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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: Economy Trail Runners?
I just wore a pair of cheap Starters from Walmart that had the most mesh I could find. Yes, they don't have as good traction (lugs) and won't last long (a season at most), but as long as th...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Economy Trail Runners?
August 17, 9:21pm

Re: over
Bummer. Do they do those extra sales fairly often?

In Gear Deals » REI Outlet - 25% off
August 13, 7:40am

Re: REI Outlet - 25% off
Is the extra 25% off done now or do you need to be a member? I was going to try a different pack for my son.

In Gear Deals » REI Outlet - 25% off
August 13, 6:39am

Re: Re: Re: Wind River current conditions
Thanks for the info. I may hold off a couple days to give some more melt time. Did you write a report on your trip last year? I have Pallister's book but haven't found too many current r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River current conditions
July 08, 1:37pm

Re: New Waterproof lightweight camera help needed fast
Too late now, but this is what I used to make my S100 waterproof (I've only used it a couple times in shallow water). Not the most convenient but gets the job done with some minor (to me) limit...

In Photography » New Waterproof lightweight camera help needed fast
July 07, 9:57pm

Re: Wind River current conditions
I must not be interpreting the NOAA data correctly. It appears there is essentially no snow west of the divide (SWE or snow depth overlays). The overlay I prefer (snow depth departure from normal) ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River current conditions
July 07, 9:35pm

Re: FS: Salomon Men's X Ultra trail running shoes (size US 13)
Sold

In Gear Swap » FS: Salomon Men's X Ultra trail running shoes (size US 13)
July 07, 6:39am

Re: powder
FWIW, you should never use soap in or near a water source. Even the biodegradable stuff is harmful to aquatic life. Also shouldn't if you've applied Deet/sunscreen. Anyway, yes, I normal...

In GEAR » Personal hygene (the naughty spot question)
June 30, 6:39am

Re: Wind River Bridger forest WY
We'll be too late for you this year. We'll be there around 23 or 24th I'd guess. Let me know how nasty the skeeters are. Seems to be little snow if I'm reading the NOAA data correctly.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Wind River Bridger forest WY
June 29, 9:16pm

Re: Re: Re: New tie-out idea...
I see. I agree. I use a piece perpendicular to each normal tieout to spread the stress over more of the edge.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
June 18, 5:39am

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