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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 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 Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Hayduke Trail (Terry)
Terry, In case you haven't found her yet, Wired is currently thru hiking the Hayduke and she gives lots of helpful advice on her blog.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 13, 10:03am

Re: mylar for tarp
Al (George) Geist preferred the mylar over LDPE material but took the latter to Philmont because of the danger hail posed to mylar. I didn't even bother with mylar and started with LDPE and mov...

In Make Your Own Gear » mylar for tarp
April 13, 7:01am

Re: #3
Thanks for the advice, Ed. One young lady is athletic enough for it, but fairly girlie/prissy, so she may be fine. The other one and the leader are not in good shape yet and having trouble finding ...

In Philmont » What 2015 Itinerary Did You Get?
April 13, 6:54am

Re: #3
I will not be going but 4 from our Crew will be. Since they got #3 (the first choice), in looking at the specs for it my only real concern for them (especially the 3 females - 1 a leader) is from S...

In Philmont » What 2015 Itinerary Did You Get?
April 12, 9:28pm

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

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