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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

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About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.
CityFlagstaff
StateArizona
CountryUSA

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Re: Success!
Laurence and Marius, What fun. I'm glad to hear the project worked out for you. I use my cut down thermarest as my primary pad, and it's still going strong. Take care, Jay MYOG

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
April 11, 7:06am

Re: ti rods bending in heat
We are aware of this happening with some stoves. Mine works great with my alcohol stove; but some alcohol stoves burn too hot, or the combination of stove, windscreen, and pot creates an environmen...

In Make Your Own Gear » ti rods bending in heat
March 31, 6:23am

Re: Tale of Two Alphamid's ~ MYOG ~ Prototype Finished
Bill, Nice work on the prototype. My only concern is condensation coming in contact with the foot and hood of your sleeping bag. Sure you fit in it on your side, but if you move around at night,...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tale of Two Alphamid's ~ MYOG ~ U-L & SUL
March 28, 6:29am

Re: 5 minute, 1.6 oz pillow
Sounds like a good idea to me, too. I'm not sure how I would like sleeping with my head atop a plastic bag though. A few years ago I sewed several 1.1 ounce, non-silicone impregnated nylon bags abo...

In Make Your Own Gear » 5 minute, 1.6 oz pillow
March 28, 6:21am

Re: Waterproof zipper on bivy
What is called waterproof zippers and those that are called water resistent are the same thing in my book. The "waterproof" zippers I have used leak over time, making them only water resistent at b...

In Make Your Own Gear » Waterproof zipper on bivy
March 26, 7:52pm

Re: Tale of Two Alphamid's ~ MYOG ~ U-L & SUL
Bill, I really like how you introduce your projects. And this project sounds like fun to me. First a question, then a comment or two. As far as I know, BMW doesn't make an alphamid. Did you mean...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tale of Two Alphamid's ~ MYOG ~ U-L & SUL
March 21, 7:04am

Re: Re: Re: Hasty Hooch modification? by Minibull designs
If you're talking about the stuff I think you're talking about it's sometimes called "stitch witchery" (might have other names as well). Though I've never tried it on silnylon, it doesn't have much...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hasty Hooch modification? by Minibull designs
March 16, 6:08am

Re: Make your own UL notebook
Dale, That's a really cool idea. It could even go a step further using Rite in the Rain's water resistant notebook paper. Even barring that, it's still cool. Thanks for posting this. Jay MYOG

In Make Your Own Gear » Make your own UL notebook
March 15, 5:58am

CAD Software
These responses were copied from another thread, where this topic started. Jay, Regarding your search for an affordable CAD program. Consider using the draw features in Microsoft Excel. I ...

In Make Your Own Gear » CAD Software
March 14, 12:57pm

CAD Software
Here are the tasks I would like to perform with CAD software: -printable, full-sized patterns -catenary curves -2D drawing patterns and material lists (example: drawing a dome tent in 2D and h...

In Make Your Own Gear » CAD Software
March 14, 12:55pm

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