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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: Kids bag
> Bags: I was having trouble finding inexpensive kids bags that didn't weigh 3-4lbs each so I stick them in mine. Most of my bags are 2lbs or under so adult bags aren't an issue weight-w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking with kids - questions
October 14, 11:38am

Re: adhesive for XP Insulation
How about Aquaseal by McNett that another person reported good results with on his homemade cuben tent?

In Make Your Own Gear » 11.4 oz 78x20x2.5" Sleeping pad :)
October 13, 2:29pm

Re: Getting a good seal?
> Yes, but strapping it down partly defeats the freedom of using a quilt! We use velcro straps to attach the edges of the quilt to the bottom of the mats, like this Lynn, The velcro seems to...

In GEAR » Call to quilt users
October 12, 6:56pm

Re: Re: Getting a good seal?
So you attempt to tuck it under yourself (or your pad?) while you're inside it? Or "strap it down" to the pad and then slide into it?

In GEAR » Call to quilt users
October 12, 3:44pm

Getting a good seal?
> I have not used a bivy for a number of years. I found that the combination of good site selection, some wind breaking from my tarp or tarptent, and getting a good seal make the quilt work, eve...

In GEAR » Call to quilt users
October 12, 3:06pm

Re: First time backpacking
FWIW, I did my first BP trip solo for 11 days. I choose the Smokies as they were near where I was going to be at the time and I figured would be relatively crowded in case I got in trouble somehow....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First time backpacking
October 11, 11:53am

Pants
Thanks for the pants. They are certainly thin and light. Looking forward to trying them out.

In Gear Swap » Fs: Misc UL gear
October 07, 8:32pm

NeoAir
Thanks for the NeoAir. I was going to sleep on it tonight, but had a rare migraine today so will stick to my normal bed (and snuggly wife). ;)

In Gear Swap » Cleaning house gear BLOWOUT!
October 07, 8:31pm

Water in winter on dry, snowless trail?
I am hoping to do at least some of the Knobstone Trail in southern IN this winter. It's known to be a pretty dry trail except during rainy periods, and we generally don't have enough snow t...

In Winter Hiking » Water in winter on dry, snowless trail?
October 07, 7:37am

Re: In Conclusion?
Not sure how that will hold up to being folded/rolled repeatedly with the foil backing. You may have better luck with Gorilla tape or 3M 2120.

In Make Your Own Gear » I know, it's crazy
October 06, 8:11am

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