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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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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

Snow Peak Mini Solo vs. Trek 700
I had both at the same time (because I had Tri-Ti systems made for each) and found that I really did not use the of the Mini Solo cup unless I was with another person where we were sharing an addit...

In GEAR » Snow Peak Mini Solo vs. Trek 700
March 01, 3:40pm

New Tarptents
The CB3 looks pretty nice Henry. Love the center pole option. "Wait. There's ALSO gear porn!?!!?! My late night web searches have been far too narrow..." Travis you need to work...

In GEAR » New 2013 Tarptent Models
March 01, 3:31pm

carbon fiber tent stakes: any users?
Yes I have used them quite a bit.

In GEAR » carbon fiber tent stakes: any users out there
February 27, 4:09am

The blue foam you see is my sit pad. At 9:30 he woke me up saying that his arm kept falling on the snow where the down would compress and then get him cold enough to wake him. I gave him the sit pa...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Light"
February 23, 1:28pm

Stupid Heavy
We met these guys as they were on the second day of a three-day trip. They were lost so I gave them directions to where they needed to go and a map. (No, there was no room for that I guess.) I aske...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Heavy"
February 23, 1:21pm

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