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by sparklehorse
August 13th, 2014, 11:42 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Recommendations for 3-4 Day Loop in Eagle Cap Wilderness?
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: Recommendations for 3-4 Day Loop in Eagle Cap Wilderness

My favorite trip in the Wallowas is the East Eagle-Imnaha loop, which is also in Lorain's book. It's just spectacular and gives you a great opportunity to bag the summit of Eagle Cap along the way. It also passes through the main lakes basin, which does draw quite a few folks, but that basin is simp...
by sparklehorse
August 12th, 2014, 12:23 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Wood burning stoves?
Replies: 53
Views: 7577

Re: Wood burning stoves?

I had one of those Coleman Peak 1 Multi-fuel stoves like Pnw.hiker's back in the 80s. It worked OK, but as others mentioned that white gas fuel is pretty smelly & unpleasant. I have a good canister stove. I like it well enough I guess, except for the noise. It makes me feel like I'm on the tarmac at...
by sparklehorse
August 11th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Lightning Forecast for this Week
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: Lightning Forecast for this Week

NOLS document on lightning safety:

http://www.nols.edu/nolspro/pdf/Lightni ... master.pdf


Current fire maps for Oregon/Washington:

http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/activef ... &rCode=nwx
by sparklehorse
August 11th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Mount Hood Timberline Trail Loop - Some Time in September
Replies: 10
Views: 1501

Re: Mount Hood Timberline Trail Loop - Some Time in Septembe

By the way, my main training hikes will probably be the Coyote Ridge Loop and Tanner Butte via Dublin Lake, both of which are in One Night Wilderness, which I've been using to make my first summer living in Oregon a lot more interesting. If anyone has any recommendations for weekend trips that they...
by sparklehorse
October 29th, 2012, 4:07 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: High-fat diets
Replies: 17
Views: 3479

Re: High-fat diets

I wonder how far some people have been able to travel without a resupply, or if anyone tries to push this. Ryan Jordan (of Backpackinglight.com) and two companions attempted a 600 mile trek across Alaskan tundra in 2006 without resupply. Jordan sprained an ankle along the way and was air-lifted out...
by sparklehorse
October 23rd, 2012, 3:20 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Alcohol Stoves
Replies: 56
Views: 7158

Re: Alcohol Stoves

... I'm leaning on trying a cat can stove or other pressurized type that does not need a pot stand. So just the stove and a windscreen and a small plastic fuel bottle then mug/pot. Maybe 1/2 lb total? That's about right, maybe a little light. My stove/pot/screen combo weighs in at around 5 ozs. For...
by sparklehorse
October 22nd, 2012, 5:55 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Alcohol Stoves
Replies: 56
Views: 7158

Re: Alcohol Stoves

The 95% pure Everclear is good for drinking. The least weight. Dilute with water appropriately. I add a bit of lemon juice and sugar. A shame to just burn it:) That sounds like the recipe for Grog.... ;) I just "googled it" - it's called a "Lemon Drop". Brief trivia history here.... Grog is a drink...
by sparklehorse
October 22nd, 2012, 2:15 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Alcohol Stoves
Replies: 56
Views: 7158

Re: Alcohol Stoves

good info here, if anyone finds an alternate fuel that work please share. For now I'll stick to the recipe. I agree about HEET not being made for stove use, while not worried about it much I might favor denatured alcohol... unless it proved more efficient but I doubt it. at some point I'd like to t...
by sparklehorse
October 21st, 2012, 12:06 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Alcohol Stoves
Replies: 56
Views: 7158

Re: Alcohol Stoves

Methanol poses no known cumulative health hazard and is not classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic. The U.S. EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards has determined that methanol offers little threat of chronic toxicity and it gives methanol a composite score of 7 on a scale...
by sparklehorse
October 20th, 2012, 10:27 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Alcohol Stoves
Replies: 56
Views: 7158

Re: Alcohol Stoves

I can't answer your question specifically, but I can offer some info that might be helpful. I've tested a number of the commercially availble alky stoves, including several models from Tinny at Mini-Bull, mechanicmike's from eBay, the White Box stove, Vargo's titanium model, and several others inclu...