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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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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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"the "best" gear is what allows you to do the most ... that could be a 20$ wallymart bag or a 1000$ fancy uber mutant goose one" Dang it Eric. Now I have to find the Über Mu...

In GEAR » "likely, the best backpacking sleeping bag in the world."
November 30, 3:55pm

Like Greg said you just need to zoom in on the area you want to "explore". The right click method is quickest once you are used to the program but the magnifying glass icon will do it too...

In GEAR » any tips for TOPO?
November 30, 12:10pm

more discussion
“A bag and an overbag weigh more than a quality expedition bag.” This is absolutely true. And if you plan to spend much time at extreme low temps I highly recommend a very good sleeping bag....

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 7:30pm

Hola, Ricardo, mi amigo. ;-) I learned that I need to use tinyURL for the links here as it blows the page up. Some day I need to learn how some of us embed the link. I can't see a way, but I...

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 6:58pm

There is a footbox, it is just flat, instead of anatomical. Don't want to mislead anyone.

In GEAR » Flat foot box on Zpacks bags compared to other types. Thoughts?
November 28, 6:55pm

Flat foot box thoughts
Michael W, what Jason is referring to is the depth of the footbox. He had it sewn 8" further up the quilt towards the head creating a deeper pocket. Up until a couple weeks ago every quilt ...

In GEAR » Flat foot box on Zpacks bags compared to other types. Thoughts?
November 28, 5:09pm

Combining two down bags for warmth
I just did it last Thursday. We had a storm coming in and my son wanted to spend the night in it so I set up a new shelter outside the living room window so my daughter could "see" us. I ...

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 4:47pm

Camping in the Snow
I'm inspired and can't wait to try it out. ;-) Great article, Roger.

In Editor's Roundtable » Camping in the Snow
November 28, 12:52pm

I'm sorry but I read it three times before posting and could not get what you were trying for. Was there a question in there? Now it seems you are asking about fit. What are you looking for?

In GEAR » Q - Down Jacket, proper fit
November 28, 7:42am

protecting face
Unless I absolutely have to I don't cover my mouth. I have neoprene and fleece face-masks and they either freeze up or make too much fog around my face, fogging my goggles/glasses. As long as m...

In GEAR » Recommend a hat/balaclava
November 27, 11:37am

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