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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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That picture was on a lake, ice fishing. Sat on a piece of log for several hours in 0F weather. I'm really not disagreeing with you though. Better to be conservative. I arrived at that combo...

In GEAR » What winter jacket needed when paired with nano puff
October 19, 1:10pm

Nanopuff and down sweater
Having used this combo (or an r2 fleece in place of nanopuff) for the past 4 years, I consider it to be one of my "tried and true" winter strategies. I wouldn't have recommended it ot...

In GEAR » What winter jacket needed when paired with nano puff
October 19, 7:38am

Maroon Bells
Nicely done, Matt. Perfect blend of scenery, wildlife, and little glimpses of your hiking/camping style. Now I want to go there.

In Post-Trip Reports » Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
October 19, 4:40am

re: Places to paddle
Hi Rog, I don't know that I've thought beyond my training plan which was as follows: Inland lakes: Sylvania Wilderness Area and McCormick Tract Canoe trails Relatively calm rivers: Manis...

In Packrafting » Help for a prospective packrafter
October 18, 5:38pm

re: West Canada Lakes
Thanks Matty. Awesome pictures. Looks like you had much better weather than I did. It was cool to see some recent sights from a different perspective. Ike

In Post-Trip Reports » West Canada Lakes Loop and a few peaks!
October 18, 5:00pm

Don't fear Michigan
Hi Stephen, Don't worry about the cold. Winter camping in Michigan is easy. No altitude, generally mild weather, and only moderate snow accumulation (except around the Great Lakes). Clothes...

In GEAR » Moving to Michigan, need advice on Winter Camping\Day Hiking kit
October 18, 4:43pm

winter jacket pairings
Similar to the posters above, I use a merino baselayer, windshirt, nanopuff, and down sweater to temps below zero in Michigan winter. I like this combo for versatility of layering, and because i...

In GEAR » What winter jacket needed when paired with nano puff
October 18, 12:59pm

re: help
My ultimate goal is whitewater. Because I solo most of my trips, I plan to start on calmer waters until pretty comfortable. I'd like to make my purchases with the goal of being able to do class...

In Packrafting » Help for a prospective packrafter
October 18, 8:34am

Footwear for crooked toes
+1 to a larger footbox. I've become a huge believer that most blisters are caused by poor fitting shoes. Injinji toe socks may also help to limit the friction of your toes rubbing to some degree.

In Philosophy & Technique » Footwear for crooked toes
October 18, 7:26am

Thanks Dave. Seems like each time I finish a trip (and before I've even made it home) I'm already asking myself "What next". Your trip reports and blog had a lot to do with the a...

In Packrafting » Help for a prospective packrafter
October 17, 11:01am

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