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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: 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

Video of Grand Canyon North Rim to river and back overnight
It was supposed to be 2 nights (Bright Angel and then to Cottonwood) to take it easier on my son, but was technically just an overnight since we didn't stay overnight at Cottonwood. Our hike ou...

In Post-Trip Reports » Video of Grand Canyon North Rim to river and back overnight
August 06, 9:10am

Video of Narrows top-down overnight
My son and I cowboy camped at site #5 in late June. Highly recommended hike! My trip report video

In Post-Trip Reports » Video of Narrows top-down overnight
August 06, 9:05am

Video of JMT Agnew Meadow (Shadow Lake) to Happy Isles (incl Half Dome sunrise)
My son and I started our hike at Agnew Meadow and did about 14 miles to Marie Lakes trail junction and then about 15 miles to Toulumne Meadows. Part 1 My son was wanting to get home (this was t...

In Post-Trip Reports » Video of JMT Agnew Meadow (Shadow Lake) to Happy Isles (incl Half Dome sunrise)
August 05, 9:38pm

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