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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
My Website URLhttp://westtexasmountainman.wordpress.com/

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Guadalupe Mountains vs. Big Bend
Just did another trip over Presidents Day. Big Bend was full, no backcountry permits in the Chisos Basin. In the Guadalupe Mountains I asked about Tejas Campsite, Bush Mountain Campsite and Blue ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay
February 18, 9:08am

Re: Alpacka Cargo Fly?
My raft has no fly, mostly because I bought it used and was cheap in any case. I didn't hear any complaints or mention of such failure at the packraft roundup. I'm happy with my curre...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 17, 9:56pm

Re: Re: Pecos Wilderness Route help
The Pecos gets decent hunting pressure in fall so I doubt there are many "habituated" bears. I have never used a bear canister in the rockies and I've never had a problem. Bear han...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness Route help
February 17, 9:00am

He still died
"They hate McCandless because his uncompromised nature reminds them of their compromised lives. Because he out-Alaskaned the Alaskans." That almost sounds like he won a contest. Let&#...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 12, 9:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Water
I think human pollution of the water is the concern not that we'll drink it all up. Agreed the water in most springs is nasty anyway. The only reliable water there is in the Canyon and the tr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay
February 11, 2:53pm

Re: Big Bend
Thanks I have been exploring Big Bend a bit lately. Its a bit farther for a weekend trip but amazing enough to justify the drive.

In Editor's Roundtable » Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay
February 10, 9:25pm

Re: oh rain paints, do i really need you?
I go back and forth on the rainpant issue. In warm weather I just hike in shorts and let them get wet. But if its cold and windy I like something on my legs. My experience has been that cold leg...

In GEAR » Rain Pants Colorado Trail
February 08, 9:51am

Re: Re hipbelt
Okay got it. I don't know what is wrong with sewing the webbing to triangles and putting them in the side seam. HMG does it and their packs carry weight fine. Actually if you want to build a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Connecting hip belt to back of pack
February 08, 9:45am

Re: Connecting hip belt to back of pack
First it would help to know what kind of pack you are making. A SUL pack to carry 15 pounds is way different then a pack to carry 35. Personally I think you are making it too complicated for ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Connecting hip belt to back of pack
February 08, 9:10am

Re: Off Trail Hiking in East Tennessee
Go before the poison ivy comes out. "Frowned upon" does not necessarily mean illegal. It should be okay in most wilderness area and NF land. One problem is in a dense forest there isn&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Off Trail Hiking in East Tennessee
February 07, 11:54am

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