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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 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Where's Hendrik?
New episode now up Realized only MLIFE could likely see that thread. So go to https://vimeo.com/72189645 - and the password is Kickstarter (case sensitive)

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Where's Hendrik?
August 13, 7:43am

Re: Re: DriDucks Emergency Poncho
Where were you able to purchase the propore fabric, David?

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Ultra Light / Super Ultra Cheap
August 09, 8:23pm

Re: WTB: Hexamid/Lair/Lunar solo/Cricket etc and inner
Or here

In Gear Swap » WTB: Hexamid/Lair/Lunar solo/Cricket etc and inner
August 08, 8:35am

Re: Ultralight camera for night shots/stars?
I like night shots as well, but don't have the funds for a nice camera and wanted to go lighter than my previous Canon Powershot A630 so I ended up with the Canon S100. It does much better nois...

In Photography » Ultralight camera for night shots/stars?
August 08, 8:27am

Re: Super Ultra Light / Super Ultra Cheap
> The material weighs 3.4 ounces a square yard but the total weigh for a decent size pack should be well under one pound. The material is very strong and easy to sew. The real $$ cost of this...

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Ultra Light / Super Ultra Cheap
August 07, 9:23pm

Re: best two way sat communicator?
Recent SOTMR

In GEAR » best two way sat communicator?
August 07, 5:16pm

Re: first trip with the wife
Recommended reading for her I took my wife on her first overnight trip in 30 some years for our anniversary a year ago. It was very short, had potable water and pit toilet. She decided to joi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First trip for the wife
August 07, 5:04pm

Re: Paranoia? Good parenting? Hmmm?
11x11 pyramid? Perhaps David might custom make larger if you think you need it. FWIW, my 2 boys (6 & 15 now) sleep in their own tent when they go with me since I have nothing that would fit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Paranoia? Good parenting? Hmmm?
August 07, 4:32pm

Re: Re: Grips?
> The wide part of the grips are actually at the bottom (which I agree feels better). It is my lackluster photography skills that make it look otherwise. That really is deceptive! I thought ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Another Outdoor Products Trekking Poles Thread - Picture heavy
August 06, 2:46pm

Try Aspen
For those contemplating a future trip of this sort, I'd recommend looking at Aspen (connecting through Denver usually). You can land, get fuel and take the inexpensive bus to West Maroon trailh...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking near major airports?
August 06, 2:30pm

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