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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.
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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New Sawyer squeeze bags for 2013
They have apparently changed the bags for 2013. I didn't know there was such a problem until I read John's blog.

In Gear Lists » Am I missing anything?
January 24, 9:53am

Re: Midwest Gear List - Spring / Summer 2012
That's a huge pot for one person. Why not go with a Super Cat stove and beer can pot for essentially no cost? Though I guess you cook in the pot since you list a scrub pad. Do you really eat...

In Gear Lists » Midwest Gear List - Spring / Summer 2012
January 24, 8:23am

Re: Am I missing anything?
What location and season? > I think we need some sort of water filtration system Maybe you added this since you posted but you have a Sawyer Squeeze listed, which is a highly regarded filt...

In Gear Lists » Am I missing anything?
January 24, 7:21am

Re: cold extremities
> You already use a downmat but that would have been my first suggestion. I was stunned how big a difference going from a Prolite to a DAM made. Maybe you need a thicker one with > R-value (o...

In Multiple Use Gear » Popsicle Toes
January 24, 6:43am

Re: Sunshine in the Deep South
Did I miss Parts 2 & 3? I had followed their trail journal but always liked the articles Balls wrote, but just realized I never saw the next installment.

In Editor's Roundtable » Sunshine in the Deep South
January 23, 9:02pm

Re: Is there a decent non-lightweight forum?
Hello there, Michael Ray! Kind of weird talking to myself. LOL. Thankfully, I found this site very early when I got into BPing finally at age 42. My first major trip had a base weight where you are...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is there a decent non-lightweight forum?
January 22, 9:01am

Re: Re: Reccomend a camera for me. Quick please ;)
You can shoot the S100 in full manual mode, choosing ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focus, exposure compensation, flash compensation, white balance. Certainly not as fast to tweak it as a full-size ...

In Photography » Reccomend a camera for me. Quick please ;)
January 17, 8:48pm

Re: Go for the LX5
The Canons do the same so what makes the LX5 shine for you?

In Gear Swap » Also looking for a Canon S95/100 or Lumix LX5
January 17, 8:50am

Re: Teton Crest Trail
Bradford, PM me your email and I'll forward a tpo file of 3 routes Ryan Jordan has done of the Teton High Route. Another option that may be cheaper (if that is an issue for some), would be ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Teton Crest Trail
January 17, 8:11am

Re: WTB: Canon PowerShot S100 or Similar
You just missed the end of the year sale at Amazon. I picked up mine for $249, but they're $279 now (though that's still pretty competitive). If you don't mind waiting, you could try...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Canon PowerShot S100 or Similar
January 15, 7:26pm

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