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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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Re: BPL Meals for Scouts
Our troop has just started backpacking a little so they've relied on me both trips to feed them so we have only done freezer bag cooking (FBC). By far, the 2 favorites are: Ramen Pot Pie - C...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » BPL Meals for Scouts
July 24, 1:48pm

Re: Slot Canyons
I suspect most slot canyons there would require a guide and rental equipment since you aren't experienced. The one that wouldn't Jon mentioned. My 15 yo son and I just did the Narrows top-d...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Slot Canyons
July 24, 1:28pm

WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium)
I have a very lightly used (3 nights) Jam 50 in Gunbarrel Blue that I got my wife but she can't keep up with me so I'll be carrying more of her gear from now on. :) Thus, I need to swap for...

In Gear Swap » WTT: my Golite Jam 50 for your Jam 35 (Medium)
July 24, 8:45am

Re: Re: Polycryo Tarp first set up
> Of course as soon as I did, the dog thought it was play time and ran right through, breaking it in 4 different places. LOL. Our dog did the same when I had setup my first tarp prototype. Be...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
July 22, 9:53am

Re: tick
That is curious. I know for a fact they drop from trees, but it would still take a while to go from hat to his face. Maybe dropped on his shoulder?

In Editor's Roundtable » Lyme Disease: Challenging Old Stereotypes
July 10, 7:15am

Re: Struck by lightning
I'm curious if you smelled the ozone and tingling sensation that's typically associated right before a strike occurs?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Struck by lightning
June 30, 6:22pm

Re: Nice Video
We started from BP parking lot and took AT spur trail. Did not technically go thru Massie Gap though after I checked the map again once done I should have (shorter distance) though that would have ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
June 29, 12:12am

Re: Grayson
I did a long video of our trip for anyone who cares.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tips for Grayson Highlands with kids in early June?
June 22, 3:15pm

Re: The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 1: Gear
I find it BPL SUL heresy that the AM wasn't repackaged and you resorted to using TP. :)

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 1: Gear
May 23, 6:53am

Re: Velcro or snaps would work
If using velcro, I'd sew the loop part on the mesh so it won't snag all the time when you pack it up separately.

In Make Your Own Gear » Pyramid Tarptent with Removable Floor
May 20, 8:55pm

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