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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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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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New Tarptents. It's official
I do believe that Franco told me that he saw two new TTs in my future. He may be right. As winter is done here (in CA, but I don’t get to do much 4-season in MN) I will probably wait to get a ...

In GEAR » New Tarptents. It's official !
March 09, 6:06pm

Re: advice
Thanks guys, This pad is only 7/8" thick so I am going to bring a Z-Rest as a back-up just in case. I won't notice the weight on a trip with my wife... I am out of here, have a great...

In GEAR » Advice about MontBell Comfort UL pad
March 07, 6:51am

Golite Jam or Osprey Talon
I have never used the GoLite pack so cannot compare but I do have a lot of experience with the Talon 44. I really like it up to 30 lb. or so. Besides backpacking I hauled a bunch of snorkel gear...

In GEAR » Golite Jam or Osprey Talon
March 06, 7:49pm

Advice about MontBell Comfort UL pad
Hey guys, I just got a MontBell Comfort UL 180 pad and am leaving tomorrow morning early to go backpacking with the wife. We may see 31 F. Does anybody have experience with this pad to say if I ...

In GEAR » Advice about MontBell Comfort UL pad
March 06, 7:44pm

3 person tent options
I too have a Copper Spur SL3 that I use when backpacking with my wife. I am taking it this weekend. I really like it so far. I have a Mutha Hubba in MN that I use with my9-year old twins and I a...

In GEAR » 3 person tent options
March 06, 4:08pm

It is strange that it is not on the site. There is something with that name for sale on many sites; http://www.backcountrygear.com/catalog/packdetail.cfm/GG377 Maybe they are coming out with ...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Vapor Flash
March 05, 7:57pm

RE: snowshoe/winter trips from So Ca
Hi Nick, My grandparents live in 29 Palms (I graduated from there) and sent pics of the place buried in snow. I remember that happening during the 78/79 winter too. I dreamed of doing the couli...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggestions??? Quick snowshoe/winter trips from So Cal
March 05, 1:10pm

SoCal winter
Wow, You just missed some good opportunities, but this weekend may be good again as the temp is supposed to drop and storms are coming in. Where? San Jacinto State Park. If you do not want to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggestions??? Quick snowshoe/winter trips from So Cal
March 03, 10:18pm

I have played a lot with Permethrin. I have used the store bought stuff and the commercial strength stuff. For legal issues it may not be wanted posted so email me and I will send some info to any ...

In GEAR » Mosquito Protection
March 03, 9:59pm

Gear Fondlers Anonymous
Hi Dennis, Now that you have admitted your problem we are here to help. To alleviate the problem you need to send all that gear to me for , uh, safekeeping while you work on the fondling issu...

In GEAR » What's a good summertime quilt?
March 03, 9:46pm

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