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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.
CityFlagstaff
StateArizona
CountryUSA

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stoves
Although Ryan will do fine gnawing on a frozen powerbar 3 meals a day, another option for cooking might be a hobo stove. It will have to be fasioned SUL style using a sheet of aluminum or titanium ...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
November 16, 4:11pm

You can buy heat sealable fabrics
Tim, I believe outdoor fabric suppliers, like Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics, sell heat sealable fabrics. Unfortuneately, these are intended for dry bag applications and as such are far from the lig...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
October 03, 7:52am

Incidently, this technique also worked for...
On my first trip with my BMW TorsoLite, I managed to pack my sewing kit directly next to the backpanel of my pack (which happened to be framed by the TorsoLite!!!). Not realizing the cause of the p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
September 29, 7:44am

Good luck, slowhike
Yeah, the idea struck me to try to make my own pad from materials too. My vision would be a non self inflating pad that has channels built into it like an Insulmat, but with a total thickness of ar...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
September 29, 7:29am

Titanium wire (or rod)
I bought a whole bunch of jewelry grade titanium off ebay for about $20, including shipping (which made a couple of z-stands and 12 titanium stakes). If you can't score an ebay deal, there are seve...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: The “Z-Stand” Pot Support for Alcohol Stoves
September 01, 2:19pm

Cut down ThermaRest update
For those interested in resealing a ThermaRest, we're pushing ahead with the Thermarest reshaping article. It's in the hands of BPL's editorial staff to be published late August/early September. Oh...

In Make Your Own Gear » Jay Ham's Cut Down Thermarest
August 01, 12:12pm

working with down
I made a down quilt, so these suggestions are from my experience. The down didn't get as out of hand as I thought it would. Still, you're best bet is to zip yourself inside a reasonably sized tent ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Any Tricks for Working with Down?
July 29, 4:36pm

Jay's (my) cut down thermarest
The cut down Thermarest mentioned in Carol's article was a 3/4 length Thermarest UL purchased on-sale ($35) just as the Prolite pads were hitting the market. I wanted a pad that was lighter and sho...

In Make Your Own Gear » Jay Ham's Cut Down Thermarest
June 28, 2:26pm

toothpowder
I like my baking soda....but I can't get the rest of my family to use it. :)

In GEAR » Crest & Colgate Liquid Gel "Toothpaste"
June 14, 7:48am

thread tension
Thread tension for heavier fabrics using heavier thread is a tricky business. Here are a few things to try. Definately adjust the bobbin tension. If it is too loose, it could cause the bobbin to sp...

In GEAR » Ray Way DIY kits???
June 07, 8:54am

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