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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.
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My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Re: Child's pack
Can you comment on your son's size then and now? He seems fairly slender in the pics as is mine who is up to about 50" and 54 lbs now. I think his torso was 12-13" when I checked last...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 19, 10:16am

Child's pack
> everything at REI for kids weighs nearly 3 pounds (ridiculous for the size!) and all the UL kid's packs (MLD, etc.) cost WAY too much for me to buy for 2 children when they'll be outgr...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 18, 1:59pm

Re: Spot vs Inreach
If I read the Spot service page correctly, you must either pay $150/yr or $15/month for service which you can't suspend or turn off when not using it. Is this correct? If so, the DeLorme is ...

In GEAR » Personal locator Beacons (PLB's) recommendations
November 10, 10:27pm

Re: kids down sleeping bag recommendations please
I also just bought women's down bags (REI Sub Kilos) for my sons to use. My youngest started using it at 4.5 and is now 8. He's a major wiggler - woke up in the Wind Rivers with him layi...

In GEAR » kids down sleeping bag recommendations please
November 10, 8:52pm

Re: Here we go again!
> I have finally resolved, after three years of experimentation, that a large sized (wide) Neoair Xlite with the end folded over and held in place with my belt is THE answer for me. Interesti...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 21, 7:16am

Re: payment
Money sent

In Gear Swap » FS: Neoair Xlite large...
September 12, 10:43am

Learn to Packraft! update?
Ryan, No word in almost 9 months? You can give updates via sat phone about the treks you've been on this summer but can't take a few minutes to explain why you're so behind schedule on...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics
September 10, 8:25am

Re: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Large for $126
Xlite Large

In Gear Deals » Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite/XTherm
September 06, 8:19pm

Re: WTB large sleeping pad.
xlite large

In Gear Swap » WTB large sleeping pad.
September 06, 8:15pm

Re: Economy Trail Runners?
I just wore a pair of cheap Starters from Walmart that had the most mesh I could find. Yes, they don't have as good traction (lugs) and won't last long (a season at most), but as long as th...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Economy Trail Runners?
August 17, 9:21pm

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