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DIY Down Vest

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Drybones

Pinned welcome to the cafe

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Drybones

DIY Down Skirt

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Bo Peep

whats the weather where you are?

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max.patch

Remember Skylab? the Chinese Tiangong1 is coming down in March-April.

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Jake Ace

Being Safe on the AT - Weapon Safety

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Dan76

American Indians did what? Roasted Parched Maize.

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Dan76

How do you feel about scattering of ashes on the AT?

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Wise Old Owl

Hiking & Biking

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Astro

General Stove Thread

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Wise Old Owl

MLK VI 2018

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Jake Ace

9/11/01

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AnotherKevin

Other Hobbies and Interests

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Astro

the football thread

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Jake Ace

The Cumberland Trail

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Jake Ace

Bivys

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Time Zone

Northface Thermoball Jacket

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Jake Ace

And In Other News

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odd man out

Beer

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Dan76

Hunting

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  • Drybones -

    Replied to the thread DIY Down Vest.

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    Quote from Jake Ace: “We ” Is that you Latrine?
  • Drybones -

    Replied to the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    So much to do, so little time!
  • jimmyjam -

    Liked Bo Peep’s post in the thread DIY Down Vest.

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    Bias tape was used to edge arm holes and neck. Turned out pretty good. The one on the left (right arm hole), is much better but I’m not redoing the other one. Waiting for the roads to improve before venturing out to buy a zipper.
  • Bo Peep -

    Replied to the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    Quote from Jake Ace: “my take, if ya wanna spend your life walking all the time in the woods, go for it, me, I got other things I’d rather be doing. Pretty simple really. I really don’t get why folks put so much pressure on themselves...it’s just…
  • Bo Peep -

    Liked Jake Ace’s post in the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    my take, if ya wanna spend your life walking all the time in the woods, go for it, me, I got other things I’d rather be doing. Pretty simple really. I really don’t get why folks put so much pressure on themselves...it’s just walking, when you’re…
  • Bo Peep -

    Liked Astro’s post in the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    Quote from Bo Peep: “I read a little bit of Warren Doyle’s stuff today. (I did not sew ALL day). We talk about thru-hiking as a vacation but what he says makes sense...about it being a job and an education. I really like his Thirteen Statements of…
  • Bo Peep -

    Replied to the thread DIY Down Vest.

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    Bias tape was used to edge arm holes and neck. Turned out pretty good. The one on the left (right arm hole), is much better but I’m not redoing the other one. Waiting for the roads to improve before venturing out to buy a zipper.
  • Bo Peep -

    Liked Time Zone’s post in the thread DIY Down Vest.

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    Quote from Bo Peep: “The color is burgundy, not pink. ” The color looks a bit different in the photos compared to in-person. Perhaps the flash over-exposed it, making it more pink? [official color = ruby]. In one of them (the one with the pattern…
  • Bo Peep -

    Replied to the thread DIY Down Skirt.

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    Quote from Jake Ace: “Quote from LIhikers: “I don't get it ?( Why make a down skirt, I mean it's completely open on the bottom, allowing cold air to circulate up and in. ” I never really understood it either, must a be a girl thing, but they must be…
  • Bo Peep -

    Liked jimmyjam’s post in the thread DIY Down Skirt.

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    Quote from Drybones: “Quote from Bo Peep: “It’s done! The waist is cinched with grosgrain ribbon and cord locs. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…42e7f3cd7ce2aed56596126fb ” You should have JJ model that for us. ” Haha! No I'm not a kilt guy. Maybe…

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    A down vest has occupied my thoughts the past few days.

    Originally, my intention was to make a tracing of my Patagonia down sweater in three parts; two front sections and one back section. The Patagonia down sweater is actually five sections...it has two side panels as well as the front and back.

    It is embarrassing to admit, but here is my dilemma. I pulled the skirt up like a tube top and it made me look like the marshmallow man. The intended use for the vest is not necessarily for the trail but also for everyday life...I want it to look decent as well as be functional.

    Will sewing the baffles into smaller sections reduce the puffiness? Will it also reduce its warmth and functionality? What do y’all think about making side panels in a different material?
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    My skirt was made in a few hours from a Costco, down throw. It was super easy. I didn’t do any research, just winged it, so there’s probably a much better way to make one but this worked for me.

    Since I doubt anyone in the Cafe will make one, I won’t bore y’all with details.
  • New

    Native Americans of New England planted corn in household gardens and in more extensive fields adjacent to their villages. Fields were often cleared by controlled burning which enriched not only the soil but the plant and animal communities as well. Slash and burn agriculture also helped create an open forest environment, free of underbrush, which made plant collecting and hunting easier.



    Agricultural fields consisted of small mounds of tilled earth, placed a meter or two apart sometimes in rows and other times randomly placed. Kernels of corn and beans were planted in the raised piles of soil to provide the support of the cornstalk for the bean vine to grow around. The spaces in between the mounds were planted with squash or mellon seeds. The three crops complemented each other both in the field and in their combined nutrition.

    Native Americans discovered that, unlike wild plants and animals, a surplus of maize could be grown and harvested. Tribes in southern New England

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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…