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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Southwest
About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.

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in-line filter
I made a gravity filter a while ago and had a similar problem with the tube sizing. I went to the local hardware store and bought some rubber tubing that fit over the filter's spout, but inside (wi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Need help filtering water
February 07, 6:14am

Making a pack
I give it a two thumbs up!! Nice stitch work too. Jay

In Make Your Own Gear » Making a Pack
January 29, 8:25pm

Or use Silnet
BPL also sells Silnet for sealing seams in sil-nylon. Silnet Otherwise, I concur with Vick; small needle and polyester thread (I prefer Gutermann's brand thread in a color to match). A good ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Repairing velcro on silnylon.
January 29, 8:09pm

Son of Balrog **idea**
Bill, I got an idea this morning on a modification for your stove. The picture tells most of the story. Note that the black rod continues in its spiral to touch the ground, keeping the stove sli...

In Make Your Own Gear » Son of Balrog - The Real Stove
January 10, 10:11am

ray way vs fanatic fringe
I made a pack using Ray's instructions from his book (beyond backpacking). Mine worked out great and was a great pack. I don't have experience with Ray's kits, but they get decent reviews. You migh...

In Make Your Own Gear » Has anybody made the Ray Way backpack?
January 10, 6:52am

Reviewing DIY kits; stay tuned
That's a great idea. We'll pursue obtaining the kits in January. If it works out, we'll put them together, evaluate how easy they are to assemble, and give tips and tricks to the process. Thanks fo...

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY kits included in round-ups?
December 31, 7:57pm

Looks like Ti-3-2.5 is the material of choice. Though, if you can't find a good source for Ti-3-2.5, would the Ti-6-4 work well enough in this application. Aluminum rod works afterall, and aluminum...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: The “Z-Stand” Pot Support for Alcohol Stoves
November 24, 7:40am

Nice photos, Ryan
Ryan, Nice photos. I never used liquid fuel to start my wood stoves. If you build your tinder right in the bottom, starting with very fine material or spare toilet paper, you can start one witho...

In GEAR » Wood Stoves
November 19, 8:09pm

reply to Ryan Faulkner
I agree with part of your post. Perhaps we should take the design aspect of a wood stove to another forum. However, I think a wood stove should still be a consideration for Ryan Jordan's trip. If R...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
November 19, 6:18am

hobo stoves
Bill, Nice design. I think we could use pop-rivets to attach the wire mesh to the inside of the cylinder thereby eliminating the bit of mesh used to raise the grate. I lighter grate material would ...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
November 18, 7:40am

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