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  • jimmyjam -

    Replied to the thread Sleeping Bag.

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    I've tried the foam pad on top and under my inflatable, and for me it's definitely warmer and feels better with the foam pad on top. However sometimes I bring the foam along in the summer and I'll put it under the inflatable because it will keep it from…
  • LIhikers -

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from Astro: “I believe Paul in Coach Lou's post is the male side of LIHikers. :) ” Yep, and I wish my Western Mountaineering Puma had only been $600.I've never been cold in the thing, not even in…
  • max.patch -

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from max.patch: “10 years ago this week my next wife released the most awarded album in country music history. ” Gotta admit she is better at music than picking election winners. :D ” she's only 28 -- give her a few years --…
  • Astro -

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    Quote from max.patch: “10 years ago this week my next wife released the most awarded album in country music history. youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=ptSjNWnzpjg ” Gotta admit she is better at music than picking election winners. :D
  • Astro -

    Liked CoachLou’s post in the thread Sleeping Bag.

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Double ‘Oh my’. Like, seriously. $600? Jesus, I’m having palpitations. I think it’s time to review my latest bourbon choice...Hillbilly Bourbon. I needed it tonight. ” My Puma is 14!!!!!!!!!!!! I use it at least…
  • Astro -

    Replied to the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    Quote from max.patch: “youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Tcz3VTe_9Xk ” I guess different strokes for different folks, but I like some meat on my pizza. I would consider trying a salad pizza, but personally feel a cheese pizza is the biggest waste ever.…
  • max.patch -

    Replied to the thread Country.

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    10 years ago this week my next wife released the most awarded album in country music history. youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=ptSjNWnzpjg
  • CoachLou -

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from CoachLou: “I got it cheap with a strange coffin shaped pad, from a hunter who never used it. The pad has to weigh 2 lbs. and it rolls up to the size and shape of a violin case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” My Roxy Ann…
  • CoachLou -

    Liked Traffic Jam’s post in the thread Sleeping Bag.

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    Quote from CoachLou: “I got it cheap with a strange coffin shaped pad, from a hunter who never used it. The pad has to weigh 2 lbs. and it rolls up to the size and shape of a violin case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” My Roxy Ann will still be a favorite…

News

  • New

    I’m in the market for a cold-weather bag...Southeast cold. I want a down bag able to tolerate humidity.

    Realistically, the coldest I’d probably camp is 12-15* but need to be prepared to go down to 0-5*, just in case my planning sucks, which is usually the case. :)

    I’ve read that the recommendation is to get a bag 15-20* colder than what you need. Plus I’m a ‘cold sleeper’.

    I’m looking at a Western Mountaineering Apache, 15* with 2oz of overfill which supposedly adds 8-10* to the bag. A Feathered Friends Petrel 10^, and a Western Mountaineering Antelope 5* with 2 oz of overfill,

    I’m 5’1/2”. The Apache comes in a 5’6” size. The Petrel 10 small is 5’3”, and the Antelope is 5’6” but is wider/more girth.

    I’ve also read that the more extra space, the colder the bag,

    So far, the Apache with overfill is in the lead, followed by the Petrel, then the Antelope,

    Or should I go for the warmest bag on the list, the Antelope with overfill ? Ugh! I hate decisions.


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  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

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  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…