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by pencak
Jul 17 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Batteries
Replies: 30
Views: 1288

Re: Batteries

A quick note on that battery charger setup with the Solio I have. I didn't work as planned on my 9 day Sierra hike. On the 4th day I could only get a half charge on the two AA batteries. This was insufficient to run the GPS for a full day. I think the glitch is in the Rayovac USB charger. It seems t...
by pencak
Jun 26 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Yosemite 76mi Backpack
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Yosemite 76mi Backpack

Joe, Overall it's: Total gain 15,312 Total loss 17,172 Accumulated alt gain -1,860 The first day is all 4,216' gain, the second day is gain 3,505' and 2,196' loss for a total 1,309' acc. gain. 5,524' gain the first two days with a full pack. :o The third and fourth days are only slight acc. gains bu...
by pencak
Jun 23 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Yosemite 76mi Backpack
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Yosemite 76mi Backpack

Latest update. I accurately mapped everything and finalized camp locations and routes. So far here it is: Wawona to Crescent Lake - 9.63 miles (4,200' elevation gain with a full pack load ugg!) Crescent Lake to Ottoway Lake - 13.74 miles Ottoway Lake to Foerster Creek - 12.21 miles Foerster Creek to...
by pencak
Jun 14 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Nalgene bottle weights
Replies: 31
Views: 2325

Re: Nalgene bottle weights

I use the 32oz Nalgene bottle to attach to the filter. It gives a good support when pumping. The main water carrier I have is a 100oz Camelback bladder. A fine weight-to-usefulness ratio. The Gatorade bottle is useful for relieving yourself in the tent in the middle of the night. :D
by pencak
Jun 14 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water filters/purifiers
Replies: 131
Views: 11826

Re: Water filters/purifiers

that giardia has "overtaken" almost all of streams, (or other water sources" is complete BS. Im calling it here, BS.) I would bet that the only real claims you can find, about giardia's overtaking of anything, is brought to you by you guessed it, the water filter company! (or their stockholders) ;)...
by pencak
Jun 12 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water filters/purifiers
Replies: 131
Views: 11826

Re:

the last time I drank unfiltered water, I was sure glad the beavers had built a dam just upstream, giving me a nice clear pool to dip my cup in. The thought of that brought to mind... You then lifted the beaver's tail up and let him squirt a little poop into your cup before you drank it. After all,...
by pencak
Jun 12 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water filters/purifiers
Replies: 131
Views: 11826

Re: Water filters/purifiers

Keeping the water pure is pretty important. If you are hiking in very high country were the steams are all flowing and clear, it's probably not an issue, but in the desert some of the sources are pretty skanky. https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/emergency_supplies/first_need_deluxe_portable_water_p...
by pencak
Jun 12 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Water filters/purifiers
Replies: 131
Views: 11826

Re: Water filters/purifiers

I use my Steripen with rechargeable batteries. No issues to report thus far. I hate that Steripen. Perhaps I got a bad one but it is very unreliable. My kit: MSR MiniWorks EX water filter http://www.rei.com/product/695265 MSR MIOX Water Purifier http://www.rei.com/product/709012 I got the MiniWorks...
by pencak
Jun 12 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Are there viruses in AZ stream water?
Replies: 31
Views: 3721

Re:

My brother in law (a pharmacist) has a theory about water. He thinks that if you drink every kind you can find you become immune to whatever. So.... he does and I have never seen him sick. I think one can be a carrier of bugs even if they do not make you sick so be careful where you poop. :oops: I ...
by pencak
Jun 12 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Hydration & Purification
Topic: Nalgene bottle weights
Replies: 31
Views: 2325

Nalgene bottle weights

In preparing my pack list for my summer trip: :wrt: http://hikearizona.com/mypack.php?ver=3&PID=254 I discovered that those plain white food grade plastic Nalgene bottles weigh FAR LESS than the comparable clear plastic versions. Clear smoked "designer" color plastic 32oz = 6.38 oz Plain white food ...
by pencak
Jun 09 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Batteries
Replies: 30
Views: 1288

Re: Batteries

Pencak: What brand solar charger are you using? Does it have an internal battery? I made the mistake of trying a "cheap" model. It didn't work with my Motorola phone or iPod... Testimonials readily accepted!! It's a large Solio unit. I use the USB female connector on the small cord built into the S...
by pencak
May 28 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Batteries
Replies: 30
Views: 1288

Re: Batteries

I use the rechargeable batteries and they work great.
I've been testing a solar unit
http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=131668
for multi-day trips with my GPS and it seems to be working.
by pencak
May 23 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Shelter, Bags & Camp
Topic: Lite Tent?
Replies: 13
Views: 1515

Re: Lite Tent?

jimmyjam wrote:If you've got access to a sewing machine and have the time you can make your own "Bilgy" tarptent. I made one , 2 lbs and it sleeps two comfortably. I have not had a chance to try it in the SW. If you're interested go to http://www.questoutfitters.com.
This is excellent! Thanks for posting the link.
by pencak
May 07 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Favorite Riparian Hike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1365

Re: Favorite Riparian Hike?

Papayas are good but the only really good ones come from Hawaii. The one's I get in Central America are those big pithy things. Another thing papayas are good for (when they are not completely ripe yet) is to get rid of the sting of a Man-of-War jellyfish. I got stung by one before over 50% of my bo...
by pencak
May 05 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Yosemite NP
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: Yosemite NP

You need to check on trail head reservations if your days of departure are not flexible if you're coming out of Yosemite valley or Tuolumne Meadows. Those are pretty popular places and are probably already totally booked up. However, you could plan something out of Hetch Hetchy or Wawona if trail he...
by pencak
May 05 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Favorite Riparian Hike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1365

Re: Favorite Riparian Hike?

Some people are not allergic to it at all. However, after repeated exposure they can become very sensitive to the stuff. People who are really allergic to it will get a rash just being downwind of it. It doesn't bother me but I started limiting exposure once I heard that you can get an accumulated ...
by pencak
May 05 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Hiking Events
Topic: Dripping Spring Loop Backpack
Replies: 18
Views: 352

Re: Dripping Spring Loop Backpack

Dirt4dinner your plans to go up around Payson might be better. With the temperatures the way they are going you might be hurting for water 10mi in on that Dripping Springs Loop hike. Another thing is that there's a lot of exposed areas on south facing slopes on that Dripping Springs Loop hike, so if...
by pencak
May 03 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so old that I remember....
Replies: 197
Views: 5596

Re: I'm so old that I remember....

When were you there? I was there, without once leaving the island, from Oct. '78 to Sept. '86. Summer of 77 on Oahu (that's when I went to the crater festival then ejected from a school not to be named in Lehui, for pakalolo and "girls in your dorm room" related offenses.) Sold everything I had for...
by pencak
May 03 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so old that I remember....
Replies: 197
Views: 5596

Re: I'm so old that I remember....

El Camino with the manual transmission shifter on the steering column. Listening to Black Sabbath on my reel-to-reel. Urethane skateboard wheels were something new. A full on wood shop class in both Jr. High School and High School. A full on metal shop class in High School with a smelter, milling ma...
by pencak
May 02 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so old that I remember....
Replies: 197
Views: 5596

Re: I'm so old that I remember....

The best thing about visiting my boyfriend at work was checking out our favorite surf spot at Scripps Pier, which was a stone's throw below his office balcony... And Blacks Beach just up the way.... When the North swells hit, the waves are the size of condominiums; a really scary place to be. Howev...

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