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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 17 and 8 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: New lightweight Philmont Cooking Technique
Thanks for the detailed description. So the clips are really serving no purpose in the middle pic - they're just not getting lost. ;) They'd be clipped along one side of the top edge to hol...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
August 20, 6:05pm

Re: Gas canister use in cold
Steve, I'd always invert so the propane % would remain as close to original as possible. Our time near 0 F will be very small compared to you in the Great White North. I'd considered th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gas canister use in cold
August 19, 8:25pm

Re: Re: Gas canister use in cold
Roger Caffin wrote: > On the whole, I suspect that the problem was that the half-empty MSR canister had little propane left in it. This is a well-known problem. Start with a full canister and a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gas canister use in cold
August 19, 2:30pm

Re: New lightweight Philmont Cooking Technique
For those that use the turkey bag style, do you spoon, pour or squeeze out (like an icing bag) the portions for each crew member from the bag after re-hydration? Al, I really like your techniqu...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
August 18, 11:32am

Re: Why Philmont? How much "higher adventure" for your troop?
Jim Colten wrote: > I've finally accepted that there's a basic level of discomfort offering a trip when none or at most one of the crew are familiar with the destination area. We've...

In Philmont » Selection guidance requested
August 18, 9:13am

Re: Fibraflex poles
The clips held the pole sections together (until he shock-corded them). The legs aren't adjustable in length (except you don't necessarily need to use all the sections if some need to be wa...

In Photography » Sub-four oz. carbon fiber tripod
August 14, 3:13pm

Lightest P&S with tilt/swivel LCD?
I have and love a Canon A620 but it's on the heavy side. It seems after the 650 they have dropped the tilt/swivel LCD for the most part. I'll never buy another camera for me without that fe...

In Photography » Lightest P&S with tilt/swivel LCD?
August 13, 9:19am

Re: Re: Houdini
Edit: Thought I had found a medium but as it turned out they sold last one yesterday.

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Summer Sale 8/11-8/20
August 13, 8:37am

Re: Fundraising for Philmont, etc?
Standard unit profit for popcorn is 32%, but can be 35% if certain conditions are met (or an additional 4% if you forgo Trails End prizes). In Cub Scouts, our unit split that profit with the Cub 50...

In Philmont » Fundraising for Philmont, etc?
August 06, 6:39am

Re: No TP?
Raw? I'd say it would be just the opposite, helping prevent monkey butt and all. Three "wipes" with a handful of water gets everything nice and clean. Maybe chilly in the winter I sup...

In GEAR » No TP?
August 02, 10:29am

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