Park City & The Wasatch Mountains, Utah
Arthur - sorry to say, but that Camp Chef bulk adapter does not fit the Primus stove.
Does BC.com sell a bulk adapter that works with this stove?
Kip using Venoms in Antarctica.
Biking on the dusty, rough, White Rim trail outside of Moab - a perfect place for a rugged camera.
No - at least the WG-2 couldn't.
I use a Voile strap virtually every single time I go out skiing and often have 2-3 of them stashed in my pack and/or pockets. They obviously work well for keeping skis together, but also can be used for attaching blown skins to skis, emergency repairs, first aid splinting, and a million other uses.
Using a Voile strap on the first ascent/descent of Victoria Peak in Antarctica.
I've replaced two single zip together sleeping bags with one MegaLamina for car camping and have been very happy with it. The Mega gets a lot of its warmth from two bodies, which in the case of two zip together bags, you are only getting part of as they usually only zip together 1/2 or 3/4 of the way. This means your feet are constricted and the bags are kind of uncomfortable, which is not the case with the Mega. For plush, over the top comfort, get a Coleman inflatable mattress (and of course 12v pump) from WalMart and you'll be sleeping better than at home.
A word of caution with this bag is that it can be pretty cold if you use it solo, or, just in general. I'm not sure where MFG'ers come up with their bag ratings, but we used this bag in 35ish degree weather and had to sleep with all of our clothes on, as well as an extra blanket on top. But, for warm summer camping, it is ideal.
Hi Klamostsky - I've used this bag (the MHW MegaLamina) in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming and think it is great. Double bags are indeed a bit tricky as you are getting a lot of your warmth/heat from the other person, so the standard rules don't really apply. I replaced two zip together bags with one Mega and have been happy with it as it is more comfortable. That said, if you sleep solo in a double bag, it is going to be cold, or least that has been my experience.
We took one of these to the City of Rocks in Idaho and were able to use it on four different kids, ranging from age 3 to 7 years old. It is a bit fumbly at first to figure out how it goes on, but once you do it a few times, it becomes very easy and has a wide range of adjustment.
One good/great thing about this harness is that it keeps the kids in an upright position when they fall or hang as the tie-in point is higher than a regular harness. This is nice as you never know what kids are going to do, and once they are 10' above you, it is hard to do anything about it!
Another big plus is the color and pattern.
Mira climbing at the City of Rocks.
I don't actually own the WG-3, but have owned the WG-1 and now own the WG-2. Overall I'm pretty happy with them, although I must admit they don't take the greatest photos. But, you can drag them all over the place, including through the rain, mud, water and snow and they still fire. They are also kid-proof, which is a nice feature.
Like many electronics, the WG series is packed with such an overload of features that it would take a lifetime to figure them all out. Not that this really matters, but it does come into play when you set the camera to "Auto" mode as it cycles through all sorts of things (party? fireworks? action? snow?) before taking the shot, which makes for some very slow shutter time. This can be fixed with setting it to "manual."
The WG series seems to do well with medium focus photos with lots of color, but not so great with snow. However, the photos can be easily fixed/adjusted with a program like LightRoom.
Overall, I'd recommend this as a good adventure documenting camera, but not a great camera camera.
Mira in her MadRocks
I first saw one of these used on an eight-day ultralight trip and was sure it was going to pop. Much to my surprise, it was actually my beefier, bulkier ThermaRest pad which got multiple holes in it as it was so bulky I had to carry it on the outside of my pack and it got dinged in the trees and rocks. One of the hidden advantages of these pads is that they are so small and compact that you can easily carry them INSIDE your pack, which protects them from getting punctured.
That said, they are pretty fragile, so you have to be careful about setting them up in sharp terrain. I like to pad mine with an empty backpack or some clothing. But, if they do puncture, they are very easy to repair.
I like the flavor and texture of all of the Mountain House offerings, but their "Pro Pack" option is what really separates them from the rest. It is the same food and ingredients as the other offerings, but the Pro Pack versions have the packaging vacuum packed, which creates a much tighter, smaller unit, which in turn makes packing them much easier.
On regular freeze dried foods, the packaging often expands (especially at higher altitudes), which makes them really bulky. I fix this by piercing the packaging, squeezing the air out and then taping over the hole, but then it shortens your shelf life if you don't eat them right away. But, with the Pro Packs, you never have this problem
Using a Fairshare mug for the first time is like having a revelation - you'll never go back to anything else. They are deceivingly large, which is where they get their name (you'll have to read the hangtag to get the whole story) and they have a nice secure screw top. As others have mentioned, the top is not 100% leakproof, but it is close enough for me. The advantage of this is that you can lock in heat or carry other items in the mug.
I've added a blue foam & duct tape insulating layer to the outside, which helps keep liquids warm.
Two Fairshare mugs on a cook tent stove board.
Noah Howell in the red, sporting a BD Couloir harness.
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