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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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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

Re: Trash compacter bag.
+1

In GEAR » Compression sack for down bag
August 05, 8:00am

Re: First Backpack and First Post
The torso seems way too long in those side pics of you wearing it - certainly not carrying any load on the shoulders! Was that on purpose?

In Make Your Own Gear » First Backpack and First Post
August 05, 7:58am

Re: Re: Re: camera batteries
Bob, I'm an electrical engineer vs chemical engineer, but my guess is the cheaper cells are not as dense so they are thus lighter and can't hold as much charge. Maybe there are different g...

In Photography » camera batteries
August 04, 7:05pm

Re: camera batteries
I bought both the SterlingTek (STK) and Wasabi batteries for my new S100. If you can find out the actual weight of the battery, that will give you an indication of it's quality. Canon's are...

In Photography » camera batteries
August 04, 6:08pm

Re: WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium) or Flash 22/30
I'd also consider an REI Flash 22 or 30.

In Gear Swap » WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium)
July 27, 6:28pm

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