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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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Wheeler/Latir Peak instead of Pecos Wilderness?
While his older brother is at Philmont I was going to take my 8 year old for a couple trips "nearby" (late June, early July). This past summer we did 39 miles in the Wind River Range. I w...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wheeler/Latir Peak instead of Pecos Wilderness?
January 05, 9:30am

Re: Kids and altitude
M&Ms FTW! Melt in your mouth, not in your hand. :) It's true some people have little appetite at altitude for hikes less than a week. I'm one of them. I only use 1.2 pounds per day f...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite August trip with kids 9 and 11 years old
January 04, 3:41pm

Re: Yosemite August trip with kids 9 and 11 years old
A. I suspect your kids will adapt better than you but everyone is different and some people may have significant issues that you won't know until you get to altitude for a while. I wasn't s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite August trip with kids 9 and 11 years old
January 04, 12:55pm

Re: Pecos Wilderness snow June 2015?
I'm also planning to be there in later June (starting 27th or 28th) with my 8 year old and then heading to the Weminuche while his brother is at Philmont.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness snow June 2015?
January 04, 12:23pm

One last chance!
Get your name in the waiting list - they just posted this to their FB. "We've also been slammed with about 10X our usual number of orders. Extra staff has been brought in to handle the ...

In Gear Deals » Sixmoondesigns sale tent
December 29, 12:54pm

Re: delivered???
Received in the Midwest on Sat.

In Gear Deals » Sixmoondesigns sale tent
December 29, 12:47pm

Re: Sixmoondesigns sale tent
Ditto. I'd been hoping for a sale on these so I picked up two (though it was a major pain to get the cart to work properly for some reason in both IE and Firefox.)

In Gear Deals » Sixmoondesigns sale tent
December 23, 7:59am

Re: Backpack recommendations for a 12 yo girl...
> I am not convinced kids need a pack with a suspension, but I do use CCF pads as frame sheets for added comfort. >I think what others have said about keeping their kid's overall load ...

In GEAR » Backpack recommendations for a 12 yo girl...
December 06, 2:55pm

Re: TAR airtap
I'd seen their airtap before but would prefer not to put a hole in my liner even though you can "cap" it.

In Multiple Use Gear » Schnozzle schmozzle
November 29, 8:24pm

Re: sewing through duct tape
David, Curious what size needle and thread you were using? I couldn't go more than 10-15 inches at a time without adhesive all over the needle when I sewed through the 3M 2120 (eg, transparent...

In Make Your Own Gear » How to join polycro to silnylon?
November 28, 6:12pm

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