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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Southwest
About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.

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MYOG Alcohol stove multiple replies
Reply to Simmer Ring Brad, The article we referred to about baking with small strips of aluminum can is found by following this link. Backpacking Food List: Protein-Powered Food for Sustaine...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 06, 11:20pm

Response to: Dremel clone
John, Honestly, I won’t profess to be up on what power tools are best. If it can make a cut off wheel spin, it should be able to cut out the bottom of a can. That aluminum is pretty thin and s...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 01, 7:36pm

Response to: Fuel efficiency
Alex You asked: "How does the fuel efficiency of your stove compare to some of the other alcohol stoves reviewed a few months back?" This is a can of worms. :) The short answer is that my sto...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 01, 7:28pm

Reply to: Simmer Ring
Brad, I have tried several "simmer ring" type gizmos, and all of them slow the burn time and reduce heat. I quit using them, however, when I read an article written by Carol Crooker. She describ...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 01, 8:11am

Reply to: I want one
I reviewed an AMP closed jet, and though they are powerful hot and truly efficient boilers, I really prefer the fill and forget nature of these open jets. I have been using this same stove for five...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 01, 7:55am

Nice project
Bill, Your pattern looks great. After a long, long search for a decent trail hat, I started working on a hat design as well. I like the idea of spinnaker on the brim, but have been considering non...

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
May 27, 9:31am

What's wrong with sub-6ing it?
I guess 5 in a nice number, as far as numbers go. It was real easy to learn my 5 tables in grade school, and the US treasury makes a bill in that value. But really, what's wrong with sub-6ing it an...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
May 25, 8:24am

Benjamin, glue instead of nuts?
Benjamin, If you didn't mind making the camera mount permanent, do you think you could have glued (epoxy) your threaded bolts into the trekking pole handles rather than attach with nuts? And if ...

May 12, 8:06am

Sewing at BPL
Hi everyone, It will take a little time, but we are going to show sewing how-to in our Make Your Own Gear section at Backpacking Light. Sewing can be intimidating, but is really no more difficul...

In GEAR » How do you Go Ultralight Without Spending Major $$$? (please ignore previous thread).
May 06, 7:55am

Osprey's mesh hip pockets
In case you haven't seen the pack up close and personal; Osprey uses an unusually heavy mesh for their hip pockets, much more than any side-panel water bottle pockets. I do agree with you though, b...

In GEAR » Tough but light backpack?
May 05, 7:43am

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