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About jray

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  1. Most high quality ripstop nylon tents that come with a "stuff sack" are designed to be stuffed. Hence the name "stuff sack". As far as folding or rolling tents is concerned, it depends on the design. The down side is the 'laminating' effect that can cause folded edges to be damaged and difficult to deal with. Try the following: Take a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and crumple it up. Easy, huh? Now take another piece and fold it in half 5 times until it contains 32 sections (yes, that's only 5 folds). Now try to make sure it's tight as it would be in a sack and try to crumple it in your h
  2. I've been using these aluminum can stoves for a few years now, and there are a few things I've learned. 1) You can use ethanol (ie, Everclear), or 'denatured' alcohol (that's ethanol which has been 'denatured' with methanol, ie made non-drinkable so it is exempt from federal taxes), or rubbing alcohol (as long as there is no more than 30% water and no other ingredients such as Witch-hazel). When using rubbing alcohol it will take longer to boil a given amount of water, and the can will quite often need to be emptied of water before refueling, but it does work in a fix. Note: I always use
  3. According to most research I've seen, DEET is not considered a very good tick repellent. I'm also surprised that no one has mentioned the use of 'permethrin' based products for clothing treatment, which seem to be the most effective tick repellent currently known. Note: Permethrin based products are for clothing treatment only and should never be applied to the skin! Although permethrin is used in many insect sprays and sounds like a major toxic chemical, it's made from chrysanthemums. By treating the outside of the clothing you remove the need to apply anything to the skin. Not onl
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