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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: PIF / JCPenney Down Jackets / Vests at cost + ship
I checked my store tonight and they still have several of these. Sounds like Jared may be out.

In Gear Swap » PIF / Dirt Cheap Down Jackets / Vests
February 22, 7:15pm

Re: .6 mil interior film?
I'm using indoor kits. Duck brand doesn't list a thickness. The Scotch one someone gave me says 0.75 mil.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
February 18, 6:52pm

Re: Re: Lost in blizzard, facing death, couple finds love
Story link How about never travel without a map and compass? "unable to read their malfunctioning GPS"

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lost in blizzard, facing death, couple finds love
February 14, 2:33pm

GC permit
Grand Canyon permit is secured. :) The only thing left to reserve is Zion Narrows.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
February 11, 11:12am

Re: Scout pants
These must be what you're talking about (in Moss Green). How much do they weigh?

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » UL pants close to official BSA color?
February 07, 3:25pm

WTB: UL nylon pants close to official BSA color
I can't afford to buy right now so I have a few items for trade if anybody has a pair or two of 36x30 (or longer) nylon pants they could part with. My son needs them as a White Stag staff membe...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » UL pants close to official BSA color?
February 04, 1:04pm

WTT: my son needs bigger size in Men's Capilene & nylon pants
My son has outgrown some stuff I'd gotten for him, and I can't afford to replace it now so I'm looking to trade. Everything used I have is good shape - nearly always air dried, non-smok...

In Gear Swap » WTT: my son needs bigger size in Men's Capilene & nylon pants
February 04, 12:29pm

Re: Where to buy Inov-8 295s in NYC?
Their site lists these 2 in NYC: Cross Fit 212 84 Franklin Street New York NY 10013 Tel: 212-226-8382 That is NOT a shoe store though, so I'd call first. Footlocker 112 West ...

In GEAR » Where to buy Inov-8 295s in NYC?
February 02, 9:39am

Re: polycro vs heat sheet as ground cloth
Polycryo is definitely more durable for a groundcloth.

In GEAR » polycro vs heat sheet as ground cloth
February 01, 7:13am

Almost already done for you.
"Wandering Daisy" is working on an update to her book to emulate Roper's HSR in the Winds. You may ask her how far she has come. Her book.

In Pre-Trip Planning » WInd River Route
February 01, 7:04am

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