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Art Tyszka (arttyszka) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Minnesota
About Me 43, and in some of the best shape of my life after losing 50 lbs a couple years ago. I've always loved getting "out there" and backpacking is one of my preferred ways. I spend as much time as I can backpacking and car camping with my kids during the Summer. I'm an avid target shooter and enjoy kayaking with my family, ATVing and snowmobiling, and just about anything that get's me in the outdoors.
CityPlymouth
StateMN
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.loyalshepherd.com
My PDF Gear List3 Season Solo Gear List

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All Forum Posts by Art Tyszka

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Rae Lakes Loop, June 2014
Words just don't describe the beauty of this place. ~52 miles between June 22-27, 2014. Rae Lakes loop clockwise with a few side spurs to add some time and scenery. Hope you like it https:...

In Post-Trip Reports » Rae Lakes Loop, June 2014
July 05, 8:19pm

Pertex Shield
John, I bought Luke's Silnylon jacket with pit zips 2 years ago, and ended up later getting the Pertex Shield. After hiking in Sil a couple times I realized the breathability was worth the lit...

In GEAR » Which Luke's Rain Jacket for Virginia AT in Early October
June 07, 11:38am

Re: Re: Forecast
You guys rock, much appreciated.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 30, 9:32am

Forecasts?
Aaron, one more question - you mentioned checking the forecast right before the hike, how do you do that? The SEKI backcountry office or is there something online somewhere that accounts for the d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 29, 7:53pm

Re: Re: CW I guess
Aaron, thanks. The itin and mileage was put together by my buddy planning this, I'll let him and the third member know.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 29, 7:44pm

CW I guess
I just got this itinerary from the guy planning, so looks like we're going CW. I know this is challenging terrain, but this seems overly slow. I'll have plenty of time to enjoy the scener...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 29, 1:25pm

Re: June 22
Aaron, thanks again for the insight. We might just see each other, our tentative plan (waiting for planner to get permits) is to start out on June 22, but I'm not sure if we're going CW or...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 29, 6:58am

Re: Re: June 22
Aaron - MUCH appreciated. I'm planning to bring my cuben SoloMid with perimeter netting, do you think that's sufficient for the average bug pressure at the end of June? I've seen some...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 28, 9:13am

June 22
Cody, we're planning to hike the Rae Lakes Loop starting out June 21. I'll be watching this thread closely since it's my first trip to the Sierra's and I'm having spotty succes...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes loop 6-11
May 27, 7:21pm

Re: Re: Price reduction
Virginia, you may want to modify the price in your original post too. I'm surprised this is still available, it's a fantastic pack at a good price with no wait from Ron.

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Exodus backpack - size M
May 12, 11:21am

All Reader Reviews by Art Tyszka

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation X
This was my first quilt, and I couldn't be happier. I needed a new cold weather bag, so I went with the 20F 6' Wide and had the 30% over stuff. The loft on this quilt is incredible, more tha...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
May 29, 5:53pm

gossamer murmur
I would have liked to give the 2012 Murmur a 4.5 if I could have. My only criticism is that the stitching is not as well done as I would have expected. There were a few loose threads in some of the ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 09, 7:20pm

REI Revelcloud Jacket
I actually liked a lot about this jacket, but I ended up returning it to REI for one simple reason - it didn't keep me warm. The fit and quality is excellent, I especially like the breast pocke...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
December 17, 12:14pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
I couldn't ask for more in a lightweight down insulating layer. The MB UL Down Inner Parka is awesome in every regard. The fit of the XL is perfect for me and leaves plenty of room for a fleec...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
December 17, 12:07pm

Exped SynMat UL 7
I spent a fair amount of time researching the available pads before I upgraded to an UL sleeping pad. My sleep and rest is too important to me to use a foam mat, as a side sleeper, I need more suppor...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 13, 9:48am