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Ike Jutkowitz (Ike) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central Michigan
About Me Grew up in the Adirondacks, with my first backpacking experiences on the Northville-Placid Trail. Avid fly fisherman and runner, occasional rock climber and mountain biker. Now living in Michigan which has put a damper on vertical endeavors.
My PDF Gear ListTrap Hills 3 season gear list

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I appreciate the sentiment and would generally pick small over big, all other things being equal, but I'm more a fan of simplicity. I try to avoid clutter, redundant gear, and anything with mov...

In GEAR » Backpacking....small
October 14, 7:43am

Thanks Mike
Trap Hills has been on my short list for a while. Looks like the most panoramic views you will ever see in Michigan. Thanks for the report and shuttle info.

In Post-Trip Reports » NCT / Trap Hills, Michigan
October 14, 5:24am

My favorite line, "Who gives a s#!t how expensive that jacket was; you'd be a fool to try and stop a kid from being a kid."

In Post-Trip Reports » Children on the River, 10/1 and 10/8
October 13, 9:52am

whole grains
Thanks guys. That was what I needed. Guess I'll precook, toss with sauce, then dehydrate.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cooking whole grain stuff in a freezer bag
October 12, 3:27pm

Cooking whole grain stuff in a freezer bag
I like backpacking foods well enough, but don't love the effects they have on my GI tract over time (too much information, I know). Consequently, I've committed to introducing more real foo...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cooking whole grain stuff in a freezer bag
October 12, 9:48am

Hawk Vittles
Hi Richard, The Hawk Vittles bag is not intended to be used for rehydration. There is no way to reseal it for one thing. Better to repackage in a freezer bag as you had originally planned. Eyeball...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Rehydrating Hawk Vittles Meals?
October 12, 7:53am

hanging a bag
Honestly, for me it's largely about convenience- takes up less space this way and the bulky storage bag is no longer constantly rolling off my closet shelf. The reason I tried it in the first p...

In GEAR » best way to hang WM bag?
October 11, 7:59pm

Hanging WM bag
I use plastic clip hangers that come with my kids clothing. The bag is folded in half (to keep it from touching the floor) and clipped at hood and foot. The cloth bag WM includes with the sleeping ...

In GEAR » best way to hang WM bag?
October 10, 9:41am

Thank you
After posting this report, I was anonymously gifted two of Kat P's beautiful hats for my girls. I have a pretty good suspicion of who might have done this, but will respect their anonymity and ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Northville-Placid Trail: From Past to Present
October 09, 6:03am

Ex light down vest
This is a great vest. I picked one up a couple of months ago. My size medium weighs 3.6 oz. Worn under a windshirt, it seems to be all the insulation I need down to about 40F. Love the high collar ...

In GEAR » Received my MontBell EX Light Down Vest & Weighed it.
October 08, 8:45am

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