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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 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: Space blanket
> Also want to try doing this basic setup w/ a space blanket for comparison! I know a couple have tried that as well so would be interesting. My first one was aluminum coated LDPE (specifical...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
January 17, 11:20am

Re: Re: Re: polycro tarp strengthened w/ fiber reinforced packing tape
LOL. I use the razor blade screwed to a board method as well, David. :) Ryan, yes, the 2120 is not that strong but holds quite well IME. I think the polycryo would give before the tape would. On...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
January 16, 5:44pm

Re: polycro tarp strengthened w/ fiber reinforced packing tape
Two main reasons against traditional strapping tape are the adhesive isn't weather resistant and the film/fibers aren't UV resistant. I'm sure you've seen boxes where that type of t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
January 16, 10:27am

Re: Double Thickness Polycryo
The Duck kit is what I use. $4.50 on spring clearance at Walmart. :) Probably won't get that lucky again.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 25, 3:10pm

Re: Tie out failure
You could also use the washers, of course, but I got the impression you were against those for some reason. Strapping tape should be fine though. I have used the transparent duct tape with success.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 24, 5:52pm

Re: Tie out failure
> I just checked the tarp and had three tie outs failed. One on a corner and two on the sides. The strap and shock cord just pulled out. Have shock cord as side tie outs. The tape did not fail n...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 24, 5:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Polycryo Tarp With Closable Ends
> BTW, I have stopped using nylon sail repair tape after several of the tie-outs let go. Good, I was wondering if I'd done something wrong. LOL. I will use longer pieces next time to get ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 20, 11:06am

Re: Backpacking With A Thermometer
> I like the advertised features of this thermometer but why do you still carry it if it is off by 30* for daytime highs? Ian, The temp inside his pack was artificially inflated because of s...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Thermometer
October 30, 11:03am

Re: footwear
> (We recently passed a guy hiking the 28-mile "Four Pass Loop" outside of Aspen with five fingers. He was about 1/3 around, miserable with bleeding feet...just dumb) As already sta...

In Philmont » Sleeping bags and footwear for Philmont
October 29, 1:52pm

Re: In 10 Days across Switzerland
I'm curious why camping is prohibited along a 230 mile trail. Are there many gasthaus along the way?

In Editor's Roundtable » In 10 Days across Switzerland
October 16, 8:19pm

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