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Luke Schmidt (Cameron) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale The WOODS
About Me Pursuing Christ, relationships, and adventure in that order. Nicknamed "Chief" because I grew up with a tribe of vegetarian cannibals on a small island off the coast of Iowa.
CityMidland TX
StateTexas
CountryUnited States
My Website URLhttp://westtexasmountainman.wordpress.com/

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Re: Re: Re: Re: i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
Justin what kind of raft did you try? I tried a Yak identical to Morgan's. Swimming issues aside I agree that bibs would help with that one. OTOH if you get a better deck you won't have...

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 26, 4:21pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
Ouch, Rusty how did it tear? My drysuit has no neoprene over the neck gasket so that might be a thing to watch.

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 25, 8:22pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
I have swam in rain pants, they seem fine. Short of a drysuit you'll eventually get wet no matter what IMHO. I would just use whatever rainsuit you like and call it good. Your plan to carry ...

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 25, 7:25pm

Wetsuit then drysuit
I would get a cheap farmer john wetsuit for starters. I think mine was $100 or less. Layer rain gear on top for splashing. Then save for a drysuit (if you want to do cold water). Mythic Gear ha...

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 23, 9:39pm

Another Idea
I like the first idea, but I think doing it in reverse is a better idea. I'm pretty sure that way you camp lower the first night. I really like the Pecos.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos for a beginner and a fat dog
August 22, 8:45pm

Re: Waterproof Down
I had plenty of condensation in my old Golite quilt this summer in B.C. No problem in Wyoming. Probably going back to synthetic for wetter trips. Yeah site selection would have helped but my opt...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
August 19, 8:02pm

More on that Kokepelli Packraft
I tried a prototype of that Kokepelli packraft at the APA Roundup, bought it and took it to Canada for a big trip. I liked what I saw. 1. The raft holds air better then Alpackas and can get ve...

In Editor's Roundtable » Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015 Wrap-Up
August 19, 3:23pm

Go for it but...
I would say go for it but think about a few things. The CT is a great hike but it does have a few sections along dirt roads and a few low elevation sections that people whine about. I loved it bu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Colorado Trail as Last-Minute PCT Alternate?
August 16, 7:13pm

Re: Re: Re: Colorado Springs Area/ Pikes Peak
There are several REIs in Denver, if you go to the downtown flagship REI there is another store down the street call Wilderness Exchange. Sometimes they have good deals. I would also suggest ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » CO Springs Area/ Pikes Peak
August 15, 11:45am

My Experience Breaking a folder (in a bad situation)
Just did a packrafting trip in Canada. It was wilder then most of the trips I do but it has forever changed my thoughts on knives in the woods. Basically we ended up in a "survival" ...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
August 15, 9:02am

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