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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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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Durango or Silverton for train departure?
Trying to figure out which would be best for my young son and I. I'm intending for us to get off at Elk Park, head toward CDT and loop around to Chicago Basin and then down to Needleton. Tim...

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

Re: Hayduke Trail (Terry)
Terry, In case you haven't found her yet, Wired is currently thru hiking the Hayduke and she gives lots of helpful advice on her blog.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 13, 10:03am

Re: mylar for tarp
Al (George) Geist preferred the mylar over LDPE material but took the latter to Philmont because of the danger hail posed to mylar. I didn't even bother with mylar and started with LDPE and mov...

In Make Your Own Gear » mylar for tarp
April 13, 7:01am

Re: #3
Thanks for the advice, Ed. One young lady is athletic enough for it, but fairly girlie/prissy, so she may be fine. The other one and the leader are not in good shape yet and having trouble finding ...

In Philmont » What 2015 Itinerary Did You Get?
April 13, 6:54am

Re: #3
I will not be going but 4 from our Crew will be. Since they got #3 (the first choice), in looking at the specs for it my only real concern for them (especially the 3 females - 1 a leader) is from S...

In Philmont » What 2015 Itinerary Did You Get?
April 12, 9:28pm

Re: Trail Runners
I was hoping this wasn't a recent change so thanks for the confirmation.

In Philmont » Are boots required now?
April 06, 7:49pm

Are boots required now?
Someone just told me this and looking at the Guidebook to Adventure, it does say boots are required, but I was wondering if this is what it has always said since I know quite a few have used trail ...

In Philmont » Are boots required now?
April 05, 8:36pm

Re: Re: Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
> I think Nisley tested propore (Dri Ducks, Frogg Toggs, etc) to rate to about a .33 CFM. Conversely, the best eVent rates at .5 CFM, making the best eVent noticeably more breathable. I see e...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 27, 5:39pm

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