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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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windshield VS heat exchanger
In my use (and Dave's as we used his test unit together) I say HE all the way. The Eta Express is the fastest boiling stove I have ever used and the MSR Reactor is the second fastest and the...

In GEAR » windshield VS heat exchanger!?
March 15, 6:26pm

double closing stuff sack
I remember those. I never understood them myself. If I want it to be packed tighter I used a smaller stuff sack. (In fact I never did use theirs.) I didn't see the point in the extra weight and...

In GEAR » Product similar to Montbells double closing stuff sack...
March 09, 1:43pm

add this for a while

In GEAR » Sleep system help please
March 09, 5:28am

double summer use?
Well that does not really compute for me. With a canister stove I use 1 oz of fuel for three or four days in the summer. With alcohol I use 3/4 oz per day in summer. Melting snow and bringing it to...

In GEAR » How much White Gas for snow camping
March 02, 11:36am

filling squeeze
"I haven't used the sawyer in the field yet" "As far as filling in a lake, just submerged the whole bottle until air bubbles stop coming out. How hard is that?" Why don&...

In GEAR » Sawyer squeeze vs. steripen
March 02, 5:28am

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

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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