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  • Gear Repair

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    I think one side of my fly is silicone coated and one side is PU coated. I haven’t figured out which side is which but I set it up in the back yard and seam sealed it right side up. It seems to have worked this time. Hopefully I’ll have time to test it soon.

  • Packing Time Line

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    Quote from Rasty: “I forgot my tent stakes due to packing while drinking. I left them with my other tent. I made due with string and rocks. ” I think we are more resourceful than we can imagine.

  • Packing Time Line

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    Ha ha Muddy, I can definitely identify with your method!

  • … one reason I’m considering another Copper Spur is because it appears that BA is now making the doors taller. And one reason I’m considering the Tiger Wall Bikepack is because I see more bike packing in my future, the poles are shorter and the tent is designed to attach more easily to a bike frame. When I bikepacked with the Copper Spur, the poles and tent stuck way out which was cumbersome. ETA…apparently there’s a Copper Spur bike packing tent. If you compare the pitch of the copper Spur vs t…

  • I’ve been looking at tents for the past year and can’t seem to pull the trigger. Not needing to be UL and being moderately priced gives you a lot of options. I believe there are great tents in that category. I’ve read good reviews about a tent then look at the weight and it’s 5-6lbs which I can’t do. Anyway, I can’t name any off the top of my head but recently did a search for “sturdy/dependable fabric” or something like that and read good things about MSR and REI. Of course, a lower priced, hea…

  • ALDHA Gathering 2021

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    Did y’all meet up? How was ALDHA?

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    Quote from Astro: “I really enjoy my Tiger Wall UL1. ” It was on my short list. In fact, I decided to buy the Tiger Wall bike pack tent but got cold feet. I’m reading that the fabric is too delicate and the zipper is cheap. Ugh, it’s so hard to make a decision.

  • Gear Repair

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    Quote from LIhikers: “a mixture of silicone sealant and mineral spirits brushed on both sides of a seam might stick and seal it up. ” Both sides…yeah that may work! I read and asked questions and only found 1 person who applied sealant to both sides. I will do it tomorrow, it’ll bring me some peace of mind.

  • Gear Repair

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    I also broke a zipper recently on my Lightheart tent, ugh. Trying to decide between 3 options. Attempt to fix it myself, send it in for repair, or replace the tent. These days, I’m leaving towards wanting a free-standing tent.

  • Gear Repair

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    one more, again you see it best right under the intact tape.

  • Gear Repair

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    It’s very difficult to see what I’m talking about but look closely and you see a clear, uniform strip, especially in the bottom picture (the top of the pic shows the intact tape, right below it you can see a shadow of what I’m talking about.)

  • Gear Repair

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    A lot of my gear is wearing out at the same time which is frustrating. My campground tent is a Big Agnes Copper Spur that I bought in 2011. At that time, the fabric used was ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a waterproof polyurethane coating. According to the research, this type of fabric is very difficult and near impossible to re-water proof. My problem is that some of the seam tape under the rain fly has loosened and was falling off. The tent is at the end of it’s life but I rea…

  • Packing Time Line

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    Quote from odd man out: “I try to pack very light so there isn't much to gather. I'm most paranoid about food. I have a reoccurring nightmare that I am out backpacking and find I forgot to pack any food. ” I start thinking about food and prepping meals early. Food takes the longest for me to figure out.

  • Hiking Plans 2022

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    New Zealand. Just because that’s where I want to go and think it’d be amazing. But all those sound incredible.

  • Packing Time Line

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    I’m not proud of it but I’m the type of person who often packs the night before a hike. I also don’t use a packing list…just go by what’s in my head which often leads to things being forgotten. It’s never been an issue, I always adapt and make do. But I’m trying to be more organized and started packing today for next week’s trip. Then I started worrying about my down bag being compressed for the next week so I started unpacking. What’s your packing timeline? How early do you start packing and pl…

  • Ask a Chef

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    What about roasted chickpeas? I’ve never made them and wonder if that is a good compromise…they’re already cooked but some moisture gets eliminated in the oven.

  • What's for dinner?

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    Quote from odd man out: “Yes, I did not save any of the good first batch to innoculate the failed second batch. Then I gave up. We have several Asian grocery stores (Indian, Chinese, Korean) where you can buy spices, dozens of different types of curry powders, hot pepper flakes, etc... by the kg for about the same price they sell the little tiny jars at the supermarket. Rediculously cheap. ” I love shopping at the Asian market. I always have to use my phone to figure out what I’m looking at. I’m…

  • Corona Virus and the Trail

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    Quote from odd man out: “I can do it. I choose not to ” Lol! I only do it in the privacy of my living room. (For me, being physically active as I age means keeping it interesting, fun, and fresh. I don’t do well with doing the same things over and over. It gets boring and I lose interest. And who cares anyway? I’m too old to worry about what people think.)

  • Day Tripping

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    That looks fun! And cold.

  • What's for dinner?

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    Quote from odd man out: “I made kimchi twice. Once it fermented perfectly. Once not. ” I think you gave me the idea to use some of the culture from my previous batch (?) so that’s what I do with all my ferments now. I save some of the juice and use it when I make new batches of stuff. This last kimchi turned out hotter than I intended but it’s still really good. I made a lot of it so it’ll last until next summer.