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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Backpack recommendations for a 12 yo girl...
> I am not convinced kids need a pack with a suspension, but I do use CCF pads as frame sheets for added comfort. >I think what others have said about keeping their kid's overall load ...

In GEAR » Backpack recommendations for a 12 yo girl...
December 06, 2:55pm

Re: TAR airtap
I'd seen their airtap before but would prefer not to put a hole in my liner even though you can "cap" it.

In Multiple Use Gear » Schnozzle schmozzle
November 29, 8:24pm

Re: sewing through duct tape
David, Curious what size needle and thread you were using? I couldn't go more than 10-15 inches at a time without adhesive all over the needle when I sewed through the 3M 2120 (eg, transparent...

In Make Your Own Gear » How to join polycro to silnylon?
November 28, 6:12pm

Re: First solo MYOG Project - Insulated Tyvek undermitts
As mentioned Frogg Toggs aren't tyvek and are quite fragile if bushwhacking at all. Not sure how they would hold up if you use poles. If you really used material from the kids set as implied, y...

In Make Your Own Gear » First solo MYOG Project - Insulated Tyvek undermitts
November 28, 5:57pm

Re: Schnozzle schmozzle
I'll have to try this again I guess. I had the same idea once I moved from a small to a large Neoair recently, but could never get a good enough seal on the valve with my trash compactor bag.

In Multiple Use Gear » Schnozzle schmozzle
November 28, 2:32pm

Re: Re: How to join polycro to silnylon?
You'll find that sewing through the duct tape David G mentioned will be a major pain (gumming the needle). The bad part is not much sticks well to polycryo either, but I'd also try using...

In Make Your Own Gear » How to join polycro to silnylon?
November 28, 12:24pm

REI Flash 22 for $29 & free shipping
Just picked one up to try out.

In Gear Deals » REI Flash 22 for $29 & free shipping
November 27, 6:58pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Child's pack
I think my son maxed at 9 pounds with water in the Wind Rivers. Had a down bag, sandals, sleep clothes, jacket/gloves/hat and rain suit. Oh, and a small stuffed Pokemon. :) As long as I can get ...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 19, 8:10pm

Re: Re: Child's pack
Can you comment on your son's size then and now? He seems fairly slender in the pics as is mine who is up to about 50" and 54 lbs now. I think his torso was 12-13" when I checked last...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 19, 10:16am

Child's pack
> everything at REI for kids weighs nearly 3 pounds (ridiculous for the size!) and all the UL kid's packs (MLD, etc.) cost WAY too much for me to buy for 2 children when they'll be outgr...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 18, 1:59pm

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