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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: Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
HYOH as they say or Pitch-YOP in this case. Part of my leaning toward the half pyramid is I would think an A would take longer to set up and I'd have to use more netting to keep bugs out. It...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 04, 2:47pm

WTB: 2600-3800 in^3 packs for young Boy Scouts
I'm looking for packs of any style 3 pounds or less that could be used by 13-17" torsos (12 year old boys). Something like the GoLite Jam or Pinnacle in women's small would be ideal (I...

In Gear Swap » WTB: 2600-3800 in^3 packs for young Boy Scouts
June 04, 10:22am

Re: Storm Pitch - 8x10 Tarp
Kevin, Looks like a flying diamond rotated over a bit (using a second pole), which gives me another idea to investigate. Steve, Practically speaking, how do you crawl in such a space without g...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 04, 10:02am

Re: Re: Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
Steve, I'd think you'd certainly touch the inside on a 4' wide tarp pitched in an A that low. I suppose with a bivy you don't have to worry about condensation wetting your bag (exc...

In GEAR » Best storm pitch for flat tarp?
June 03, 9:19pm

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

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