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Luke Schmidt (Cameron) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale The WOODS
About Me Pursuing Christ, relationships, and adventure in that order. Nicknamed "Chief" because I grew up with a tribe of vegetarian cannibals on a small island off the coast of Iowa.
CityMidland TX
StateTexas
CountryUnited States
My Website URLhttp://westtexasmountainman.wordpress.com/

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Re Re Ice Axe Question
Yeah that was what I thought. I might err on the side of a bit shorter then recommended because I'll have it strapped to my pack a lot more then I'll actually us it. I won't be doing ...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Question
September 16, 9:00am

Ice Axe Question
My brother bought me an awesome Camp Ice Axe but thinks he picked one a bit on the long side. He was suggesting we send it back and get one 5 cm shorter. I was considering a more radical approach...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Question
September 16, 8:31am

I was just there
Very sad. Also somewhat creepy for me because I hiked down Cub Creek not too long ago at dusk. Actually I ran out of daylight and hiked to my campsite in the dark. Probably not a great idea.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fatal bear attack in Bridger-Teton NF, WY
September 16, 5:52am

Me too
I've thought about this basic idea a couple times myself, especially given Dave's success with the Paradox packs. I did take apart a couple old external frames so I could weigh the compo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lightened External Frame
September 07, 9:29pm

re mtns
I don't know about filters, I tried drinking tap water through a sawyer and it seemed pretty nasty. I don't think its the oil so much as minerals from well water. There aren't any oil...

In Pre-Trip Planning » guadalupe mountains
September 02, 8:43pm

Re guadalupe mountains
I'm working on a trip report about that area but here are the basics. 1. There is no reliable water that you can legally use. There is a spring fed creek in McKittrick Canyon. But its such...

In Pre-Trip Planning » guadalupe mountains
September 02, 4:56pm

Not worth it
I'll second Clayton's opinion. Its solid pack as is. I used the 4400 a lot this summer. I don't much care for the pockets but I can live with them. A front pocket is nice, I made m...

In GEAR » HMG Porter Mods Question
August 27, 10:46pm

Re Re PIF bear spray
I did ship bears spray once (legally). I don't remember the details but there was a special form. If you have the right PO employee it might be easy, if no one is familiar with the regs it mi...

In Gear Swap » PIF Bear spray (Madison, WI)
August 24, 10:41pm

REI might have canisters
I think I remember seeing canisters at an REI in Dallas. A lot of Texas go up to Colorado so the stores stock mountain type stuff. Still I wouldn't count on it. I'm thinking I'll try ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Canisters now required in Big Bend NP
August 18, 8:50pm

Ursack looks okay for now at least
Since the Ursack is approved by IGBC it should be okay for now. They said they are developing a list so they may or may not approve the Ursack in the final rules. Major bummer since you already...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Canisters now required in Big Bend NP
August 18, 1:31pm

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