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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
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HMG Porter
I bought the 2014 version of the Porter 4400 when I realized none of my current packs could handle a packraft, PFD and five days of food. It works pretty well but the hipbelt doesn't transfer ...

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 5:20pm

Re Re Why Compromise
IMHO both the Lightning and the Unaweep are superior to the Porter. The Porter can carry 40-50 pounds but I don't feel the hipbelt transfers weight as well.

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 3:42pm

Re Re Light Options
Okay lets hold on a minute. The Unaweep is a big investment. If you already have a pack that can carry 40-50 pounds I might stick with it and do a couple trips first to make sure you know exactly...

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 12:29pm

Light Options
I went through a similar search recently. Best options under 3 pounds would be the following 1. Seek Outside Paradox Unaweek - I have not personally used this one but people more knowledgeabl...

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 12:21pm

Re T bar
You can (carefully) bend the frame back to where you don't feel the T-bar. The frame is removable btw.

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 08, 1:28pm

Good Shoes
I wore a pair packrafting in the Bob this summer. I liked the traction a lot better then my Altra Lone Peaks. Only bummer is the tops wear through pretty fast. At that price though hard to beat.

In Gear Deals » Merrell Ascend Glove $39.93 from Amazon (Prime eligible)
August 08, 9:06am

Re Re Bobwhite Packraft Loop
It was definitively a great loop and thanks to Dave for putting it together. A very good learning experience for trips I did later. I'll try to post pics later.

In Post-Trip Reports » Bobwhite Packraft Loop
August 01, 3:27pm

Make the First Trip Fun
If the 7 year old is interested in camping great! But I'd suggest a tent that everyone shares at first. That way he'll feel nice and safe and have fun. Later on you can introduce tarps o...

In GEAR » Okay, so here is the new scenario.....(family and solo backpacking)..what's the perfect set-up?
July 24, 6:51pm

Bugs
Just got out and bugs were bad at times but manageable with some DEET and long sleaves.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 19, 4:23pm

APA Packraft Roundup
This past weekend the APA (American Packraft Association) held their first packraft roundup at Big Creek Campground near Glacier Park, Montana. Day 1 Swiftwater Rescue Swiftwater Rescue soun...

In Post-Trip Reports » APA Packraft Roundup
July 19, 9:12am

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