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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 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: Luke's TR / fees?
Your trip didn't seem too rough, just cut too close re: food/water. My son could do the trail though it would take us much longer. I don't care for long walks through woods when scenic view...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 02, 9:04am

Re: Re: August 4 pass loop
My trip report has a link to the videos in the first paragraph. Figured that may be more useful rather than pointing you only to the vids as I cover more things that I didn't on the vids. I ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » August 4 pass loop
March 02, 8:29am

Re: Trips for Michael
Thanks, Luke. Link is bad, but if Iron Mtn was tough on you then it's not for my 6 yo. :) I think I'd want 6 days to do 46 miles (assuming there's lots of gain/loss) and don't think...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 01, 11:08pm

Re: August 4 pass loop
I saw maybe 15-25/day while on the proper loop route (not lakeside campsites and half my route was not the normal loop). I also went CCW while I think most go CW so I was going over Buckskin less t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » August 4 pass loop
March 01, 10:52pm

Re: Help with Smokies Trip
If you're only good for 15 miles in MI, you may want to tone it down a bit to start off. You might also consider doing it backwards so you start with the easy stuff. Another idea is instead ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help with Smokies Trip
March 01, 10:40pm

Re: Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
Y'all are making me want to take my son there the second week of June. I'd been considering the Smokies again or Roan Mtn area but that's more of a thru-hike or out and back and I prefe...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
March 01, 9:54pm

Re: WTB MLD Sil Cricket or convince me otherwise
Would you like to borrow my polycryo tarp to play with? I designed it to pitch half pyramid, but I could modify it for other pitches. Original LDPE version with bug netting next to its somewhat ...

In Gear Swap » WTB MLD Sil Cricket or convince me otherwise
March 01, 8:32pm

Re: Indiana?
Also in Indiana but don't have many free weekends at this point. I could do first week of Apr. I'll be in the Deam Wilderness Apr 19-21 with at least my sons (and hopefully a few other S...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Midwest GGG
March 01, 8:16pm

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 01, 8:09pm

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In Gear Swap » FS/FT: New Patagonia Sunshade shirt (Men's M)
March 01, 8:05pm

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