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Old 12-11-2017, 01:17 PM   #61
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I think the biggest problem with dehydrated meals for me is finding single-servings. The two serving would mean eating the same thing for two meals, so I would have to get some that I would be ok eating for both lunch and dinner.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:05 PM   #62
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You should investigate how big they consider a "serving" to be. A vending-machine package of chips is two servings.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:22 PM   #63
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The Chili Mac pouch says, "Two and a Half 1-Cup Servings". That's not too much after a serious day in the fresh air and sunshine. Don't forget sharing with Bambi and Thumper.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:29 PM   #64
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I'm a big fan of Mountain House Chili Mac but yeah, stupid expensive.
Mountain House produces another line that they don't advertise. It's not the $5.69 stuff that xoB found on Amazon. One of those selections is called Rice and Chicken. In the other line it's called Chicken and Rice (the main ingredient being listed first for both). The other line is the good stuff, the stupid expensive stuff, that most don't know about.
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Old 12-12-2017, 08:35 AM   #65
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Got my first package of camping stuff! The stove! Now I just have to find fuel (I didn't read the description closely enough). And I bought a thermal food jar. Even if I don't keep camping, the idea of opening a jar of hot food on top of a big rock in the wind is REALLY appealing.

Tent is on it's way (and apparently 43 dollars now!!) with the sleeping pad. The charger will be delivered some time in January.

@Happy_Monkey - I actually do look at that and the calories. Even if it's a small serving size, if it's packed with calories for regular backpackers/thru-hikers, then it is probably too much for me since I am just doing day hiking with a base camp.
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:10 AM   #66
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About 25 ft. of nylon cord to string up as a clothesline to dry a washcloth and towel. String it doubled over and you can drape the items between them without clothespins. It can replace broken tent lines, provide additional tie downs if it gets windy, suspend the tent if a pole fails, tie food up out of reach of animals ... etc.
What a clever idea. Doubling the clothes line. Personally I would get an all season sleeping bag like the US Army uses. I took one on many a motorcycle camping trip.

Just get a stick and rake leaves or pine needles over the tent space and then the whole floor of the tent will be padded.

If you spend much time on the trail then you will soon develop the habit of going to bed at dusk and waking at dawn. A small led flashlight will suffice.
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:42 AM   #67
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What a clever idea. Doubling the clothes line. Personally I would get an all season sleeping bag like the US Army uses. I took one on many a motorcycle camping trip.
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Old 12-12-2017, 11:08 AM   #68
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Old 12-12-2017, 01:41 PM   #69
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One year free membership! Ah shit, make it lifetime free membership.
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Old 12-31-2017, 05:12 PM   #70
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The good news is that I can put up the tent.
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I still don't know what these are for, though.
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Old 12-31-2017, 05:58 PM   #71
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Looks like an optional tie off point to pull the fly away from the tent wall. And the bottom grey thing might be a ground cloth to go between the tent floor and dirt. Is it the same size as the floor?
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:20 PM   #72
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Looks like an optional tie off point to pull the fly away from the tent wall. And the bottom grey thing might be a ground cloth to go between the tent floor and dirt. Is it the same size as the floor?
That eould explain the extra anchor things. And no. It's not even a quarter of the size of the floor. There are fabric hooks on each of the short sides
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:51 PM   #73
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Could be a door awning that attaches to the tent or frame.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:56 PM   #74
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The ties on the side of the tent are for pulling? the side of the roof away from the tent wall. Much like the eaves on some houses. Keeps the water coming down the roof line from running down the sides of the tent. Don't forget to dig a drip line around the tent.

Buy looong tent pegs. Short ones tend to pull out during monsoons. Do you like Fritos? Put some under your tinder for a fire and you can have a blaze with one match. Speaking of such I like wood kitchen matches, but don't buy the strike anywhere type. You don't want your pack catching on fire.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:55 PM   #75
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Fabric hooks? It might be a gear loft or shelf that goes inside the tent at the top.
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