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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Southwest
About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.
CityFlagstaff
StateArizona
CountryUSA

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carbon shafts arrived
My carbon kite shafts arrived last night. I'm pleased with them, considering the cost. They have more flex than my Stix. I haven't seen Lighttreks first hand to make that comparison; but have read ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
February 24, 7:57am

experiment to article
Well, maybe. :) The experiment has to work, first of all. I haven't ordered tips or grips yet. I'm waiting to see if the material is suitable. In this particular example of making trekking poles, R...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
February 23, 12:33pm

New MYOG article
Well, maybe. :) The experiment has to work, first of all. I haven't ordered tips or grips yet. I'm waiting to see if the material is suitable. In this particular example of making trekking poles, R...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
February 23, 11:43am

golf clubs as trekking shafts
Ben, My concern with golf club shafts is the length. With fixed length poles, you really want them to be a little longer than your ideal length for an adjustable pole (at least I do) for those t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
February 23, 7:30am

Making windscreen
I just finished writing an article on making a windscreen from oven liner material. The article has gone through our editorial process and is scheduled for publication on March 1st. When using o...

In Make Your Own Gear » Windscreen suggestions
February 23, 7:24am

Jay responds- carbon shafts
I ordered a pair of the carbon shafts we're curious about (48" long, 0.395" shaft dia) from Goodwinds. They should be in at the end of the week or early next. With shipping they cost about $22. I w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
February 23, 6:57am

Bill Fornshell
Bill, I haven't been absent, just distracted. I'm finishing the last of the gear reviews, left over from when I was in that capacity. I'm now turning my focus solely to the MYOG section. We a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding "stretch baffles" to a Moonstone Lucid
February 17, 1:27pm

Carbon kite rod to trekking pole
That looks like a good material source! I'll try to get a couple of shafts to test out and let everyone know how the material works out for trekking poles. Looking at the numbers, these are goi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade Trekking pole
February 17, 9:52am

Let us know how it works out
Diana, I look forward to hearing how it works out. Good luck. Jay

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding "stretch baffles" to a Moonstone Lucid
February 17, 9:46am

I think it's a good idea
Using elastic thread, and taking care to enter and exit through the zipper seams, you can just as easily remove the elastic if it doesn't suit you. I think some down will come out with the thread i...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding "stretch baffles" to a Moonstone Lucid
February 12, 9:11am

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