LivNLrn3R | 1 Feb 01:07 2003
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Re: lightweight backpacking vs. lightweight living

Tracy,

I hear ya! We're working on it too. One of the best books is Janet Luhrs' 
Guide to Simple Living. 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553067966/qid=1044057659/sr=8-1

/ref=sr_8_1/102-6048119-5717767?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

This, along with Your Money or Your Life, is a self-study guide in exactly 
what you're asking about.

I like to take the perspective of looking back at age 85. Which would you 
rather say? I had 5 couches and needed a 3-car garage for all my stuff? Or we 
did some really amazing things and made awesome memories because we made 
smart choices? I know my answer :-)  

Another question that helps me release "stuff" is...if the 
house/garage/whatever burned to the ground, what would we replace? The rest 
is excess.

Becki

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Shelly Thimmer | 1 Feb 02:12 2003
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Re: Re: spicing up lightweight trail food


Well, I'm only a drop girl.  One drop will do. So I could get more than one meal from 1/8 oz.  As for you Heman Guys! 
Go ahead with your gallons, they weigh more! lol
 Ron Martino <yumitori@...> wrote:
> I mentioned the 1/8 oz bottle tabasco.  It came as part of a  bean soup mix jar I got as a gift for xmas.  I haven't
seen them on sale either - so they must be a special order or something.  One could always check out the  jar
mixes on sale in specialty food stores, substitute the tabasco from the regular size bottle and save the
smaller bottle for the trail......
> Shelly

      We can find the miniature bottles at places in the local area that
cater to gourmet cooking. Personally, I don't find that an 1/8 ounce
bottle holds enough for more than a single meal.

      If you can't find them near you, you can always buy on-line (click on
the miniatures link for options on quantities) -

http://countrystore.tabasco.com/index_category.cfm?tlcatid=2&catid=46

      Me, I may just have to spring for the gallon jug...

      Ron
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Michael Reagan | 1 Feb 02:15 2003
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Lightweight containers

One of the lightest (and cheapest!) small containers I have found are empty Alka-Seltzer foil packets.
Just carefully trim one end when you open it, remove and use the Alka-Seltzer (what a relief it is), then the
open end can be folded over to close. These tiny foil packets work great for small items like aspirin/advil
or other pills, toothpowder, baking soda, pretty glass beads or whatever you like to bring. If you don't
use Alka-Seltzer, some tea bags come packed in similar foil packets and can be used equally well. 

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Eric Kammerer | 1 Feb 03:06 2003
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Re: Sleeping Bag Suggestions for a Tall Guy

If you didn't require synthetic, I would say a Feathered Friends Great
Auk overbag. Since it's an overbag, it's already extra long inside.

I have a long version, could  probably use the short version -- and I'm
6'1" tall. Mine weighs about 44 ounces if I recall correctly, and is
warm enough for me to sleep without clothes at 30-degrees (haven't had
it lower than that).

See http://www.featheredfriends.com/Sleeping%20Bags/layering/auk.htm
for details.  A regular in Epic fabric is $320. Upgrading from 750 FP
down to 800+ FP down would set you back an additional $20.

Eric

 
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JimSabis | 1 Feb 04:11 2003
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Re: Re: lightweight backpacking vs. lightweight living

In a message dated 1/31/2003 4:23:05 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
fredengel@... writes:

> I periodically go through my "stuff" and sell / give away / trash 
> the "stuff" that is "stuff" for the sake of "stuff".  Some of what I 
> kept last time goes out the next time.  The trick is to stop the 
> flow in and keep it going out.
> 

Of course, this is absolutely impossible for any one considered a 'gear 
head'!

; )

Jim S.

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StoneDancer1 | 1 Feb 04:16 2003
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Miso Soup ( tabasco and other aged condiments)_

For several years I have made miso soup one of my staples.  When I get into 
camp at night, the first thing I do is heat up a cup and a half of water ( 
the packages call for one cup) and have one.  I have found nothing better ( 
so far) for taking the edge off the day...plenty of salt, tofu for protein, 
not to forget the miso, and some seaweed floating around.  Don't be put off 
by any description of the making of miso.... after all, one untutored, upon 
reading about how cheese is made, might well be likewise suffer the 
off-putting.  The down side is they cost too darn much.... generally about a 
buck a package.   Anyone know where to get volume?

No Way

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StoneDancer1 | 1 Feb 04:18 2003
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Miso

yumitori@... writes:

> >>I typically get it as a bulk paste from the local food co-op.>> 
> 
> Is the miso paste that??? a paste?  does it just store.. need to be 
> refrigerated?  can it be dried in a food drier... the miso soup mixes are 
> dry.  Tell all
> 
> No Way

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JimSabis | 1 Feb 04:26 2003
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Re: Re: Pants...+ Shirts

In a message dated 1/31/2003 6:47:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
dmorton@... writes:

> I am also looking for a shirt. I know I want a collar and long sleeves for
> sun protection. I saw the Ex Officio Air Strip L/S shirt while looking at
> the pants. Is this a good selection? The vents seem like a good feature,
> provided they don't cause chaffing from the pack. Any experience here?
> 
> 

Craig - Let me start by saying that I am *completely* biased on this, but: 
The Ex-O Air Strip Shirt may be one of the finest inventions of civilized 
man. I own, no kidding, at least six (and there might be more in the closet). 
The side vents are very effective, sleeves roll up with 'Swiss tabs', there 
is an adjustable vent on the back yoke, the collar has a three tier design 
which allows it to stand up and completely cover your neck, excellent velcro 
secured pockets, fly rod tab (handy for holding odds 'n ends) and a hidden 
zipper secured pocket. The fabric is also treated for improved UV protection. 
The nylon/polyester blend has an excellent hand and dries in a flash.

Plus, the look is great. you can where it anywhere from the trail to a decent 
dining establishment. I occasionally wear them on the trail and highly 
recommend them. My wife calles me a hiking fashion plate! The only caveat - 
all these features and quality come at a price ($79) - I have never paid more 
tham $40, as you can often find them on sale. Ex-O is having a sale right 
now, and Campmor just received some new stock. both are selling for $39-$39.

Jim S.

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JimSabis | 1 Feb 04:28 2003
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Re: Re: spicing up lightweight trail food

In a message dated 1/31/2003 4:38:25 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
kim004@... writes:

>  But I live in LA where Tabasco is as common as salt.
> 

Yea, I hear they use it in their Coco Puffs down there!

; )

Jim S.

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Dee | 1 Feb 04:29 2003
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Re: Unsubscribing from the list

Thanks John for attempting to get back the "old flavor" of this list 
that drew so many of us to it...and thanks Marge for sticking around 
cuz you indeed helped to cultivate the group I became a part of many 
years ago...
Dee
--- In BackpackingLight@..., "Marge Prothman" 
<marge@...> wrote:
> Thank-you, for the many messages I have received asking me to 
reconsider. I
> have been a part of this group for some time now and deep in my 
gut, I did
> not really want to unsubscribe.
> The Moderators are back now and I am staying.
> Cheers,
> 
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