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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: Trash compacter bag.
+1

In GEAR » Compression sack for down bag
August 05, 8:00am

Re: First Backpack and First Post
The torso seems way too long in those side pics of you wearing it - certainly not carrying any load on the shoulders! Was that on purpose?

In Make Your Own Gear » First Backpack and First Post
August 05, 7:58am

Re: Re: Re: camera batteries
Bob, I'm an electrical engineer vs chemical engineer, but my guess is the cheaper cells are not as dense so they are thus lighter and can't hold as much charge. Maybe there are different g...

In Photography » camera batteries
August 04, 7:05pm

Re: camera batteries
I bought both the SterlingTek (STK) and Wasabi batteries for my new S100. If you can find out the actual weight of the battery, that will give you an indication of it's quality. Canon's are...

In Photography » camera batteries
August 04, 6:08pm

Re: WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium) or Flash 22/30
I'd also consider an REI Flash 22 or 30.

In Gear Swap » WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium)
July 27, 6:28pm

Re: BPL Meals for Scouts
Our troop has just started backpacking a little so they've relied on me both trips to feed them so we have only done freezer bag cooking (FBC). By far, the 2 favorites are: Ramen Pot Pie - C...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » BPL Meals for Scouts
July 24, 1:48pm

Re: Slot Canyons
I suspect most slot canyons there would require a guide and rental equipment since you aren't experienced. The one that wouldn't Jon mentioned. My 15 yo son and I just did the Narrows top-d...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Slot Canyons
July 24, 1:28pm

WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium)
I have a very lightly used (3 nights) Jam 50 in Gunbarrel Blue that I got my wife but she can't keep up with me so I'll be carrying more of her gear from now on. :) Thus, I need to swap for...

In Gear Swap » WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium)
July 24, 8:45am

Re: Re: Polycryo Tarp first set up
> Of course as soon as I did, the dog thought it was play time and ran right through, breaking it in 4 different places. LOL. Our dog did the same when I had setup my first tarp prototype. Be...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
July 22, 9:53am

Re: tick
That is curious. I know for a fact they drop from trees, but it would still take a while to go from hat to his face. Maybe dropped on his shoulder?

In Editor's Roundtable » Lyme Disease: Challenging Old Stereotypes
July 10, 7:15am

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