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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #275 on: July 01, 2017, 20:45:21 »
Summer is on the go...always looking for new little and big things.  Here's a little one we picked up at the last MEC visit.  No more spaghetti sauce fingers from the Mountain House bag, quite a bit cheaper than the other options (titanium).  Sold!

http://www.gsioutdoors.com/shop/dining/utensils/essential-spoon-long.html

Brought home a shiny new Penobscot 164.  That covers the big one for now I guess.   ;D
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #276 on: July 01, 2017, 23:08:46 »
Summer is on the go...always looking for new little and big things.  Here's a little one we picked up at the last MEC visit.  No more spaghetti sauce fingers from the Mountain House bag, quite a bit cheaper than the other options (titanium).  Sold!

http://www.gsioutdoors.com/shop/dining/utensils/essential-spoon-long.html

Brought home a shiny new Penobscot 164.  That covers the big one for now I guess.   ;D

Been out for 4 years and still use the long spoon from IMPs. Still works. :)
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #277 on: July 02, 2017, 08:07:56 »
Hope you washed it a few times since then!   ;D
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #278 on: July 02, 2017, 10:44:35 »
I grabbed a similar long spoon a few years back to go with my minimalist pot set and cup. No complaints on either.

Also recently picked up a life straw. More for my truck than anything, but will use it for treks when they come.

Honestly, power tools have been taking up all of my time and spare cash. See the woodworking thread!  ;D
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #279 on: July 03, 2017, 01:13:15 »
Hope you washed it a few times since then!   ;D

Hell no. Where do you think the taste and texture come from. :)
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #280 on: July 03, 2017, 20:54:46 »
Also recently picked up a life straw. More for my truck than anything, but will use it for treks when they come.

I carry one on me at work and one if I am going anywhere's I *might* get lost.  $25 is worth it...haven't been able to justify the added expense of the steel (?) one for work purposes though...

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Making some shelves and stuff now?   8)
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #281 on: July 03, 2017, 20:55:30 »
Hell no. Where do you think the taste and texture come from. :)

I never really thought of food as having *texture* before!   :blotto:
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #282 on: August 31, 2017, 14:39:34 »

Making some shelves and stuff now?   8)

I've inherited enough shelves over the years to satisfy two garages. One full unit the wife bought "in case" is waiting for me to get a shed built for a home. What I am making, largely, is a mess. But I love it!

I got a nice surprise recently: niece and nephew, from different siblings in-law, want to give backcountry camping a go. They were the ones who suggested going super lightweight and eating from bags. We're between the first site in Cape Chignecto, or Fishing Cove in Cape Breton. One is big into the scouting movement and has really grown through her experiences there; my nephew is simply into things like technical issues related to stoves, tents, blankets, etc. and thinks this might be a spark.

I am also close to starting the planning for my first ski trip. Thinking Killington again, thinking the same lodge again, and already have indications I'll save money versus last year by booking direct through the lodge. Yeah, I know it's still summer, but if some folks can flap off about Christmas coming then I can yap about skiing :-*
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #283 on: September 02, 2017, 16:47:27 »
Gotta haul in the horns on the kids: they've both got prior events booked for the nominated weekend. Oh well, more planning for spring. Perhaps Pollett's with them is in order.

Meantime, since the wife now works one of them modified schedules and has that Friday off, we are going to load the yaks and head for Koojibowhack  Koogieboogiewack  Kuujiwoowoojiback  this ******* place.

She's there this weekend with a crew and reports it as stunning.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #284 on: September 02, 2017, 18:38:50 »
All right, Scott. Let's try this phonetically:

Say: Coup* - she - coup* - jew -ack!   pronounce those last two quickly as in a single sound.  ;D

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #285 on: September 03, 2017, 07:10:25 »
Beats my current Coup-gee-boo-quack

Thanks!  :salute:
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #286 on: September 03, 2017, 12:13:33 »
Stayed there once, at Côte-à-Fabien...site 31 I think.  Nice spot, had a great view for sunset-rise and a campfire.

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #287 on: May 31, 2018, 11:00:16 »
I've always been a 'canoe' type at heart, but recently I've thought about the kayak for the solo days/trips so I ended up picking up a used (but in great shape) OT Heron 11 for a coupla hundred.  A HECK of a lot easier to get on the roof racks and to the waterline alone than my Penobscot 164 is.

I've already placed some orders to add the gizmo's to it I thought were important;  knee/thigh pads, deck loops/bungee, paddle clips, replacement footbrace pedals, and a seat back pad. 

One of the other things I am thinking to do is to paint it, currently it is a combo white/light blue.  I'm wondering, though, is there a way to refinish the bottom to take out the roughness, smooth it out some?  Apply a resin or "something" to fill in the scratches and stuff before spray-painting and clear coating?  Is this even worth doing?  I'll sand it down some before painting but obviously not going to sand out the gouges/scrathes so the other option is to fill 'em in.

So far, I've been reading a little online.  https://kayakguru.com/how-to-paint-kayak/

Any thoughts/experience appreciated. 
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #288 on: July 02, 2018, 08:15:23 »
Hope everyone had a good Canada Day weekend.  Managed to get 20km of canoe time and a night in the backcountry;  pure awesome.

Couple of nods to some gear I've really been happy with.

Moque boots - worth every penny so far (had them 2 years now).  The soles are thick enough you don't feel the edges, points, on rocks and they're grippy enough on those slippery rocks if you have to line up a current.  My wife has the shorter version, and she loves them as well.  Awesome product.

Level Six Coastal long sleeve sun shirt - these are so friggin' comfortable and cool compared to any other tops I've worn paddling.  This Canadian company also has sales fairly regularly - last winter we picked up a pretty good amount of '2017' product line at (IMO) incredible sales prices;  my wife has several of their tops, hoodies and shorts and loves them all, especially the Aphrodite shorts.

ExtraSport PFDs; Evolve model - the AirComfort system and design of the back of these is pretty awesome.  I've never been so cool on a hot long day in the canoe as with this PFD and the Level Six top.  Really comfortable and just enough places to hook/store the things you want really close at hand.  My wife has the woman's Evolve and says it fits better than any of the other ones she tried (the MEC brand ones, Stohlquist BetSea, and a few Kokatat models).

Venture OutDoor Gear - Double Sling hammock, bug net and suspension straps.  This one gets a 5 out of 5 from me;  lightweight, packs up extremely compact and sets up/packs up in a minute, maybe 2; the straps have the loops sewn right into them that you just clip the hammock 'biners thru.  The bug net keeps biters off the bottom;  nice to not have to use a layer or air mat on the bottom on hot days.  You can get 2 people in it (each head at opposite ends with some leg crossing) but I'd never want to try sleeping that way.  I can have this out and up before the water is boiling. 

Hope people are getting some fresh air this summer!
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #289 on: September 04, 2018, 18:15:40 »
Because I like to climb in the high alpine, and every ounce counts, my main effort this summer has been to remove items from my pack.

I always seem to come back with some things I've never used, so try to get rid of them when I can.

What have you 'thinned out' recently?
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #290 on: September 04, 2018, 18:23:20 »

What have you 'thinned out' recently?

I don't know if it is thinning out but I have upgraded my cookset to a titanium one (https://snowpeak.com/collections/cookware/products/trek-900-titanium-cookset?variant=671149681. Right now am in the process of packing my ruck and as I am bringing my camera tripod trying to think of how cut down on weight to counter the weight of the tripod.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #291 on: September 04, 2018, 18:34:45 »
I picked up a nice Coleman Lensatic Compass, in case I'm sufficiently far into the woods that even knowing the direction of North is unlikely to prove a benefit. Since in combination of marking trees, I'd be able to use it to properly orient my way back out, it's worthwhile to keep as a backup.

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #292 on: September 05, 2018, 11:59:09 »
I don't know if it is thinning out but I have upgraded my cookset to a titanium one (https://snowpeak.com/collections/cookware/products/trek-900-titanium-cookset?variant=671149681. Right now am in the process of packing my ruck and as I am bringing my camera tripod trying to think of how cut down on weight to counter the weight of the tripod.

A guy I've hiked with before uses one of these: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5057-569/Camera-Staff

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #293 on: September 11, 2019, 07:43:48 »
I've always been a 'canoe' type at heart, but recently I've thought about the kayak for the solo days/trips so I ended up picking up a used (but in great shape) OT Heron 11 for a coupla hundred.  A HECK of a lot easier to get on the roof racks and to the waterline alone than my Penobscot 164 is.

I've already placed some orders to add the gizmo's to it I thought were important;  knee/thigh pads, deck loops/bungee, paddle clips, replacement footbrace pedals, and a seat back pad. 

One of the other things I am thinking to do is to paint it, currently it is a combo white/light blue.  I'm wondering, though, is there a way to refinish the bottom to take out the roughness, smooth it out some?  Apply a resin or "something" to fill in the scratches and stuff before spray-painting and clear coating?  Is this even worth doing?  I'll sand it down some before painting but obviously not going to sand out the gouges/scrathes so the other option is to fill 'em in.

So far, I've been reading a little online.  https://canoesurfer.net/best-canoes/

Any thoughts/experience appreciated.

I am fond of canoeing and I think it's way better than kayaking. There are many reasons for this and one of them is that it provides freedom to move around.