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    Quilt/Foodbag

    Necessity is the mother of invention. The father is unknown.
    I just came out of my secret underground laboratory with my latest creation in multi-purpose gear. It is the Poncho/Quilt/Ayce Foodbag. Jeff mention one time about edible gear. It kept me up at night for days trying to get my head around it. If you could plan you hike well you could just eat you pack weight down as you hike. Last day out you can eat your tarp, your extra socks or what ever. You could be eating your beef jerky shoulder straps just as you reach the car. Just think you would be able to get new gear every time you hike.

    So I got to thinking about the insulating properties of food. Food is something everyone has to carry so why not make it work for you instead of just being dead weight. So I started by trying to quilt together a couple pairs of my edible underwear. I would link to it but the sites aren't appropriate. Trying to get differential baffles out of tiny panties was impossible. So I found an edible film manufacturer That took care of the shell, but what to use for the stuffing. At first I thought if goose down is good insulation then the entire goose would be great insulation. But the goose juices kept making the shell dissolve. Undaunted I got to thinking about what I already carry in my food bag. So there is instant mash potatoes in one baffle and powdered gravy in another. One has stove top stuffing and another has oatmeal. There is edible Velcro on one end so you can access each baffle. Instant mash potatoes actually insulate quite well. It will get you down to 32 degrees or you fourth dinner, whichever come first. It only weighs 16 pounds 2 ounces and feeds 14 for 6 days. It weighs pretty much but I made it purple because my wife will carry anything purple.



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    I think it must be something in the water....
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Just think you would be able to get new gear every time you hike.
    My wife accuses me of doing that everytime I plan a hike.

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    I hope winter is over soon in PA. I think you are getting bad cabin fever. Told you...should have come to Mt. Rogers! We had more than enough to eat there!
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    ROFL! Definitely cabin fever setting in at Dutch's place. I started reading and hit the part about using the entire Goose for insulation and the juices making the shell disolve, and I about spit my coffee on the monitor! The edible underwear, that I could see Dutch re-purposing, and wasn't that surprising. Isn't that what you have for breakfast when you hike now, Dutch? Nice and warm, straight from the hammock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    ...So I got to thinking about the insulating properties of food....
    I get it, Dutch! You're starting to think like a bear.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Mmmmmm....camper stuffed burrito supreme....(sound of bear/Homer Simpson drooling).

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    Oh, and BTW, be careful with your edible film hiking. It says it dissolves in cold water, and I think that would include those nice morning mists you get on the trail. You could wake up in a puddle of mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and oatmeal. Or what if you pulled a Jeff and smashed your apple cider in your bag? You would get to camp with a bag of mush! Or if you pee in your gatorade bottle in your hammock, and it springs a leak (another reason to just get up!) Don't quit your day job just yet, Dutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishinFinn View Post
    Or what if you pulled a Jeff and smashed your apple cider in your bag? You would get to camp with a bag of mush!
    The retelling of that story was amusing.

    "Hey Jeff, your pack is leaking"

    "Oh. What does it taste like?"

    LOL
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Good god!

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