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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

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About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.
CityFlagstaff
StateArizona
CountryUSA

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Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight Part 2, Stuff Sack
Frank, Dave at Oware is great to deal with, and has the fabric. I would definately use him for a source. Unfortunately, making a single stuff sack is less economical because you have to buy ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight Part 2, Stuff Sack
December 01, 8:33pm

Re: resurrection - felled seams on a cat curve
Sorry Ben...I'm cranking them out as fast as I have time.:) And thanks to those who have answered your question. I'll add that I don't rely on the sewing machine's feeder dogs to drag the fabric th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cat cut/flat cut tarp?
October 24, 8:57pm

Re: Camera Bag
zip lock (aloksak) lined with bubble wrap. You could use double sided tape to adhere the bubble wrap to inside of the aloksak. Jay MYOG

In Make Your Own Gear » Camera Bag
July 20, 6:50am

Re: Kelly Kettle - Great stove idea
Bill, That's the picture of what Ryan ended up with. What Ryan was asking Roger and I to create would be a "kelly kettle"-like stove. This would have the "stove" part, which would have been easy...

In Make Your Own Gear » Kelly Kettle - Great stove idea
June 20, 7:52am

Re: Help! Quilt Stitch - Foot Box
I made one of these about 8 years ago from the description in Ray's book. If the technique is the same now as then, you cut a piece of card stock (cereal box material) as wide as your bag is thick ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help! Quilt Stitch - Foot Box
June 20, 7:32am

Re: re pultruded tubing
Roger, Good point. I also mentioned this in a post on 4/11, but it is good to reiterate the potential weakness. I have yet to break one of the pultruded poles (and my kids haven't broken theirs ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
June 05, 11:22pm

golf club poles
David, I might have been too hasty in my assessment of golf shafts. With the overlap, you might have something that will work. I don't think everyone will find such a great deal on the shafts, a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
April 25, 7:14am

Sourcing fore grips
Eric, Good question above. I'm not sure whether the price difference verses durability is worth it yet. Mine have survived 3 canyon trips so far, which in remote Arizona and Utah equates to trai...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
April 25, 7:09am

Re: MYOG Project: Trail Runner OverBoot - Part 1
Bill, I'm interested, but mainly in regards to the bottom. I want to make some neoprene overboots that use the running shoes' bottom as the sole with relatively decent water resistence. This wou...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Project: Trail Runner OverBoot - Part 1
April 20, 6:47am

Re: carbon shafts arrived
I've found a weakness in the carbon kite rod material that wasn't apparent upon first inspection. While they are reasonably stiff, they are very brittle when stepped on. I stepped on one of the cut...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
April 11, 10:20pm

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