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a backpacking washing machine?

Postby dave54 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:22 pm

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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby markskor » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:04 pm

Interesting concept, and only 6 ounces too.

Might even consider getting one except -
I don't stink...ever, :^o
Someone else would have to carry it,
and right now I do the same washing thing using my Bearikade.
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby Bluewater » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:07 pm

I just use a gallon zip lock bag, but this looks like it might work better. The shape of the bag might help it double as a comfortable inflatable pillow, which would help justify the 6 oz weight. . . just sayin'.
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby gary c. » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:58 pm

Not that I ever bothered but I thought that was what bear cans were for?
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:04 pm

hmm. where is all your food when you're using your bear can for a washing machine?

I just put my clothes in the lake or stream. no soap. Good enough while out.

And, Markskor has never really been downwind of himself. :puke:
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby quentinc » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:45 am

Presumably your food is right beside you and your bear canister while you're scrubbing, so there shouldn't be any issue. But I follow Russ's approach. I hate soap-flavored food.
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby copeg » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:19 am

I've always used a garbage bag (which multi-tasks as waterproof covers for cloths and such) or my bear canister. I've tried to let the water sit in the sun for a few hours hoping the black color of the canister would help it warm up for bathing...no such luck. Never had a problem with bears eyeing my food while outside the canister during bathing, but I am cautious and do keep a watchful eye nonetheless.
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby Jimr » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:28 am

I just use my old, trusty and crusty yellow collapsible bucket. Washes dishes, clothes and heat some water and add for a warm sponge bath.
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby oldranger » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:39 am

6ounces here and six ounces there and pretty soon you are carrying as much as Russ.

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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby rlown » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:42 am

:D reduced my weight significantly over the last 3 years. It's the goodies that get in the way of a constant 52lb starting pack weight.
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:48 pm

Wow, people wash clothes in the backcountry? :D Perks of going solo. :unibrow:
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Re: a backpacking washing machine?

Postby rlown » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:51 pm

you never know who you might meet and it keeps you feeling fresh. Not everyday, mind you. sometimes it as simple as just jumping in a lake; moving around and then changing into the secondaries.
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