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Luke Schmidt (Cameron) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale The WOODS
About Me Pursuing Christ, relationships, and adventure in that order. Nicknamed "Chief" because I grew up with a tribe of vegetarian cannibals on a small island off the coast of Iowa.
CityMidland TX
StateTexas
CountryUnited States
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Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
I've about done wearing out my Altra Lone Peak 1.5s and I need a similar shoe but ideally one that last longer and has better traction. Has anyone tried the Topo Athletic MT shoes (or any Topo...

In GEAR » Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
March 07, 1:57pm

Looks Frameless
I googled it and it does not appear to have a frame. There is a youtube review where it clearly looks frameless. I'd go for something with a frame and a truly adjustable torso (i.e. like on a...

In GEAR » Jansport Katahdin 40 for 13-year old?
March 04, 7:22pm

Re: Re: Overnight hikes near Orlando?
I wonder if you might see more if you rented a canoe or kayak. I don't know that area well but my friends seem to have better luck seeing gators and other critters paddling versus hiking in Fl...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Overnight hikes near Orlando?
March 04, 6:43am

13 year olds and friends etc.
I always liked to bring multiple kids instead of just one. I took my littlest brother out as part of a larger group many times before I took just him. I was afraid he'd get bored by himself. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Big Bend with a 13-year old
March 02, 7:37pm

Re: Big Bend with a 13-year old
Are you going over Spring Break? The big issue there will be getting permits and campsites, it could fill up fast. Rather then retype things I'll give you a link to my thoughts on kids an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Big Bend with a 13-year old
March 01, 8:41pm

A similar pack
My inclination would be to get a new Kelty pack and try again. Bring a needle and strong thread just to be safe. I don't think Kelty would be selling a pack that routinely fell apart that fas...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 7:51pm

Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
So you have 8 weeks but you want to hike for about 2 weeks is that correct? I guess it depends on your goals and comfort level. Here are a couple ideas I'll rattle off in no particular order ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 01, 4:41pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
Hum interesting Billy, I thought most could do 30 with that pack. I think I have come up with my perfect pack design. First I would make a lighter version of the Unaweep hipbelt. Its a one p...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 5:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
Just noticed Zpacks is offering the Arc Blast in Dyneema X. They say it adds 3oz. So the total weight would be right around 20 oz depending on other features. A 20oz pack that can carry 30-35 po...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 5:00pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
"12 liter, 4 day, Big Bend trip :)" 12 liters would be light for a Big Bend trip, unless you are caching water. In any case carrying that much water puts you in a whole different weig...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 27, 10:15pm

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