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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.
My PDF Gear ListTrap Hills 3 season gear list

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re: Ultimate Adventure
I used to think it would be the PCT or another long trail. More and more though, I've really come to respect people who follow their passions and come up with their own routes. Like this guy: ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What would be your ultimate backpacking adventure?
September 18, 8:12am

"Ike, would I have run into more/better scenery had I made it to the next section of ridges?" You would have run into more of the same, but spaced very closely together. The next ridge...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Trap Hills: Brief Analysis and Introspection
September 15, 5:46am

re: a week in SEKI
Gorgeous! Looks like you got to spend a decent amount of time in a ridiculously beautiful place. I'm always envious of this sort of terrain, so different from what we have out here. Nice cl...

In Post-Trip Reports » A Week in SEKI
September 15, 5:21am

Re: Trap Hills
You got some great pictures, Travis. Sorry the trip didn't turn out quite as planned. Personally, I'd take the Traps over the Porkies. The Porkies with their wide trails, signage, and ab...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Trap Hills: Brief Analysis and Introspection
September 14, 4:22am

re: wool
I own a few icebreaker tech-t lite shirts and wear them year round. The Rab MeCo is a wool-cocona blend that is even lighter and still does a good job at keeping the stink away.

In GEAR » High-heat, Low-stink options for Tee Shirt?
September 14, 4:07am

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

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

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