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DIY: Freestyle Backpacking

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first_imgMy friend Ryan Baxter and I are hiking southward up the A.T. Trail on the north side of Mt. Rogers headed towards the Old Orchard Shelter where we plan to stop for lunch. Our hope was to power up a little bit given we are both an embarrassing bit out of shape (shhh, don’t tell anybody), before making the bigger hike up the mountainside to the sweeping boulder fields that occupy the higher altitudes of the Mt. Rogers high country.I’m packing a traditional PB&J and a power bar, but Ryan’s got something else up his sleeve.“Prepare to have your mind blown,” Ryan chuckles as he begins digging through his pack for his lunch at the shelter. “Remember that surprise I was telling you about?”He pulls out what looks like a small yellow sake choko and an 8oz plastic bottle full of clear fluid (presumably sake). Unfortunately there was no sake in that bottle, but there was something close in resemblance. Alcohol.Boiling water via denatured alcoholI knew what he was up to because I had previously been reading up on small DIY survival rigs, although I’ve never made one, and had seen similar set-ups to what Ryan was about to reveal. While I had seen similar set-ups, I hadn’t seen one particularly like this. It was a homemade lightweight alcohol stove crafted out of an aluminum soda bottle. The bottle was machine-pressed into itself giving it a nice rounded rim with near pinhole sized air vents drilled into the side—all in all a much more well-crafted version of what some know as the Fancy Feast stove.Using an old Snow Peak cook pot as a cooking dish as well as a carrying container, Ryan was able to squeeze the bottle of denatured alcohol, the stove, and the windscreen all into the small pot. Minimal size and weighing next to nothing, it’s proven addition to any minimalist backpackers collection.Ryan lit up the stove and got water to boil so he could amaze me with his grand finale, but while doing so an elderly A.T. veteran named Sam wandered up with a couple hiking friends and took interest in Ryan’s contraption.“Did you make that?” Sam eyeballed the stove with curiosity before one-upping Ryan with his own homemade stove.Sam pulled out a very similar cup-shaped stove, only with the walls hollowed out to allow a tightly wound wick to be placed inside for better burn efficiency, and a stainless steel air vent built into it. The two of them marveled the craftsmanship and exchanged stories, clearly sharing a bit of enthusiastic appreciation for innovation, while I stood by observing their creations and enjoying my own personal and latest innovation of adding jalapeño jam to my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Sam’s Alcohol StoveBut my lunch was about to get better.  Ryan had a large plastic bag of dried ramen noodles with dried mushrooms and seaweed and spices just waiting to be doused in hot water in order to spring to savory life.  The bag was placed inside a curious looking sleeve crafted out of pipe insulation and duct tape.Step One: Boil water.Step Two: Pour water into bag.Step Three: Sit around and shoot the bull until lunch is ready.The thermal bag could hold enough heat inside to cook for up to eight to ten minutes, even in freezing temperatures, allowing for minimum fuel consumption.After finishing Step Three we began Step Four, which involved me getting a share of the gruel, which I wasn’t about to argue with, I happened to know Ryan was pretty well rounded in the kitchen (you should have been at camp that night for the camp-style chicken alfredo—I’ll be thinking about that for days).DIY StoveRyan’s successfully homemade stove kit and heating sleeve.While eating lunch conversation drifted into sleeping gear which led to hammocks which led to Sam showing off one more piece of gear before we departed on the rest of our trip.Clearly a man of patience, Sam had crafted a hammock for less than $15 that rivaled many I’ve seen on store shelves selling for 50 bucks, not to mention rivaling most other DIY hammocks I’ve seen in quality.Sam’s HammockUsing two layers of rip-stop nylon, some excellent sewing skills, a custom buckle machined by a friend, and a crafty suspension cord utilizing Chinese-finger-trap technology, Sam had put together an excellent two-layer hammock allowing for a pad to be inserted inside for insulation and comfort while a custom sleeping bag with an open bottom end and straps instead of zippers is wrapped around the outside for cover and warmth.  Optional: bug netting and tarp.Sam quickly slung it up between two trees and allowed me to indulge, but I  had to quickly  climb out for fear of A: falling into an afternoon snooze, and B: developing a jealousy complex.So we bid the guys adieu and hit the trail, moving onward up the mountain to seek out adventure. But on the way up I couldn’t help daydreaming about little contraptions I wanted to build to add to my pack. As cheesy as it sounds, I guess old dogs can teach new tricks as well as learn them.Here’s a couple links you should check out if you’d like to work some quality hands-on time into your schedule:DIY Gear SupplyZen StovesTo The Woodslast_img read more

McTominay says Man Utd determined to end season on high

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first_imgScott McTominay says Manchester United are “fully focused” on ending their troubled season on a high note, with silverware still on offer in the FA Cup and Europa League as he nears a return from injury.Advertisement United have found it hard to establish any momentum in a challenging campaign that has threatened to spiral into disarray at times. They are six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four but could still qualify for the Champions League through another route if they win the Europa League.United face Club Brugge in the last 32 later this month, while their next FA Cup assignment is a fifth-round tie at second-tier Derby.Despite distracting speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as manager, combined with fan protests against United’s owners the Glazer family and the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, McTominay is adamant there is still a possibility of a happy ending for everyone at Old Trafford.“It would be nice to come back and have a massive push with the rest of the boys to get into some finals, get some trophies under our belts and really set the bar for next season, set a bar that we don’t step underneath,” McTominay told United’s website.“All of the boys are fully focused on doing that and hopefully we can do it as well.”McTominay’s performances have been one of the few bright spots for United this season, but the 23-year-old Scotland midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury since late December.He will be out until early March but has stepped up his recovery during United’s warm-weather training camp in Spain.“It has been going well,” he said. “Obviously, it is never nice watching football matches when you have been playing. You want to be involved and you want to be helping the team as well.”Scott McTominay believes Manchester United can enjoy a successful end to the seasonRead Also: Coronavirus: Ighalo gets nod for United’s trip to face Brugge in EuropaWhen he finally gets back on the pitch, McTominay will find United’s new signing Bruno Fernandes adding his creative talents to the midfield, an ideal foil for the industrious Scot.“In the brief moments that I have seen him in training, he has looked really good,” McTominay said of the former Sporting Lisbon playmaker.“He has looked like every type of player that the manager wants as well, so hopefully that can come to us on the pitch and he can show us what he can do. I can’t wait to play alongside him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Dey leads Guyana’s ‘clean sweep’ of IGG male cycling road race

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first_imgBy Rawle Toney in Suriname IN dominating fashion, Guyana occupied the top four spots in the male cycling Road Race event to retain their Inter Guiana Games (IGG) Cycling trophy.Exceptional team work by the Guyanese resulted in Curtis Dey being able to have his way on the streets of Paramaribo, as he finished with a time of One hour, 47 minutes and 59 seconds (1:47.59) to finish first.His teammates then followed: Marcus Keiler was second (1:52.17), Jason Cameron (1:59.37) finished third and Adealie Hodge (2:02.52) came in fourth, to hand Guyana a convincing win and continued their rich tradition of winning the event.In the female event, however, Suriname came first while Guyana’s Sheneka Tiexeira was second, Deance Welch took third and Suriname rounded off the top four. Byonka Barker complained that a Surinamese deliberately “took her out” the race, resulting in her bicycle being damaged.Guyana’s Curtis Dey crossing the finish line to win the IGG Road Race yesterday in SurinameMeanwhile, having won the time trial the previous day, Guyana came out highly optimistic and it was Dey, the Trojon Cycle club member, who was urged by his teammates to ‘break out’ of the pack.Dey rode solo for much of the 69 Kilometers road race and so did Keiler who left Cameron and Hodge to hold the fort at the back.Cameron, who happens to be Dey’s teammate at the Berbice cycling club, later broke out and left Hodge to ‘toy’ with the Surinamese cyclist.However, Hodge would later on get tired of playing games and being urged by the Guyanese supporters, he would sprint away from the ‘pack’ and later joined his teammates in celebration.last_img read more

Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Thursday, June 13

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first_imgMORE THURSDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Thursday, June 13Updated wRC+ stats coming soonRankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Matthew [email protected] Royals73 (T-27th)N/A$10,500$10,7002Zack [email protected] NationalsN/A88 (T-20th)$9,500$9,3003Jacob deGromMetsvs. CardinalsN/A94 (T-15th)$10,200$10,4004David PriceRed Soxvs. Rangers87 (T-21st)N/A$9,800$9,7005Clayton KershawDodgersvs. Cubs103 (T-10th)N/A$10,400$10,1006Marcus StromanBlue [email protected] OriolesN/A84 (T-23rd)$7,200$7,6007Jon [email protected] Dodgers104 (9th)N/A$7,700$7,8008Jack [email protected] MetsN/A97 (13th)$7,900$7,3009Erick FeddeNationalsvs. D-backsN/A88 (T-20th)$6,000$6,40010J.A. [email protected] White Sox92 (T-16th)N/A$8,800$8,70011Ryan YarbroughRaysvs. Angels102 (12th)N/A$6,900$6,80012Julio TeheranBravesvs. PiratesN/A96 (14th)$8,600$10,80013Tyler [email protected] Rays101 (13th)N/A$7,800$8,20014Joe [email protected] BravesN/A103 (T-11th)$8,300$6,00015Michael PinedaTwinsvs. MarinersN/A111 (7th)$7,000$9,00016Homer BaileyRoyalsvs. TigersN/A76 (T-29th)$6,700$5,20017Matt [email protected] Rockies86 (23rd)N/A$9,900$9,20018Jon GrayRockiesvs. PadresN/A83 (25th)$7,500$8,30019Yusei [email protected] Twins131 (1st)N/A$6,300$5,10020Gabriel YnoaOriolesvs. Blue JaysN/A76 (T-29th$5,600$5,40021Adrian [email protected] Red SoxN/A107 (T-9th)$8,000$7,10022Ivan NovaWhite Soxvs. YankeesN/A115 (T-3rd)$6,200$4,400wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJon Lester (@ Dodgers) and Matt Strahm (@ Rockies) are obvious fades given the matchups/parks, but both have enough talent to come through in GPPs.Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports. With only two afternoon games, it’s a fairly large Thursday main MLB DFS slate tonight. As a result, our SP rankings are deeper than usual for a Thursday, and there are some surprising value sleepers on both FanDuel and DraftKings.Our top five are particularly solid, though all cost a premium. If you’re looking to pay down, Marcus Stroman (@ Orioles) and Jack Flaherty (@ Mets) both have high upsides and fair prices, and Ryan Yarbrough (vs. Angels) is a boom-or-bust option at an affordable price who works well in GPPs. Erick Fedde (vs. D-backs) has a relatively low ceiling, but with his rock-bottom price, he’s not a bad option, especially as an SP2 on DraftKings.last_img read more