Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 34

Thread: Duct Tape

  1. #1
    Registered User Duff's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-08-2009
    Location
    WIlliamsburg, Virginia
    Posts
    86

    Default Duct Tape

    How much duct tape do you carry?

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-22-2010
    Location
    Fernandina Beach, Fl
    Age
    54
    Posts
    273

    Default

    I have about 3/4 of an inch wrapped around a pencil that I have carried on my hikes for the last 5 Or 6 years. I really don't use a lot of it out there. I find it useful for hot spots and I think I patched up a boot once. I find good cordage is more useful.

  3. #3
    Registered User Nutbrown's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-05-2011
    Location
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Posts
    531
    Images
    3

    Default

    I roll a few feet around a hiking pole. This is for section hikes though.

  4. #4
    Registered User Lyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-25-2006
    Location
    Croswell, MI
    Age
    61
    Posts
    3,348
    Images
    68

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Nutbrown View Post
    I roll a few feet around a hiking pole. This is for section hikes though.
    Same here.

    Keep in mind, you are only doing a series of section hikes, even if you are a thru-hiker. Plenty of opportunities to buy more and replenish what you carry.

  5. #5
    Registered User Samson's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-10-2012
    Location
    Brandon, MS
    Age
    37
    Posts
    52

    Default

    I used to keep a few wraps around my nalgene until I had a tent pole catastrophe and needed a lot more. Now I carry a flat pack. Weighs about an ounce and has three yards or so on it.
    I hold my wife's purse at the mall to stay close to my testes.

  6. #6
    Registered User coach lou's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2011
    Location
    Old Saybrook, Connecticut
    Age
    57
    Posts
    4,409
    Images
    400

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Nutbrown View Post
    I roll a few feet around a hiking pole. This is for section hikes though.
    Same-Same here

  7. #7
    Garlic
    Join Date
    10-15-2008
    Location
    Golden, CO
    Age
    57
    Posts
    4,130
    Images
    2

    Default

    A couple of feet in its own roll. I keep it off my trekking pole--why lift it several million times over the course of a long hike?
    "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." John Muir on expedition planning

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    10-10-2007
    Location
    Freehold, Dirty Jersey
    Age
    31
    Posts
    211

    Default

    I got about three of four feet worth wrapped around my knife handle. It serves a dual purpose since my knife has an olive drab handle and is very hard to find if dropped in the middle of the night.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-31-2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Age
    36
    Posts
    4,276
    Images
    17

    Default

    I roll it around my pole until it's thick enough to easily loop cord around it to hold up a tarp.

    More important I think is the type of duct tape. On my last trip I brought Gorilla Glue Duct Tape. It's very sticky and doesn't seem to creep, but it's too stiff.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-29-2008
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Florida
    Age
    60
    Posts
    3,289

    Default

    About 24" wrapped around the film can that holds my sewing needle, a few pins and safety pins, some waxed dental floss, and some nylon thread, and maybe a spare button.
    The trouble I have with campfires are the folks that carry a bottle in one hand and a Bible in the other.
    You never know which one is talking.

  11. #11
    double d's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-10-2007
    Location
    Chicagoland, Illinois
    Age
    46
    Posts
    1,108

    Default

    Duck tape is like mothers milk to a hiker, so I just throw a whole SOL brand tape from REI in my backpack and not worry about it (yes, I know, all of my UL friends get mad at this, but its not much tape and its not heavy).
    "I told my Ma's and Pa's I was coming to them mountains and they acted as if they was gutshot. Ma, I sez's, them mountains is the marrow of the world and by God, I was right". Del Gue

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-06-2008
    Location
    Murphy nc
    Age
    55
    Posts
    2,778

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Duff View Post
    How much duct tape do you carry?
    Too much. Can't remember when I actually needed/used duct tape in the field. I think I have about a foot or so wrapped around my hiking poles...I should take Garlic's advice.

  13. #13

    Default

    The myth busters made a hammock,kayak,tarp,and more,But I don't usually bring that much.

  14. #14
    just a little loopy jerseydave's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-26-2010
    Location
    NJ
    Age
    52
    Posts
    415
    Images
    35

    Default

    Because of my recent attempt at lightening my load I am now down to 3 rolls.
    I find that if I kinda "stack them all together" the center hole in the rolls holds the quart of olive oil perfectly.

    jd
    YOURSELF Find, Know, Be

    click HERE to become rich!

  15. #15
    Registered User Wise Old Owl's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-29-2007
    Location
    High up in an old tree
    Posts
    14,057
    Journal Entries
    17
    Images
    70

    Default

    Save that for the humor forum - honest I don't carry any - I have never used duct tape in 25 years of hiking. I do carry a small amount of electrical tape on the pole - cus its less messy.
    Last edited by Wise Old Owl; 04-29-2012 at 00:11.
    If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

    Woo

  16. #16
    Garlic
    Join Date
    10-15-2008
    Location
    Golden, CO
    Age
    57
    Posts
    4,130
    Images
    2

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by daddytwosticks View Post
    Too much. Can't remember when I actually needed/used duct tape in the field. I think I have about a foot or so wrapped around my hiking poles...I should take Garlic's advice.
    Another good question for this forum would be, "How much duct tape have you actually used on a thru hike?" I've never used more than a foot total. On the AT I made a few patches for my trash compactor bag pack liner and fixed one small tear in the pack itself. The only time I used more than a few inches at a time, on any hike, was to make a major repair on a spinnaker cloth pack I tried once. Spinnaker was a mistake. The duct tape worked great, though. I always carry it in my first aid kit.
    "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." John Muir on expedition planning

  17. #17

    Default

    Don't carry it. Never missed it.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

  18. #18
    Registered User Wise Old Owl's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-29-2007
    Location
    High up in an old tree
    Posts
    14,057
    Journal Entries
    17
    Images
    70

    Default

    See FB we can agree on a few things...
    If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

    Woo

  19. #19
    Registered User Nutbrown's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-05-2011
    Location
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Posts
    531
    Images
    3

    Default

    The times I've used it, nothing else would do, and we would have been up a creek without it. 1. my feet sweat and would blister when I wore boots. Band aids would slide off. The tape was the only thing that worked. Not even sport tape would hold. 2. My friend's sole came mostly off her boot. She had a duct tape shoe for the rest of the section, but worked fine.

  20. #20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    See FB we can agree on a few things...
    Quite a few, I expect.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •