for the intel. I think I’ve decided that, as cool as HX pots are, I’m going to stick to conventional pots for the time being. It seems that if I’m trying to eliminate hot spots by using a diffuser, I am actually heading in the opposite direction compared to what HX pots are designed for. And I have no current complaints about fuel efficiency, and finally I might upgrade to a Kovea Spider in the next year for the inverted canister capability — which would be a new set of diameters to keep in mind for HX rings and pot supports. So, all that suggests to me … better stick with conventional stuff for now.
Anyway, overall ….
To that end, I went ahead and picked up one of these hard anodized 3Ls at REI yesterday with a gift card I needed to burn. It’s heavy for backpacking, but will probably be perfect for the kind of car camping that I’ve been doing recently. I would also bet the anodizing is better quality than what I got with my cheapo no-name Chinese HA cookset from Amazon.
For delicate cooking and simmering, I’m going to pair this with one of the following:
Basically I’ll play around with the 1st option to see if it makes a difference. If not, then I’ll make my way through those other two and see what does the trick.
If I ever end up perfecting this cooking method in-camp, then the next step would be implementing something for “real” lightweight backpacking usage — for which that Four Dog titanium plate might be perfect. Thx for the link!Oct 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm #3499256
Alright so … I’m heading back to the drawing board on this. For anybody that still cares, here is the latest that I’m thinking about …
- As I’ve been using my cheapo hard anodized cookset and had repeated episodes of burning eggs and hash browns, I thought the answer would be getting a decent nonstick pot or pan. That gets us to the start of this post.
- Upon further review, it seems like I might be trying to solve the wrong problem. It’s possible that <span style=”color: #993300;”>the issue is NOT that the HA coating is too sticky, but instead that the metal of the pot is just too thin, and therefore I’m getting hot spots, which leads to burning</span>. (reminder, I’m using an FMS-117, which is an adjustable remote canister stove, usually turned all the way down)
- If that’s the case, then switching to a nonstick-coated pot will NOT help me because I’ll still be stuck with hot spots. In fact this might be even worse, because I won’t be able to scrub the pot as fiercely to clean it, due to the coating.
- So to truly avoid hot spots, I need a thicker-walled pot. Maybe I’ll use my Lodge cast iron for this trip. Another option would be to approximate the effects of thick walls by using a mesh aluminum diffuser or a metal plate diffuser. Or, apparently I can use a steel paint tin lid. Ha!
- ^^ Upon further review, it turns out this forum has dozens of threads involving a heat diffuser. I think I’m on the right track. And, I need to use more oil.
Any thoughts on the above?
One more question: for hard anodized cookware, are people using some cleaning solution that is harsher than a sponge or plastic scraper? I’ve been using metal utensils to cook in it without any issue, but I am unclear whether HA can stand up to e.g. metal scrapers or steel wool, to clean off stuff that’s burnt on.Oct 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm #3499244
Good point … I hadn’t thought about the stove needing to sit up into the cavity created by the HX ring. I wonder if the dimensions there are going to be a problem for my Fire Maple 117 / Olicamp Xcelerator (which I believe is smaller than the Spider).
But in that regard, I would thing that the Terra Xpress and the ETA pots would have similar problems.
I guess I’ll see! Amazon should have it to me shortly.Oct 29, 2017 at 3:03 am #3499187
Similar to the ETA pots, Optimus has their Terra lineup. Looks like they’ve got a newer model that is ~1.75L (just barely big enough for my purposes), has a modern-style HX ring with protector, and a non-stick interior. Best part is, it’s about 30 bucks.
Has anybody seen one of these up close, or better yet, used it?Oct 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm #3499107
Yeah, the MSR and Primus ETA pots look like just what I need. The Fry Bake stuff looks great too!
All of these are little more spendy than I was hoping, for such a simple item of gear. However, I have to concede that probably any of these is worth the investment of $50 – $75 and probably will last a long time. Was just hoping there was something cheaper and simpler out there :-)Jun 25, 2017 at 8:51 am #3475304
Sold! Thanks.Jun 16, 2017 at 10:46 pm #3473746
Reducing price to $150 shipped to CONUS.Jun 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm #3472817
Found the old MLD product info page from 2013. This should be good for full details, pictures, etc:Jun 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm #3472805
Sending PM …May 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm #3469071
Nice write-up, Luke! Glad you got to experience the Outer Mountain Loop. Thanksgiving is a nice time for it, though I’ve had better luck being a little further away from the winter solstice so there’s more daylight to take advantage of (but obviously, not so far that it’s summertime).
Both times I’ve done the OML I’ve been lucky enough to be in the park (or real close) in order to get a nice early start and spend the entire full day hiking. That usually has put me down at the junction with the Dodson Trail for the first night’s camp, or even slightly past it. I’m sure you know this, but if you had been able to get an earlier start on Day 1, then you probably would have been able to enjoy Day 2 a little more (wouldn’t have had to hike so far / sweat so hard / drink so much).
I hope you’ve also gotten a chance to see the South Rim (perhaps on some other trip to Big Bend). IMHO it is the best view in the whole park, and perhaps one of the best in the whole region. If you get a head start on Day 1 of the OML, then it’s easy to camp on the South Rim at the end of Day 3, and then have an easy hike back down to the Basin on the morning of Day 4.
Anyway, I’m just tooting my own horn, but glad you got to check out this classic route.Jan 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm #3445305
SOLD. Thanks!Jan 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm #3445288
Out of what’s available on the REI site, it’s probably most similar to the medium size Thermarest pillow:Jan 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm #3445287
Nate, I don’t believe this one is still made or listed by REI. The closest thing I could find is this:
However as you’ll see from the photo in the OP, this pillow of mine is rectangular, not half-crescent or whatever. Also the current version is listed at 6oz, but mine is 10oz.
Hope that helps.Jan 14, 2017 at 9:36 am #3445080
BUMP — any interested parties?
- Sansa Clip Plus – Black – with 4gb microSD card – SOLD