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

Re: Fabric choice to increase durability of Frogg Toggs rain wear?
Seems like an incredible pain for little gain. The only place I seem to tear up is around the wrists which don't matter too much. After 3 years I did finally add some transparent duct tape arou...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fabric choice to increase durability of Frogg Toggs rain wear?
March 09, 10:11am

Re: Canisters in a Pot with a Kovea Spider
FWIW, I fit my Windpro, windscreen and a small canister in the Walmart grease pot, which is somewhere near 1.5 L I think. I take it when I have both boys with me.

In Philmont » Stoves at Philmont
March 09, 9:55am

Re: seam failure
Thanks for the info. It's nice to know they'll hold a fair amount of snow load. I'd also guess the adhesive on the provided tape isn't superior to some of the other tapes we'...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
March 07, 5:08pm

Re: Polycryo Tarp Torture Tested to Death
Cool! Was there a reason you had done tape-to-tape on this one? I assume this is the nylon sail repair tape? I have 2 rolls on their way here. Do you have an estimate of wind speed and direction...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
March 06, 8:28pm

Re: WTT: next size up Capilene (need M bottoms / L top), boxers, and 36 pants
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In Gear Swap » WTT: next size up Capilene (need M bottoms / L top), boxers, and 36 pants
March 06, 1:32pm

Re: FS/FT: New Patagonia Sunshade shirt (Men's M)
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In Gear Swap » FS/FT: New Patagonia Sunshade shirt (Men's M)
March 06, 1:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: August 4 pass loop
Sorry for the delay, Michael, as I didn't subscribe to this thread. The trail was only difficult to follow at times on my side trip to Pierre Lakes Basin. That is NOT an official trail. Ther...

In Pre-Trip Planning » August 4 pass loop
March 06, 1:18pm

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