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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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stove base
Mama shoot me an email and I will send you a write up I did explaining how to make a folding stove base like this one for a remote canister stove (WindPro here). It has places for the fe...

In GEAR » How much White Gas for snow camping
March 02, 5:16am

Stericard water purification
Jennifer could obviously use this at the opera. It only works with wine glasses...

In GEAR » Stericard water purification
March 01, 6:42pm

Sawyer squeeze vs. steripen
I have both. The SteriPEN is great for clear water. The fastest, easiest way I have ever used to have safe water. But I only want to use it for clean clear water, because even though my brain tells...

In GEAR » Sawyer squeeze vs. steripen
March 01, 6:40pm

less fuel
Yeah Jim I don’t doubt that you have much better figures. Most of my snow melting is actually in CA, but in the high Sierra. (Lots in your area too as I lived in Idyllwild for 4 years.) And I am ...

In GEAR » How much White Gas for snow camping
March 01, 6:32pm

MSR Superfuel vs Crown Brand
Uh, yeah. There is a big diff. One is white gas and the other is alcohol.

In GEAR » How much White Gas for snow camping
March 01, 6:11pm

Help me find the right ?
"Are you taking the poles?" The heck with the Poles, take the Spaniard. ;-) I love opera. Do Ray Mi Fa So La Ti Doh...

In GEAR » Help me find the right gear!!
March 01, 5:20pm

How much White Gas
I planned on 5 L a day plus meals and figured 5 oz a day that had a built-in factor for bad conditions. That worked for 3 flavors of XGK and my Coleman Xtreme.

In GEAR » How much White Gas for snow camping
March 01, 5:13pm

Examples of "Stupid Light
Oh, please don’t get the idea that Dave is a freeloader or anything like that. He just loves to experiment with UL ideas but won’t try them at home. (It would do any good anyway as he lives in ...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Light"
March 01, 4:29pm

Encapsil angst
What a wild thread. Just my takes. If this stuff is as good as they say I am stoked, but will never buy one as the price point is nuts. But get it down to maybe a slight premium? OK, even a reas...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia Encapsil ("Dry Down") Parka
March 01, 4:16pm

Help me find the right gear
Well no suggestion as to what will work best, but if you go for a cuben dress maybe a picture would be nice so we can all see, I mean learn from your experience... ;-)

In GEAR » Help me find the right gear!!
March 01, 3:43pm

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm