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    Light Weight Food Canister

    Cut a rectangle of aluminum flashing (or you could use piece of thin plastic like the kind sold to make flexible chopping mats) large enough to roll into a cylinder the size you‘re needing. Add snaps along the seam edge. Once your muffins are consumed undo the snaps and you can roll the cylinder...
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    A Close Bear Call

    Forgive me, but to my understanding a charge is a defensive action intended to neutralize a threat. This bear did follow the guys, pretty scary I admit. However, I have watched my dog follow bubbles along the creek and leaves blown across the back yard, even going so far as to put a foot on them...
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    DIY bear resistant canister carry straps

    I can see that putting the canister on top would interfere with carrying a boat as well. You’ve obviously developed a very efficient portaging technique. If by preference you mean a decision that I have arrived at by empirical observation over 25 years of paddling well I guess that what it is...
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    DIY bear resistant canister carry straps

    Personally I think up top would be the best location, I'll often flip an extra pack up on top when portaging and find it quite easy to carry a heavy load like that. Plus I don't like anything to interfere with the view of my feet. Don't forget to take them off the canister at camp. Otherwise a...
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    A Close Bear Call

    Didn’t look predatory, just curious, probably wanted to get in on the selfie. Just a young bear looking for company. I suspect if they’d had a whistle that would have been enough to be scare the bear away, probably a good idea to carry a whistle when portaging anyway. Very useful if you become...
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    Sleeping Bags

    This one generates as much debate as the innie/ outie groundsheet discussion. I’ve never used a pack cover in spite of hiking for days in Scottish, Welsh and other European rain (and a fair bit of Canadian weather too!) I do use a variety of lightweight dry bags inside my pack and sleeping bag...
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    Cooking fuel

    Fire bans! Coming to a Province/ State near you soon. Sponsored by Climate Change.
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    Cooking fuel

    Because 1. It may not be allowed- In Manitoba it is illegal to have an open fire from Spring to Summer and your twig stove may well not be approved. Last summer NW Ontario also had a fire ban (and alcohol stoves were also banned) 2. There are times when even if technically not prohibited having...
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    Elasticity

    I bought a pair of belt suspenders from this place, they only clip to the front of your pants so there is less hassle when dropping your pants. https://www.suspenderstore.com/
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    Feast On Adventure

    In time for Christmas!
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    Sleeping Bags

    A non waterproof breathable bivy bag over the top is one of the best ways. You need to move the dew point out away from the bags. I presume you are using the 30 bag outside the 0? Maybe you have too much insulation and are sweating too much. How is your tent ventilation? Difficult to resist the...
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    Carbon Fiber Ferrule Resurrection Ideas?

    Maybe you need some pet termites?
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    Elasticity

    Just find a local tailor and get them to snip the waistband at the back of your favourite pants and sew in a V of 4 inch wide elastic. Had this done on some wool pants that I had "grown" out of! Cost me $8 per pair.
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    York Pack as solo wannigan

    GG Shoulder straps
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    solo tent with roomy vestibule?

    Although I’m a tarp user when tripping solo we do take a tent when traveling as a couple. A vestibule gives you somewhere to shed wet rain gear and footwear. We also leave the bear spray and TP kit in the vestibule at night. Our dog also slept there when she could be persuaded to in out of the...
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    DIY Dehydrated food cozy

    I made one from the liner of Tim Horton’s bulk coffee dispenser destined for the garbage after a meeting. The material had a thick layer of polythene a silver Mylar inside and out.
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    solo tent with roomy vestibule?

    Would you consider a non-freestanding tent?
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    York Pack as solo wannigan

    There is a small gap in the rubber seal, presumably to allow the lid to be removed, otherwise a change in air pressure would clamp the lid down tight. It would have been better if they had included some sort of screw down valve like Peli use on their cases. I don't use ours, it's simply too big...
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    Carbon Fiber Ferrule Resurrection Ideas?

    What can you tape with that won't peel apart from the boiling water? Heavy duty condom maybe!!!
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    Carbon Fiber Ferrule Resurrection Ideas?

    Boiling water should do it though of course it would make the wood swell. Hot air gun?
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