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James Jones (maniacjwj) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Colorado Rockies
About Me I'm over 50 years old but I have only been camping regularly for the last 14 years. I backpacked once about 16 years ago and then tried it again 10 years ago. My backpack itself weighed almost as much as my base weight for all my gear now. Then I read Ray Jardine's book as my first book on backpacking and started down the path of ultralight about 8 years ago.

In 2008, I had major back surgery and thought my backpacking days were over until I found a thread about using lumber packs.
CityColorado Springs
CountryUnited States
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Shoulder straps on lumbar pack
I don't use the shoulder straps because they would defeat my purpose. On the MountainSmith Daylight, there is a Delta Suspension System with load levelers. Basically, these additional straps ...

In Gear Lists » Lumbar pack (augmented by Gossamer Gear RikSak) gear list
May 04, 3:04pm

Purpose of a Tarp
I've always been a tent camper until my last 2 trips when I've used a ZPacks Hexamid Tarp but it comes down pretty close to the ground on 3 of the sides, leaving a gap for ventilation. I s...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Small Tarp
May 04, 1:56pm

Lumbar pack (augmented by Gossamer Gear RikSak) gear list
I had major back surgery fusing 3 vertebrate and held together by 6 big screws and 2 pins. I thought I would never backpack again until I read a thread on BackpackingLight that encouraged me to tr...

In Gear Lists » Lumbar pack (augmented by Gossamer Gear RikSak) gear list
May 04, 10:30am

Mountain Smith Daylight augmented with a Gossamer Gear RikSak
I pack less than 3 lbs in my RikSak 2.1oz with WM Highlite sleeping bag (16oz), Zpacks Hexamid Twin Tarp (Extended Beak with bug screen) at 11.75oz, Gossamer Gear Nighlight Sleeping Pad (Torso leng...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lumbar pack
May 04, 9:48am

Great, I'm glad I found this thread
I had major back surgery 2-3 summers ago (fusing 3 vertebrate together). I had been feeling great so I decided to give ultralight backpacking a try. I went on 2 backpacking trips, 18 miles and 30...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lumbar pack
June 18, 1:55pm

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