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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
StateTexas
CountryUnited States
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Gear
Sounds good, and point out that some UL gear is just simpler. I have packs that are even tougher then that Osprey but they have less bells and whistles on them. Army gear has lots of pouches and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 08, 2:20pm

Re: Shoes
Justin - Yeah the V2s are a bit tight on my small toe. My problem is a have square feet so shoes with pointy ends don't work well for me. Dan if you can wear Innov8s then the New Balance V2...

In GEAR » Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
March 07, 10:40pm

Re: Inov8 XTalon 212 Wide toe box
Thank Chad but I doubt that will work. For reference I bought the "wide" version of the New Balance Minimus V2 Trail Shoe and right now I think I will send them back. I went ahead a...

In GEAR » Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
March 07, 5:13pm

Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
I've about done wearing out my Altra Lone Peak 1.5s and I need a similar shoe but ideally one that last longer and has better traction. Has anyone tried the Topo Athletic MT shoes (or any Topo...

In GEAR » Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
March 07, 1:57pm

Looks Frameless
I googled it and it does not appear to have a frame. There is a youtube review where it clearly looks frameless. I'd go for something with a frame and a truly adjustable torso (i.e. like on a...

In GEAR » Jansport Katahdin 40 for 13-year old?
March 04, 7:22pm

Re: Re: Overnight hikes near Orlando?
I wonder if you might see more if you rented a canoe or kayak. I don't know that area well but my friends seem to have better luck seeing gators and other critters paddling versus hiking in Fl...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Overnight hikes near Orlando?
March 04, 6:43am

13 year olds and friends etc.
I always liked to bring multiple kids instead of just one. I took my littlest brother out as part of a larger group many times before I took just him. I was afraid he'd get bored by himself. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Big Bend with a 13-year old
March 02, 7:37pm

Re: Big Bend with a 13-year old
Are you going over Spring Break? The big issue there will be getting permits and campsites, it could fill up fast. Rather then retype things I'll give you a link to my thoughts on kids an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Big Bend with a 13-year old
March 01, 8:41pm

A similar pack
My inclination would be to get a new Kelty pack and try again. Bring a needle and strong thread just to be safe. I don't think Kelty would be selling a pack that routinely fell apart that fas...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 7:51pm

Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
So you have 8 weeks but you want to hike for about 2 weeks is that correct? I guess it depends on your goals and comfort level. Here are a couple ideas I'll rattle off in no particular order ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 01, 4:41pm

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