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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 17 and 8 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
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My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: 295?
Bummer, that's what I wear, too, though much smaller size. I'd go to the Roclite 295 then. I had waffled between the two to begin with and I think the only difference was the soleplate was ...

In GEAR » Recommendation for PCT thru-hiking shoe (to replace Inov-8 Roclite 315)
April 16, 6:29am

Re: Re: Re: Hayduke Trail (Terry)
No problem. I've followed her since about mid way thru her PCT hike, then the CDT and AT and now Hayduke this year. She's a wealth of info (look at her pre-hike posts) and she will likely d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 13, 8:52pm

Re: Hayduke Trail (Terry)
Terry, In case you haven't found her yet, Wired is currently thru hiking the Hayduke and she gives lots of helpful advice on her blog.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 13, 10:03am

Re: mylar for tarp
Al (George) Geist preferred the mylar over LDPE material but took the latter to Philmont because of the danger hail posed to mylar. I didn't even bother with mylar and started with LDPE and mov...

In Make Your Own Gear » mylar for tarp
April 13, 7:01am

Re: #3
Thanks for the advice, Ed. One young lady is athletic enough for it, but fairly girlie/prissy, so she may be fine. The other one and the leader are not in good shape yet and having trouble finding ...

In Philmont » What 2015 Itinerary Did You Get?
April 13, 6:54am

Re: #3
I will not be going but 4 from our Crew will be. Since they got #3 (the first choice), in looking at the specs for it my only real concern for them (especially the 3 females - 1 a leader) is from S...

In Philmont » What 2015 Itinerary Did You Get?
April 12, 9:28pm

Re: Trail Runners
I was hoping this wasn't a recent change so thanks for the confirmation.

In Philmont » Are boots required now?
April 06, 7:49pm

Are boots required now?
Someone just told me this and looking at the Guidebook to Adventure, it does say boots are required, but I was wondering if this is what it has always said since I know quite a few have used trail ...

In Philmont » Are boots required now?
April 05, 8:36pm

Re: Re: Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
> I think Nisley tested propore (Dri Ducks, Frogg Toggs, etc) to rate to about a .33 CFM. Conversely, the best eVent rates at .5 CFM, making the best eVent noticeably more breathable. I see e...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 27, 5:39pm

Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
> I have never carried a separate wind shirt. I'll wear a tightly woven nylon shirt if I need bug protection. > Instead of a wind shirt I carry my eVent rain park and use it as a wind ...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 26, 7:47pm

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