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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: Re: Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
Yes, I'll be doing some quick mockups with either plastic dropcloth or blue tarps to get a feel for whether I can handle the interior space or not before I decide on the final design. The paper...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 03, 5:38pm

Re: Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
So #6 except the "door" on an 8' side? I'd much prefer a "palace" with headroom, but am assuming real estate will be at a premium. Thus, my thinking of a small footprint...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 03, 2:43pm

Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
I will be making a flat tarp this summer for solo use just below treeline in the Wind Rivers area in early Aug. That range is appropriately named from what I've read, and I will not be using a ...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 03, 12:01pm

Re: Alcohol Stoves at Philmont
FYI for those who see this thread in the future, the 2010 GSS no longer allows "homemade" alcohol stoves and alcohol isn't a recommended fuel. Sigh.

In Philmont » alcohol stoves at philmont?
June 03, 8:45am

Re: Re: Aluminized mylar tent body
Cool (literally)! I'm hoping the anti-condensation properties are the same for silvered LDPE as it is for mylar. What I have is white on the opposite side so it should be relatively cool as well.

In Philmont » Homemade tents
May 31, 1:00pm

Re: Re: Homemade tent - materials exposure test
> As a winter project I am pondering building a Jay Ham "5 yards to SUL" tarp using Space Blankets and reinforcing tape -just to see if this low cost SUL material would work and hold u...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
May 31, 9:13am

Re: good place to buy
Or you can find it sometimes in big box hardware stores in higher concentrations and dilute it as needed. I found some "carpenter ant killer" in 15% I think it was.

In Philosophy & Technique » Bugs
May 30, 8:18pm

Re: Knobstone Trail 3 day list
I'd echo what Cory said from what I've heard about water. Unless we get some good rains before you go, you will want to cache. If you don't know, there's a lightly used forum at htt...

In Gear Lists » Knobstone Trail 3 day list
May 30, 6:20am

Re: lightest external frame (for smaller Scouts)
> The most useful packs are external frame packs, and my smallest frame sizes are the most used. They are handier than internal frame packs, because the scout can lash on big fat sleeping bags a...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
May 27, 9:19pm

Re: BSA Leader Training School Offered by BPL May 21-23
How did it go?

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » BSA Leader Training School Offered by Backpacking Light May 21-23
May 26, 9:44pm

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