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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008

How to Do Everything - Gear

Patch a tent hole, layer for extreme conditions, clean your stove, make an old bag warmer, and more.

by: Annette McGivney


Hiking | Packing & Planning | Camping | Gear | First Aid & Health | Cooking


Fix Your Tent | Warm Up Your Sleeping Bag, Your Clothes | Clean Your Stove/Pick the Right Matches | Two-Second Tips

ZIP SLEEPING BAGS TOGETHER
Most bag zippers–even on different brands–are compatible, so if you're buying a new mummy sack for a hot date 15 miles from the trailhead, just make sure your zippers are on opposite sides.

MAKE AN OLD BAG WARMER
Wash it! Dirt and oils accumulate inside sleeping bags over time and inevitably decrease loft–and warmth. Here's how to clean it: Turn it inside out and wash in a front-loading machine with mild powder soap or Nikwax Down Wash ($9; nikwax.com). Run two rinse cycles, then place in a large dryer with two tennis balls (which prevent the insulation from clumping). When it's dry, store it suspended from the ceiling or a high hook (so it doesn't touch the floor) rather than in a stuff sack to protect loft. If all else fails, a removable liner (such as the Cocoon MummyLiner in CoolMax or flannel; $30-$40, designsalt.com) adds a few degrees of warmth and costs less than a new sack.

LAYER FOR EXTREME TEMPERATURE CHANGES
When it's 70°F by day and 20°F by night (hello, desert in springtime!), think four layers, not three. Always pack a next-to-skin baselayer and a waterproof shell, but split your midlayer into two lightweight, versatile insulation pieces, like a microfleece turtleneck and a puffy vest.



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READERS COMMENTS

Pat
Jul 10, 2009

I like how two comments skipped snow and went for the rock.

Chris
May 21, 2009

Does that mean that you have to pack-out the smooth rock? Hmmm...

Benjamin
Jan 15, 2009

wouldn't it be better to tie the knot at the end of the shockcord BEFORE cutting it, rather than after? That way you don't risk the end of the cord shooting back up the pole and having to struggle to get it back. It's also much easier to tie a knot in a long string than a short one.

ben
Jan 07, 2009

lol, forgot the TP, use a smooth rock.
wow.
this is amazing.

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