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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: 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

Re: Re: Re: polycro ridgelines
> I'd be curious if anyone had problems due to NOT using a ridge line? Not yet, but I have always reinforced any ridgelines with tape as a precaution as I expect it would stretch some ove...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 20, 1:58pm

Re: Preshrink?
No need to preshrink. It needs much hotter temp than sunlight to shrink.

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 18, 3:45pm

Impressive K9
This local story reminded me of your testing. I wonder if it's really smell they use for phones or (ultrasonic) sound? To smell it while inside a ziploc under water is quite a feat.

In Editor's Roundtable » How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags
May 17, 8:39pm

Re: Bear canister in Golite jam 70L
I'm borrowing a BV500 from another member and it will fit horizontally in the 2012 Jam 70L. Don't know how well it carries yet. As for how the Jam carries a load in general, there are sever...

In GEAR » Bear canister in Golite jam 70L
May 15, 8:02pm

Re: boat shrink wrap
Interesting thought. Did a quick search and I'd say it wouldn't be practical. "This film is a heavy duty shrink polyethylene available stock in BLUE, WHITE, or CLEAR in 6 MIL and 7 ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
May 15, 7:55pm

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