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Luke Schmidt (Cameron) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale The WOODS
About Me Pursuing Christ, relationships, and adventure in that order. Nicknamed "Chief" because I grew up with a tribe of vegetarian cannibals on a small island off the coast of Iowa.
CityMidland TX
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Snythetic vs. Down
Either will work. I know plenty of people have thru-hiked the PCT with down bags for example. I personally like snythetic quilts. I carry about a half pound more but I can go to bed damp and not...

In GEAR » synthetic vs down
October 02, 1:41pm

Private group?
I think there was a court case or a lawsuit over this issue. I think it basically boiled down to the fact that the scouts are a non-public institution so they can exclude people if they want to an...

In Chaff » BSA discrimination policy :(
October 01, 11:55pm

Eugene I think thats your best write up ever. Very enjoyable to read. The only problem is you let all the moms of the world in on the "Dads and Big Brothers Secret to Backpacking Bliss"...

In Post-Trip Reports » Overnight with the kiddos in the White Mountain Wilderness.
October 01, 11:25pm

Re Re Re Spray vs. Guns
Mike I agree with you. You might know more than me but my undertanding is fine motor skills go out the window under stress. This basically means that if you shoot well under stress you're rel...

In GEAR » Bear spray worked
September 30, 9:33am

Spray vs. Guns
The only scientific study I've seen on this issue is titled "The Efficacy of Bear Deterant Spray in Alaska." You can google it. The numbers seem pretty solid as far as I can tell. ...

In GEAR » Bear spray worked
September 29, 6:52pm

Renting bags
I'll look at the rentals. For what its worth the 0 degree bag is a down marmot, I forget the exact name. Its supposed to be conservatively rated. I think Daniel took it down to -5 once but I...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Black Diamond Beta Mid in High Wind/Snow
September 28, 10:12am

Re Re Wind
Dougles and Walter Thanks for the tips guys. I'm more interested in how the tent could handle moderate wind (for up there anyway), I know better than to try and weather a really bad storm up ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Black Diamond Beta Mid in High Wind/Snow
September 28, 9:09am

Thanks Bob, the Whites are infamous for their wind (on Mt. Washington a guest was recorded at something like 230 mph). Would you consider it pretty stable from the side? Basically our dilima is th...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Black Diamond Beta Mid in High Wind/Snow
September 27, 10:55pm

Black Diamond Beta Mid in High Wind/Snow
So my brother is into mountaineering and wants to take me along on a Presidential traverse this winter. We had thought about sleeping in bivy sacks but with the long nights that didn't sound a...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Black Diamond Beta Mid in High Wind/Snow
September 27, 10:23pm

I don't know any special spots in N. GA but I'd look for a spot with water, easy entertainment. Sounds like fun, enjoy it.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking with 5 Year Old in Georgia
September 26, 8:08pm

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