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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 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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SOLD: Salomon Men's X Ultra trail running shoes (size US 13)
SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS: Salomon Men's X Ultra trail running shoes (size US 13)
June 06, 5:58pm

Re: UltimateHike for cancer
They have a "Create Your Own Adventure" for 2014 so you can set your own fundraising goals now!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » UltimateHike for cancer
May 30, 12:13pm

Re: 3M adhesives
> 3M's spray adhesives web site has several that list polyolefin (20, 24, 27, 72, 74, 76, 77, 90). Anyone know if any of those work? This would be your best bet. Polyolefin is known to re...

In Make Your Own Gear » Possible to use adhesive on "Polycryo"?
May 21, 1:08pm

Re: thanks guys
> 99% of the time im with a buddy or 2, we like to have big fires, hence the saw. OT, but I hope you're practicing leave no trace (or use only designated sites with provided fire rings). ...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day gear list
May 20, 7:31am

Re: PM
Sold to John (by less than 2 minutes!) pending payment.

In Gear Swap » FS: REI Super Nova Kids Backpack (10L)
May 20, 6:31am

FS: REI Super Nova Kids Backpack (10L) - SOLD
SOLD My son has outgrown this nice little pack. The closest current pack at REI is the slightly larger Sprig 12. It's not quite as bright blue as shown in the pic It has the little hi...

In Gear Swap » FS: REI Super Nova Kids Backpack (10L)
May 19, 7:44pm

Re: Re: Great Basin National Park - talked to a ranger
There's a forum member that lives right next to GBNP who could give you some advice when you decide to visit. Looks like he's not been active but he did reply to my PM a year ago.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Great Basin National Park? Or just head to the high desert....
May 15, 9:34pm

Re: Fly needed in GCNP in late May?
Hey, Steve. We were there late June last year (during the heat wave the SW was having). A tarp would be good for shade (your cuben must not be very translucent?). We used my LDPE one on our hike ou...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Fly needed in GCNP in late May?
April 23, 8:56pm

Re: The Great Smoky Mountains: Need some route ideas
Not sure what you consider epic but I enjoy views and those are hard to come by in the Smokies as you're normally surrounded by trees/brush. My favorite loop so far was AT from Clingman's D...

In Pre-Trip Planning » The Great Smoky Mountains: Need some route ideas
April 22, 9:35pm

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The Narrows was pretty low flow when we went last year about the same time but there were several holes you could actually swim if desired. I'd guess all the reservable campsites are taken n...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Zion national park June 20-25
April 22, 8:49pm

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