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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 17 and 8 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
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My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Child's pack
> everything at REI for kids weighs nearly 3 pounds (ridiculous for the size!) and all the UL kid's packs (MLD, etc.) cost WAY too much for me to buy for 2 children when they'll be outgr...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 18, 1:59pm

Re: Spot vs Inreach
If I read the Spot service page correctly, you must either pay $150/yr or $15/month for service which you can't suspend or turn off when not using it. Is this correct? If so, the DeLorme is ...

In GEAR » Personal locator Beacons (PLB's) recommendations
November 10, 10:27pm

Re: kids down sleeping bag recommendations please
I also just bought women's down bags (REI Sub Kilos) for my sons to use. My youngest started using it at 4.5 and is now 8. He's a major wiggler - woke up in the Wind Rivers with him layi...

In GEAR » kids down sleeping bag recommendations please
November 10, 8:52pm

Re: Here we go again!
> I have finally resolved, after three years of experimentation, that a large sized (wide) Neoair Xlite with the end folded over and held in place with my belt is THE answer for me. Interesti...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 21, 7:16am

Re: payment
Money sent

In Gear Swap » FS: Neoair Xlite large...
September 12, 10:43am

Learn to Packraft! update?
Ryan, No word in almost 9 months? You can give updates via sat phone about the treks you've been on this summer but can't take a few minutes to explain why you're so behind schedule on...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics
September 10, 8:25am

Re: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Large for $126
Xlite Large

In Gear Deals » Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite/XTherm
September 06, 8:19pm

Re: WTB large sleeping pad.
xlite large

In Gear Swap » WTB large sleeping pad.
September 06, 8:15pm

Re: Economy Trail Runners?
I just wore a pair of cheap Starters from Walmart that had the most mesh I could find. Yes, they don't have as good traction (lugs) and won't last long (a season at most), but as long as th...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Economy Trail Runners?
August 17, 9:21pm

Re: over
Bummer. Do they do those extra sales fairly often?

In Gear Deals » REI Outlet - 25% off
August 13, 7:40am

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