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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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Re: The Hype of Dehydration and Heatstroke
I wish the author explained more of what they found in the runner that kept gaining heat in the ice bath. Fascinating subject since my son and I will be doing Grand Canyon and a little Death val...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Hype of Dehydration and Heatstroke
April 10, 9:53pm

Re: heh
And I'm another side sleeper that likes the Neoair. :P I use the short original version and am 5'8" and 160. Ill admit I've only had one other inflatable though so not much to comp...

In GEAR » Is a thermarest "Neo-Air" actually worth the price difference?
April 10, 10:58am

Re: NB #s
They've been using the system Maris indicated for 2 years now supposedly. I wish they would have included the last style in the model number. They allow you to search what shoes are made with e...

In GEAR » Question for New Balance fans
April 05, 9:07pm

Missing hiker on Mt Hood found
Didn't see that Eric Chan already posted this. PCT 2010 alumnus apparently.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Missing hiker on Mt Hood found
March 31, 11:30am

Re: Hanging food to prevent Mice/Rodents from pillaging
I made a flat disc from a pie pan that I put above the clip that held my food bag. Don't know if a critter ever tried. I haven't used it since those 10 days in the Smokies since I now us...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging food to prevent Mice/Rodents from pillaging
March 30, 7:08pm

Re: Chlorine vs chlorine dioxide
It was me, not Colin, that had responded. I also use just plain household bleach and carry a Frontier Pro, but have never actually used it. The likelihood of cysts is quite small in reality and I t...

In GEAR » That "Hydration Revolution" from Sawyer
March 15, 3:14pm

Re: FS: Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Crew Men's Large
Are these still available? My son has outgrown the M size. :(

In Gear Swap » FS: Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Crew Men's Large
March 15, 2:59pm

Pending payment
Sold pending funds.

In Gear Swap » FS/FT: New Patagonia Sunshade shirt (Men's M)
March 15, 9:23am

Re: Re: tarp from 2 mil plastic
Edit: guess I can't post ONLY a link. Polycryo is superior to painter's plastic I also use my DriDucks jacket as a half bivy to protect the bottom of my bag.

In Make Your Own Gear » Gear Hacking Goodness : Duct Tape, Tyvek, Subway bags, and other magical materials
March 15, 7:01am

Re: tarp from 2 mil plastic

In Make Your Own Gear » Gear Hacking Goodness : Duct Tape, Tyvek, Subway bags, and other magical materials
March 15, 6:59am

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