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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: Good news!
+1 I only have 1 bag (REI Sub Kilo 20) and have used it from -2 to 70.

In GEAR » Sleeping bag help
May 17, 2:00pm

Re: I'm a Phony Lightweight Backpacker
> A hard shell food bucket is required so I added a 6 gallon plastic bucket with lid. What type of pack are you experimenting with that can fit a 6 gallon bucket??? You could have made a pack...

In Chaff » I'm a Phony Lightweight Backpacker
May 17, 1:57pm

Re: Bears
The NPS is very good about shutting down sites for a while that have had excessive bear visits. 28 had been closed just before my trip that year so I went to 26 instead. Currently 113 is closed for...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2 night trip in the Smokies
May 17, 1:13pm

Re: Differences between the Jam and Pinnacle
What does your's measure wingtip to wingtip (where the buckle straps attach) if you stretch it out? Mine is about 33" so it could never go below that without modifying the pockets also. Pe...

In GEAR » Differences between the Jam and Pinnacle
May 17, 12:42pm

Re: Re: Differences between the Jam and Pinnacle
> I also wear a 32 waist pant and have a fair bit of adjustment left on my belt. I could probably get 2 more inches tighter. We must wear the packs much differently. Is your's also a larg...

In GEAR » Differences between the Jam and Pinnacle
May 17, 10:05am

Re: Bears in Smokies
The 5-6 or so I ran across all took off as soon as they saw/heard me. Standard common sense applies of course.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2 night trip in the Smokies
May 17, 10:00am

Differences between the Jam and Pinnacle
This is for those considering getting the new Jam. I took the new 70L Jam (size large) out for an overnight and here are my impressions compared to the 2009 Pinnacle (also in large): 1. I definite...

In GEAR » Differences between the Jam and Pinnacle
May 17, 7:28am

Re: Stay AWAY from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge
+1 to avoiding PF/Gat. Should be Exit 451 off I-40. If you wanted to see the western side, go in via Maryville and 321. Cades Cove loop road is typically busy so I wouldn't go there. Have...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2 night trip in the Smokies
May 17, 6:25am

Re: RE: Maroon Bells
I'd encourage you to check out other areas like I did. You'll run into less people, too. FWIW, I found the Sky Terrain map superior to the Trails Illustrated one.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Maroon Bells, Four Pass Loop
May 16, 8:55pm

Re: Maroon Bells, Four Pass Loop
Just like the rest of the Rockies, you could get about any weather. Records low for Aug is about 20. More commonly near 40, but you could get snow or ice. Afternoon storms are fairly common. If ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Maroon Bells, Four Pass Loop
May 16, 8:04pm

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