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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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Pure Leaf tea
Only 18.5 oz but should be what you want. Available at Walmart and Costco

In GEAR » Square water bottle ~ 20oz? Anyone?
March 14, 8:46pm

Re: Wow
Hope you don't have any trouble getting permits or reservations. The only one I have left to get is Zion Narrows. Our rough itinerary

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 14, 2:53pm

Re: Re: Re: Can I get a copy of that map?
How ironic. I'm doing this trip with my youngest (and drop him off at my folks) and then will be doing a 3+ week road trip with his older brother to hit NPs in the SW. We are starting at Arches...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 14, 10:02am

Re: Can I get a copy of that map?
Thanks, Luke. Chris, what dates are you looking at going? I'm guessing June 10-13 for us. I'm sure my son would love to meet up with some other boys while there.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 13, 12:45pm

Re: Can I get a copy of that map?
I had found this one in my searching, which seems to be an excerpt of the TI version, that barely covers everything in those Luke presented (I think).

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 13, 11:52am

Re: Why Humans Get Lost
Pretty amazing how he kept finding more stuff at the site on future visits. Also amazing he how got "lucky" on the Norman Cox find. Wonder if his latest hunch to find Bill in Joshua...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Humans Get Lost
March 12, 7:38pm

Re: Cameras
My neurons don't seem to recall as well as David's or Ben's. I like to relive the trip and share with others. I'm fairly selective on what I'll take pics of but will admit I'...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 11, 7:53am

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

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