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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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frost happens
Roger is right on. The Black Diamond (or earlier Bibler ToddTex) fabric will get frost from frozen condensation just as much as anything else. Maybe one of the worst nights I ever saw was two of...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Nallo 2 Frost and Condensation
January 02, 2:42pm

same as Esbit
Is is the fuel itself. Esbit is the same way.

In GEAR » There Is Something Fishy Here
December 31, 12:04pm

Yes, Sarah. All of the attachments are the same across the entire Platy line. I often leave the Clean bag at home and just use my Hoser, but as you are getting the 2L (I have the 4L) I can see j...

In GEAR » Platypus 2.0L GravityWorks Filter System
December 28, 5:07pm

SnowShoe boots
If all you are doing is easy terrain and snowshoe use then a pair of warm Sorrel-type boots will work fine. That is all I use now in MN. But as most of my stuff in CA involved climbing and cram...

In GEAR » SnowShoe boots?
December 28, 5:02pm

The Scout reminds me of my first tent, an Army surplus pup tent with the poles inside like that. Weighs a bit less though...

In GEAR » New Big Agnes Tents
December 28, 4:55pm

Ha, It sure sounds like you ARE agreeing with me Jennifer. The Sidewinder is better for wood use.

In GEAR » Caldera cone Question?
December 28, 4:56am

Any woman that wants to can submit an article proposal. It's easy. It's fun. It's a way to listen to endless angst... (I am pretty sure Endless Angst is an Emo group;-)

In Editor's Roundtable » 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 27, 7:10pm

wood burning
I disagree. For focusing on wood burning the wider Sidewinder works better as it presents more surface for the wood fire. For solo use with alcohol the narrow pots work fine as the 10-12 stove p...

In GEAR » Caldera cone Question?
December 27, 7:02pm

http://tinyurl.com/7akbc8a There is a 700 with the ULC. If you look at the other reviews you will see some other systems I have with other small pots too. My favorite is the Fissure with Mini...

In GEAR » Caldera cone Question?
December 27, 3:43pm

I gave up on sporks after poking a hole in yet another freeze-dried meal while stirring. Switched to a long Ti spoon four years ago and love it. If I am planning something that could really use a f...

In GEAR » Sporks SUCK!!!
December 27, 4:52am

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm