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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: Fbc
He means use some cold water for those items that take a long time. You then add those and the needed hot water when ready to make the whole meal later. Another tip is to scratch half cup marks ...

In GEAR » Time/weight/volume - how to make freezerbag cooking actually work
November 25, 10:43pm

Re: Ideal tie-outs?
> Scotch-brand clear packaging tape might work as well; it's certainly cheaper. Maybe to hold the tieout, but not for the loop. It's also not UV resistant. Please report here your ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
October 31, 1:54pm

Re: Re: Ideal tie-outs?
> The first is to attach the corner guys with a sheet bend, Ray Jardine-style. I'm surprised it distributes the force better but if it works for you, go for it. I'd think it would cau...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
October 29, 7:05pm

Re: Midwest GGG this fall
Wish I could make it but once again too far for me (even farther than last time). If anyone arranges one closer to IN, let me know.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Midwest GGG this fall
October 24, 8:50pm

Re: Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
Nice rehash, and what you've learned over the years is especially insightful. Thankfully, I got to that point (KISS) pretty fast. I "fear" the flying insects more than weather so hope...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
October 23, 9:52pm

Re: Space blanket
> Has anyone tried doing this with space blanket material? Technically, my first one (shown in my avatar as well) was since it's aluminized, but it's LDPE rather than mylar. The origi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
October 16, 6:40pm

Re: Ideal tie-outs?
You could run a stake through the grommets to take it to the ground (assuming you're using nail/hook stakes). I normally use bowline knots so have a smaller loop of line around the grommet that...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
October 16, 3:49pm

Re: I need to show this to my son's future troop
Sounds like the typical old-school troop. You and your son can be the groundbreakers. :) You will need to be able to accommodate any group gear, but you can suggest lighter alternatives. The 70L...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightweight Scouting Dissertation
September 17, 2:50pm

Re: Good points re: wife - question re: layers
> I think she is a lost cause but my daughter very much wants to go car camping at least! That's good. Your wife will let you go out more so she can get a break. You get more quality time...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightweight Scouting Dissertation
September 12, 10:11am

Re: adding the wife
Not to get my own topic off track much, but my advice on getting your wife involved would be to make it a date (no kids). Make it easy and comfortable for her. If she has fun with you she'll be...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightweight Scouting Dissertation
September 12, 9:01am

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