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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: Tyvek tape?
I don't think so but let us know how it goes. For an emergency shelter as you're intending, making a ripstop version is a waste of time and will greatly increase the weight. I personally...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 10, 7:56pm

Re: Polycryo Sheet Size, Tapes
I use the Duck patio kit as David described and 2120 tape. I use the Duck window kit mentioned for groundcloths (I've only made 2 s far). David, Have you given up on the nylon sail repair t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 10, 11:24am

Re: Thanks!
Then I think you should consider the half pyramid like I make. Perhaps not as roomy as an A frame, but easier to pitch, good in storms and you don't really need a door though I did make one and...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 10, 7:11am

Re: 2015 edition
The patio door kit is the largest I know of (7'x10'). I have also seen rolls but I think they were only 4' wide. If it's the shrink film then it should be the real deal. It may be t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycryo Strength Analysis
February 09, 2:11pm

Re: Wheeler/Latir Peak instead of Pecos Wilderness?
A 14-mile day trip may be a bit much for him unless he's motivated, which he could very well be to bag the highest point in NM. We did something close to that our last day in the Winds (from In...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wheeler/Latir Peak instead of Pecos Wilderness?
January 05, 11:59am

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

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