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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Paranoia? Good parenting? Hmmm?
11x11 pyramid? Perhaps David might custom make larger if you think you need it. FWIW, my 2 boys (6 & 15 now) sleep in their own tent when they go with me since I have nothing that would fit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Paranoia? Good parenting? Hmmm?
August 07, 4:32pm

Re: Re: Grips?
> The wide part of the grips are actually at the bottom (which I agree feels better). It is my lackluster photography skills that make it look otherwise. That really is deceptive! I thought ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Another Outdoor Products Trekking Poles Thread - Picture heavy
August 06, 2:46pm

Try Aspen
For those contemplating a future trip of this sort, I'd recommend looking at Aspen (connecting through Denver usually). You can land, get fuel and take the inexpensive bus to West Maroon trailh...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking near major airports?
August 06, 2:30pm

Video of Grand Canyon North Rim to river and back overnight
It was supposed to be 2 nights (Bright Angel and then to Cottonwood) to take it easier on my son, but was technically just an overnight since we didn't stay overnight at Cottonwood. Our hike ou...

In Post-Trip Reports » Video of Grand Canyon North Rim to river and back overnight
August 06, 9:10am

Video of Narrows top-down overnight
My son and I cowboy camped at site #5 in late June. Highly recommended hike! My trip report video

In Post-Trip Reports » Video of Narrows top-down overnight
August 06, 9:05am

Video of JMT Agnew Meadow (Shadow Lake) to Happy Isles (incl Half Dome sunrise)
My son and I started our hike at Agnew Meadow and did about 14 miles to Marie Lakes trail junction and then about 15 miles to Toulumne Meadows. Part 1 My son was wanting to get home (this was t...

In Post-Trip Reports » Video of JMT Agnew Meadow (Shadow Lake) to Happy Isles (incl Half Dome sunrise)
August 05, 9:38pm

Re: Outdoor Products Trekking Poles Project pictures?
Dan, I'd be interested in your project and if it differed from this one any.

In Gear Swap » PIF - Outdoor Products Trekking Poles (Project poles)
August 05, 2:36pm

Re: Summit pack/bag
I do take my normal backpack on daytrips. It's even pretty heavy for BPL standards at 29oz, a Golite Pinnacle. Its compression system is pretty decent though. But I suppose just like the camp s...

In GEAR » Compression sack for down bag
August 05, 2:26pm

Re: BPL Meals For Scouts
John, On my early solo trips, I mostly modified recipes from Sarah's site. I thought most turned out really well as did many other Scouters. For simplicity, however, I've changed to mostly...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » BPL Meals for Scouts
August 05, 11:25am

Re: Four Pass Loop Bear Protection
Yes, bears are an issue in general. When I went 2 years ago they had just killed a bear 2 days prior for some attacks. Not sure how food storage played into those attacks though. I believe you won&...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Four Pass Loop Bear Protection
August 05, 8:03am

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