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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 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: Fly needed in GCNP in late May?
Hey, Steve. We were there late June last year (during the heat wave the SW was having). A tarp would be good for shade (your cuben must not be very translucent?). We used my LDPE one on our hike ou...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Fly needed in GCNP in late May?
April 23, 8:56pm

Re: The Great Smoky Mountains: Need some route ideas
Not sure what you consider epic but I enjoy views and those are hard to come by in the Smokies as you're normally surrounded by trees/brush. My favorite loop so far was AT from Clingman's D...

In Pre-Trip Planning » The Great Smoky Mountains: Need some route ideas
April 22, 9:35pm

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The Narrows was pretty low flow when we went last year about the same time but there were several holes you could actually swim if desired. I'd guess all the reservable campsites are taken n...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Zion national park June 20-25
April 22, 8:49pm

Re: What about in the rain?
Will, I'd be interested whether it can be setup in a downpour without soaking the inside. Once you have the fly up, how difficult is it to pitch the tent under it?

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review
April 09, 9:33pm

Re: Relocated to Indy
I've not been active here lately so sorry for the late reply. I'm an hour west of you. I know there's a Louisville meetup group and an Indy one as well. For just hikes, there's a gr...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Relocated to Indy
February 10, 10:08pm

Re: 2-stake Poly-cryo Tarp
Did you put some kind of vent at the top? I'd think it would get pretty clammy being fully enclosed and non-breathable material. And is that David's set up behind your's?

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
February 10, 9:43pm

Re: Space blanket
> Also want to try doing this basic setup w/ a space blanket for comparison! I know a couple have tried that as well so would be interesting. My first one was aluminum coated LDPE (specifical...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
January 17, 11:20am

Re: Re: Re: polycro tarp strengthened w/ fiber reinforced packing tape
LOL. I use the razor blade screwed to a board method as well, David. :) Ryan, yes, the 2120 is not that strong but holds quite well IME. I think the polycryo would give before the tape would. On...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
January 16, 5:44pm

Re: polycro tarp strengthened w/ fiber reinforced packing tape
Two main reasons against traditional strapping tape are the adhesive isn't weather resistant and the film/fibers aren't UV resistant. I'm sure you've seen boxes where that type of t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
January 16, 10:27am

Re: Double Thickness Polycryo
The Duck kit is what I use. $4.50 on spring clearance at Walmart. :) Probably won't get that lucky again.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 25, 3:10pm

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