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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 17 and 8 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Trail Runners
I was hoping this wasn't a recent change so thanks for the confirmation.

In Philmont » Are boots required now?
April 06, 7:49pm

Are boots required now?
Someone just told me this and looking at the Guidebook to Adventure, it does say boots are required, but I was wondering if this is what it has always said since I know quite a few have used trail ...

In Philmont » Are boots required now?
April 05, 8:36pm

Re: Re: Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
> I think Nisley tested propore (Dri Ducks, Frogg Toggs, etc) to rate to about a .33 CFM. Conversely, the best eVent rates at .5 CFM, making the best eVent noticeably more breathable. I see e...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 27, 5:39pm

Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
> I have never carried a separate wind shirt. I'll wear a tightly woven nylon shirt if I need bug protection. > Instead of a wind shirt I carry my eVent rain park and use it as a wind ...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 26, 7:47pm

Re: Amateur Backpacking Videography
I'm sure they are simpler to operate but is there any Gopro that doesn't have the fisheye effect? Or zoom? I've been quite happy with my Canon S100. I prefer taking video to pics for my...

In Editor's Roundtable » Amateur Backpacking Videography
March 11, 1:44pm

Re: Tyvek tape?
I don't think so but let us know how it goes. For an emergency shelter as you're intending, making a ripstop version is a waste of time and will greatly increase the weight. I personally...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 10, 7:56pm

Re: Polycryo Sheet Size, Tapes
I use the Duck patio kit as David described and 2120 tape. I use the Duck window kit mentioned for groundcloths (I've only made 2 s far). David, Have you given up on the nylon sail repair t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 10, 11:24am

Re: Thanks!
Then I think you should consider the half pyramid like I make. Perhaps not as roomy as an A frame, but easier to pitch, good in storms and you don't really need a door though I did make one and...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 10, 7:11am

Re: 2015 edition
The patio door kit is the largest I know of (7'x10'). I have also seen rolls but I think they were only 4' wide. If it's the shrink film then it should be the real deal. It may be t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 09, 2:11pm

Re: Wheeler/Latir Peak instead of Pecos Wilderness?
A 14-mile day trip may be a bit much for him unless he's motivated, which he could very well be to bag the highest point in NM. We did something close to that our last day in the Winds (from In...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wheeler/Latir Peak instead of Pecos Wilderness?
January 05, 11:59am

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