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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 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: WTB kids backpack
Perhaps something like this would work? I'd pick one up if I hadn't just gotten a Flash 22 for my son (52" tall). At the weights he'll be carrying (max 10 lbs) torso size isn't...

In Gear Swap » WTB kids backpack
April 24, 7:39pm

Re: Speading out the crew gear
I've never been there, but I'd expect it to be like any other outing where adjustments may need to be made on the fly. If it's obvious a Scout (or Scouter) is holding the crew up, it wo...

In Philmont » Speading out the crew gear
April 24, 5:59pm

Re: Durango or Silverton for train departure
Thanks for the tips. Windom will still be a challenge for him at only 52". While he likes climbing on rocks I can see where all those larger ones could tire him out.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Durango or Silverton for train departure?
April 24, 5:38pm

Re: parking / snow levels
Correct. You're also not allowed to "camp" in the city lots in Durango, which I assume means no sleeping in your car. I could do that at Walmart though. What are the snow levels lo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Durango or Silverton for train departure?
April 24, 2:32pm

Re: map error
> due to the TH being mismarked on National Geographic's map I assume you were using the 2011 Revision? I plan to do a similar loop with my son this summer so I'll be more observant a...

In Post-Trip Reports » A week in the Weminuche Wilderness Sept. 2014
April 24, 7:47am

Re: Ouray
Got it. I was thinking wilderness hot spring, not a pool in a city. I've been to Conundrum before and wouldn't take my 8 yo there. Hoping he's up to try Windom Peak. Given our pas...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Durango or Silverton for train departure?
April 23, 6:34pm

Re: Ouray springs
Is the Ouray springs clothing optional? Most likely will be in my Civic so no "fun" driving for us.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Durango or Silverton for train departure?
April 23, 3:55pm

Chicago Basin snow levels?
ETA: What are the current snow conditions for the Elk Park/Needleton loop? If I'm reading the data correctly (which is very questionable) it appears there isn't much there. I don't want...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Durango or Silverton for train departure?
April 23, 2:26pm

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

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