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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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Re: Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans
I think the Forest Service needs to make some “training” grenade bear canisters. They would be rigged with a pressure switch and loaded with capsicum. When a bear grabbed it or knocked it over ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans at Yosemite
August 26, 4:40am

Re: Heineken plus Caldera cone. How much fuel to boil?
I have never needed more than 0.8 fl oz to boil up to 20 fl oz of water. I do have the Fosters, not the Heinie. http://tinyurl.com/bqe58ze

In GEAR » Heineken plus Caldera cone. How much fuel to boil?
August 24, 9:24pm

"whenever i see an ad for campbells CHUNKY soups i get REALLY offended" Dang Eric, at least they say it has extra big pieces... ;-)

In GEAR » Golite/Eureka "NIGOR" Packs.
July 20, 9:58pm

what am I
I have a Spanish name but look more like my mom's Russian. Does that make me a Spigor? Hmm, SW Spigor seeks lightweight Nigor for low volume fun. Outdoors lover a plus...

In GEAR » Golite/Eureka "NIGOR" Packs.
July 20, 9:55pm

FS: misc gear
Updated Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite:Sold Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri w/Inferno add-on: (Made for wood-burning) Also comes with Open Country 3 Cup Hard Anodized Pot, pot lifter, insulated ...

In Gear Swap » FS: misc gear
July 04, 5:18pm

holding up
Yes they are, but now that most of my hiking is in MN where we have pretty good soil it is a lot easier on my stakes than when I was in the Sierra most of the time. I am taking them out right now f...

In GEAR » MSR Carbon Core vs Groundhog Mini Stakes
June 29, 3:13am

Yes, I know that Eric. (And it happens with any bag, not just down.) The only way to "get rid of it" is to let the bag thaw so you may be right that it could help there. But when it never...

In GEAR » Best 2-bag Sleep System for Deep Winter?
June 29, 3:09am

re: DWR down for winter
"Personally I feel every down winter bag should have the down fill treated with one of the new down DWRs" Why? At -20 F you aren't going to fall in a creek or get caught in a rain ...

In GEAR » Best 2-bag Sleep System for Deep Winter?
June 28, 8:37pm

Yeah, I have the Carbon Cores. Actual weight each: 0.19 oz (5.4 g) http://tinyurl.com/9fysgze

In GEAR » MSR Carbon Core vs Groundhog Mini Stakes
June 28, 8:27pm

re: ruta locura
Nice stakes. The MSR Carbon-Core Stakes are lighter... ;-) http://tinyurl.com/9fysgze

In GEAR » My new ruta locura carbon fiber tent stakes ROCK.
June 28, 6:12am

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm