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Luke Schmidt (Cameron) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale The WOODS
About Me Pursuing Christ, relationships, and adventure in that order. Nicknamed "Chief" because I grew up with a tribe of vegetarian cannibals on a small island off the coast of Iowa.
CityMidland TX
StateTexas
CountryUnited States
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Re guadalupe mountains
I'm working on a trip report about that area but here are the basics. 1. There is no reliable water that you can legally use. There is a spring fed creek in McKittrick Canyon. But its such...

In Pre-Trip Planning » guadalupe mountains
September 02, 4:56pm

Not worth it
I'll second Clayton's opinion. Its solid pack as is. I used the 4400 a lot this summer. I don't much care for the pockets but I can live with them. A front pocket is nice, I made m...

In GEAR » HMG Porter Mods Question
August 27, 10:46pm

Re Re PIF bear spray
I did ship bears spray once (legally). I don't remember the details but there was a special form. If you have the right PO employee it might be easy, if no one is familiar with the regs it mi...

In Gear Swap » PIF Bear spray (Madison, WI)
August 24, 10:41pm

REI might have canisters
I think I remember seeing canisters at an REI in Dallas. A lot of Texas go up to Colorado so the stores stock mountain type stuff. Still I wouldn't count on it. I'm thinking I'll try ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Canisters now required in Big Bend NP
August 18, 8:50pm

Ursack looks okay for now at least
Since the Ursack is approved by IGBC it should be okay for now. They said they are developing a list so they may or may not approve the Ursack in the final rules. Major bummer since you already...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Canisters now required in Big Bend NP
August 18, 1:31pm

Re Re My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
Ian my understanding is they were hunted to extinction there then reintroduced during the 1970s. In the late 70s or early 80s my grandfather went hiking there and saw them. Back then they were so...

In Post-Trip Reports » My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
August 18, 10:55am

My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
I'm a teacher so I spent much of the summer of 2014 on a road trip through the west with stops for backpacking trips, a WFR course, the APA roundup and more backpacking trips. Here is a li...

In Post-Trip Reports » My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
August 17, 4:06pm

Guadalupe Mountains
I think the lowest (and warmest) was Pine Springs TH at about 5800 ft. The "Bowl" is around 8000 ft. It could be a bit warm down low but it cooled off once you got up higher. I ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Exploring the Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos Wilderness
August 17, 2:31pm

Exploring the Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos Wilderness
I had a fun trip in the Pecos Wilderness over spring break. I've posted a trip report here A Bit Scared in the Pecos There are also quick trip reports on exploring the Guadalupe Mount...

In Post-Trip Reports » Exploring the Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos Wilderness
August 17, 1:51pm

I got one
I just bought one. This summer I was in grizzly country a lot and a couple of times it was pretty hard to find a good bear hang. I still prefer hanging the food way out of the bears reach. But in...

In GEAR » Ursack Approved by IGBC
August 12, 9:07pm

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