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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 17 and 8 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: Is a bivy necessary with a tarp?
FWIW, the 6x8 tarp I made I added netting around for the bug issue and designed for a half pyramid pitch for storm proofness. Because I did not have a bivy, I also made a storm door I could attach ...

In GEAR » Is a bivy necessary with a tarp?
August 16, 1:43pm

Re: How fast do you hike?
I'm an old (43) newbie to this game and on my just completed second trip I was able to do 2.5 mph on the 8.5 mile hike in with 2700' gain (up to just over 11K'). I would not normally go...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast do you hike?
August 16, 1:30pm

Re: LDPE no-sew (almost) tent
Added a video of my MYOG tarptent.

In Make Your Own Gear » LDPE no-sew (almost) tent
August 16, 10:32am

Re: Aluminized LDPE tent body
Added a video of my MYOG tarptent.

In Philmont » Homemade tents
August 16, 10:31am

Re: Newbie in Wind River
Added a video of my gear changes from last summer

In Post-Trip Reports » Newbie in Wind River
August 16, 10:29am

Re: Re: Wind River / Maroon Bells for newbie
Added a video of my gear changes from last summer

In Gear Lists » Wind River / Maroon Bells for newbie
August 16, 10:28am

Re: Re: Re: Plastic snaps
>> I ended up using a zipper for the mesh door closure. I couldn't figure out >> how to use snaps when my opening width varies up to 20". >Generous overlap. It keeps the...

In Make Your Own Gear » LDPE no-sew (almost) tent
August 15, 5:23pm

Re: LDPE no-sew (almost) tent
FYI, total system weight including a heavy stuff sack of the right size I happened to have (& a little dirt and moisture) was < 22 oz. I could lose some with Ti stakes perhaps and not taking...

In Make Your Own Gear » LDPE no-sew (almost) tent
August 15, 7:43am

Re: Wind River / Maroon Bells for newbie
Trip reports with video links are up. Some notes on the gear: 1) I did take the compression bag so I could fit all the food on my outbound flight (I didn't check anything). I did end up usin...

In Gear Lists » Wind River / Maroon Bells for newbie
August 15, 7:27am

Newbie in Maroon Bells Wilderness
View my gear list View my videos of this trip (Pics are embedded there to save space here) For proper background of this TR, please read at least the beginning of the TR for Phase I of this t...

In Post-Trip Reports » Newbie in Maroon Bells Wilderness
August 14, 9:16pm

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