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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 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: Windshirts
I think the main reason I haven't felt compelled to spend the money on one is that my normal hiking shirt (BPL Thorofare) pretty much acts like one. It's tightly woven so insects can't ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 11, 7:36am

Re: Heet vs canisters
> 12oz bottle of HEET is $5 on Amazon.. 12 boils 4oz canister of isobutane is $4.5-5.50 and is 15+ boils. never leaks, never spills, boils 1.5c of water in 3 minutes. That's some seriousl...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 11, 7:29am

Re: over mitts
Cesar, I'm with you. The only time my hands were cold from rain, I just pulled the arms of my DriDucks over them. Maybe I need to hike in cold blowing rain more? Stephen, You're making...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 09, 6:34pm

Re: hooded?
No. A pic can be seen in this thread

In Gear Swap » FS - JCP Puffy Jackets for COST + SHIPPING
March 09, 6:08pm

Re: Hiking Pants
> 13.5oz warm up pants (nylon outside, thin mesh inside) Cut out most or all of the mesh to reduce weight and dry time > they don't dry very fast and weigh a ton when they are wet ...

In GEAR » Hiking Pants
March 09, 3:21pm

Re: Zpacks or MLD Rain Mitts
FYI John Abela's recent blog on these

In GEAR » Zpacks or MLD Rain Mitts
March 09, 3:06pm

Re: Suggestions Please
I'd still try a few smaller loops, but there are decent trails all over the park. Do check the closures page though as several in the NW side are likely still closed from storm damage. Not sure...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help with Smokies Trip
March 09, 2:46pm

Re: FS/FT: New Patagonia Sunshade shirt (Men's M)
Bump

In Gear Swap » FS/FT: New Patagonia Sunshade shirt (Men's M)
March 09, 1:36pm

Re: Badly need advice. 5-7 days. California. Early April.
In early April, any of the good mountains will be full of snow and cold. Public transportation in the US outside major metro areas is pretty pathetic compared to many parts of the world. I'd...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Badly need advice. 5-7 days. California. Early April.
March 09, 11:48am

Re: can learn on own but practice
+1 to what Brian said. Practice is the easiest way. Keep an eye on the topo as you're moving on familiar trails so you can picture what the topo is showing you. Things are much more difficult w...

In Philosophy & Technique » Navigation
March 09, 10:40am

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