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Luke Schmidt (Cameron) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale The WOODS
About Me Pursuing Christ, relationships, and adventure in that order. Nicknamed "Chief" because I grew up with a tribe of vegetarian cannibals on a small island off the coast of Iowa.
CityMidland TX
StateTexas
CountryUnited States
My Website URLhttp://westtexasmountainman.wordpress.com/

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Ice Axe Question
My brother bought me an awesome Camp Ice Axe but thinks he picked one a bit on the long side. He was suggesting we send it back and get one 5 cm shorter. I was considering a more radical approach...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Question
September 16, 8:31am

I was just there
Very sad. Also somewhat creepy for me because I hiked down Cub Creek not too long ago at dusk. Actually I ran out of daylight and hiked to my campsite in the dark. Probably not a great idea.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fatal bear attack in Bridger-Teton NF, WY
September 16, 5:52am

Me too
I've thought about this basic idea a couple times myself, especially given Dave's success with the Paradox packs. I did take apart a couple old external frames so I could weigh the compo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lightened External Frame
September 07, 9:29pm

re mtns
I don't know about filters, I tried drinking tap water through a sawyer and it seemed pretty nasty. I don't think its the oil so much as minerals from well water. There aren't any oil...

In Pre-Trip Planning » guadalupe mountains
September 02, 8:43pm

Re guadalupe mountains
I'm working on a trip report about that area but here are the basics. 1. There is no reliable water that you can legally use. There is a spring fed creek in McKittrick Canyon. But its such...

In Pre-Trip Planning » guadalupe mountains
September 02, 4:56pm

Not worth it
I'll second Clayton's opinion. Its solid pack as is. I used the 4400 a lot this summer. I don't much care for the pockets but I can live with them. A front pocket is nice, I made m...

In GEAR » HMG Porter Mods Question
August 27, 10:46pm

Re Re PIF bear spray
I did ship bears spray once (legally). I don't remember the details but there was a special form. If you have the right PO employee it might be easy, if no one is familiar with the regs it mi...

In Gear Swap » PIF Bear spray (Madison, WI)
August 24, 10:41pm

REI might have canisters
I think I remember seeing canisters at an REI in Dallas. A lot of Texas go up to Colorado so the stores stock mountain type stuff. Still I wouldn't count on it. I'm thinking I'll try ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Canisters now required in Big Bend NP
August 18, 8:50pm

Ursack looks okay for now at least
Since the Ursack is approved by IGBC it should be okay for now. They said they are developing a list so they may or may not approve the Ursack in the final rules. Major bummer since you already...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Canisters now required in Big Bend NP
August 18, 1:31pm

Re Re My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
Ian my understanding is they were hunted to extinction there then reintroduced during the 1970s. In the late 70s or early 80s my grandfather went hiking there and saw them. Back then they were so...

In Post-Trip Reports » My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
August 18, 10:55am

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