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Ike Jutkowitz (Ike) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central Michigan
About Me Grew up in the Adirondacks, with my first backpacking experiences on the Northville-Placid Trail. Avid fly fisherman and runner, occasional rock climber and mountain biker. Now living in Michigan which has put a damper on vertical endeavors.
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re: durability
I've been using mine for the past 4 years for both 3 season and winter backpacking- one small, easily fixed tear on the arm where I snagged it on a sharp metal tab. Otherwise, no real signs of ...

In GEAR » Durability of Patagoni Houdini ?
September 14, 4:02am

re: barefoot
Once I took the time to learn proper running technique (midfoot strike, high cadence), I found that I no longer needed shoe gimmicks like pronation control and lots of padding. It's not about t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why barefoot isn't best for most runners
September 13, 7:10pm

re:
Ken, Do you need a hug?

In Chaff » Seems appropriate, with 9/11 and Iraq and Afghanistan and Benghazi and Syria and, and, and, and....
September 12, 8:24am

Fixed blade
I prefer a fixed blade for ease of access when paddling and ease of cleaning when fishing. The smallest blade that fits the bill is a titanium-carbide knife from Javan Dempsey that now travels w...

In GEAR » how big of a knife do we really need (or how small of knife can we get by with)?
September 09, 4:39am

Re: weight of gear
Packraft, paddle, PFD, and repair kit is about 10 lb as you mentioned. Adding in a larger pack, extra clothing (fleece preferred over puffies), neoprene socks and gloves, waterproof pants, etc, I f...

In Packrafting » Weight of packrafting gear
September 08, 5:30pm

September is awesome in the UP
You couldn't pick a better time to visit. Daytime temps in the 50-65 F range. Night temps 30-40s. Be prepared for sub freezing. Bugs mostly gone. I usually bring poncho tarp, 30F quilt, coo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Porcupine Mountains in September
September 08, 1:25pm

Re:
I eat primally (paleo plus cheese and winel) at home. I'm a little more flexible on the trail with the addition of quinoa pasta and mashed potato. Breakfasts are usually sausage or bacon an...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Paleo backpackers??
September 08, 1:11pm

Enchantment
Ian, I really enjoyed your humorous write up and photos. Thanks!

In Post-Trip Reports » The Enchantments Day Hike
September 07, 1:34pm

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I enjoyed your write up, Jani. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

In Post-Trip Reports » Onion Valley, Gardiner Basin, Sixty Lakes Basin, Rae Lakes Onion Valley Loop 8/20-8/26
September 07, 1:32pm

re: pot buildup
Embrace the mark of a well-used piece of gear.

In GEAR » build up on pots used with bush buddy
September 05, 11:46am

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