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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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Vapur Microfilter
That is funny. I summer of 2010 I modded a Sawyer bottle with an Aquastraw to cut weight and increase water volume. Looks pretty familiar. ;-)

In GEAR » Vapur Microfilter
February 07, 10:31am

re: Problems with Nunatak
But you felt you needed to reply anyway huh Max? ;-) I will call BS on the OP. Like many have said, post the entire correspondence if you are going to post any of it. I have purchased 5 items...

In GEAR » Problems with Nunatak
February 06, 2:51pm

re: help with snowshoes
If you don’t plan on doing much vertical there is no reason to get Ascents (or any other brand’s version of a lifted heel) if you have to pay extra for it as you won’t need it and even for pe...

In GEAR » help with snowshoes
February 06, 2:44pm

what's UL
Whatever you feel safe in using.

In GEAR » Your fav solo winter backpacking tent?
February 03, 2:59pm

apply the philosophy to other aspects of your life
Way ahead of you there Tanner, That is why in the pursuit of lighter weight and lower volume I got one of these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIUk08iYZKE Works great with kilts. ;-)

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 2:54pm

You know you're an ultralighter when...
You have pre-ordered the Girls Gone Wild, UL Quilts & Kilts special...

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 2:08pm

I think most of us are comfortable with laughing at ourselves. Heck, we hike in kilts. (Which I am pretty sure makes my butt look big.)

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 2:07pm

You know you're an ultralighter when...
"You know you're an ultralighter when the only thread you've bothered to read every post in is named "You know you're an ultralighter when..." Now yours cracked me up ...

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 1:47pm

Nah, they come to me and then I run over to the computer. You should see the songs I make up when I hike. As you know I always stress the fact that I am NOT UL, just a guy that believes in backp...

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 1:45pm

You know you're an ultralighter when...
You complain loudly about paying for content while you know you should be glad that your wallet is lighter... ;-)

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 1:21pm

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm