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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

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About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.
CityFlagstaff
StateArizona
CountryUSA

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New Quilt
I agree you definately want the draw cord around the neck as it greatly expands the temperature range with minimal added weight. As for the hood I would recommend buying/making a separage down/synt...

In Make Your Own Gear » New quilt almost done but .....
March 13, 12:28pm

Great comments!
I want to thank everyone for the tremendous feedback and great ideas and tips. Kids are individuals too, and the same techniques won't work for all of them. As for Ivy and Elly, they really are...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids
July 18, 9:48pm

Re: Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
Great Sam! I can't wait to hear how it turns out. Pictures! Jay MYOG

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
May 31, 10:39pm

Re: MYO POLES
Ken, I'm not sure about the item number, but here are the specs off my shafts. GolfSmith; GS-50 HiCor; s-flex/LH; with Aerotech Powercoil Technology. When I bought mine, they were closeout p...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
May 14, 4:58pm

Re: Adjustable tieouts
Rod, Not a bad idea with the triple loop. I'll give it a try. Thanks, Jay

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
May 14, 1:28pm

Re: Re: Mega Light
Crazy Pete, In writing the "What's not so good" section, we are describing all the negatives or downsides with using a product. This is not our recommendations for improvement sect...

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
May 14, 1:25pm

Re: MYOG 5 Yards to SUL - Tarp Question
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "match up". When constructing my tarp, when I flipped and placed A underneath B, prior to sewing, the top of A's triangle is definately h...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG 5 Yards to SUL - Tarp Question
March 31, 1:26pm

Re: When can we expect part 4 - making the backpack?
Not exactly sure. The editorial staff has it, so it won't be long now. Jay MYOG

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
January 07, 6:17pm

Re: Re: Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
Mike, I'm working on a calculator of sorts for designing a catenary curve. I got the template for it from Roger Caffin, but it's not real user friendly yet. I hope to format it into some...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
December 07, 6:24pm

Re: Thanks!
Sam, Glad to hear you're going to give it a go. Have fun, and let us know how it turns out. Daniel, I generally don't use pins when I can avoid it, especially with so many long sea...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: 5 Yards to SUL, Part 3 - Tarp
December 07, 6:12am

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