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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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My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
I'm a teacher so I spent much of the summer of 2014 on a road trip through the west with stops for backpacking trips, a WFR course, the APA roundup and more backpacking trips. Here is a li...

In Post-Trip Reports » My 2014 Backpacking Road Trip - Part 1
August 17, 4:06pm

Guadalupe Mountains
I think the lowest (and warmest) was Pine Springs TH at about 5800 ft. The "Bowl" is around 8000 ft. It could be a bit warm down low but it cooled off once you got up higher. I ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Exploring the Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos Wilderness
August 17, 2:31pm

Exploring the Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos Wilderness
I had a fun trip in the Pecos Wilderness over spring break. I've posted a trip report here A Bit Scared in the Pecos There are also quick trip reports on exploring the Guadalupe Mount...

In Post-Trip Reports » Exploring the Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos Wilderness
August 17, 1:51pm

I got one
I just bought one. This summer I was in grizzly country a lot and a couple of times it was pretty hard to find a good bear hang. I still prefer hanging the food way out of the bears reach. But in...

In GEAR » Ursack Approved by IGBC
August 12, 9:07pm

HMG Porter
I bought the 2014 version of the Porter 4400 when I realized none of my current packs could handle a packraft, PFD and five days of food. It works pretty well but the hipbelt doesn't transfer ...

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 5:20pm

Re Re Why Compromise
IMHO both the Lightning and the Unaweep are superior to the Porter. The Porter can carry 40-50 pounds but I don't feel the hipbelt transfers weight as well.

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 3:42pm

Re Re Light Options
Okay lets hold on a minute. The Unaweep is a big investment. If you already have a pack that can carry 40-50 pounds I might stick with it and do a couple trips first to make sure you know exactly...

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 12:29pm

Light Options
I went through a similar search recently. Best options under 3 pounds would be the following 1. Seek Outside Paradox Unaweek - I have not personally used this one but people more knowledgeabl...

In GEAR » "Light" weight backpack to carry 40-50 lbs
August 12, 12:21pm

Re T bar
You can (carefully) bend the frame back to where you don't feel the T-bar. The frame is removable btw.

In GEAR » Anybody tried the Exped Lightning 45 and 60
August 08, 1:28pm

Good Shoes
I wore a pair packrafting in the Bob this summer. I liked the traction a lot better then my Altra Lone Peaks. Only bummer is the tops wear through pretty fast. At that price though hard to beat.

In Gear Deals » Merrell Ascend Glove $39.93 from Amazon (Prime eligible)
August 08, 9:06am

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