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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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Raw edge of noseeum - trim needed?
Al, Did you do anything to finish the cut edge of noseeum that would lay on the ground? Have you tried just overlapping the noseeum doors? I was going to try to do away with the zippers. I h...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 30, 1:07pm

Re: Cleanliness on the trail
I'm a newbie at this, but I've always been of the philosophy that if I know I'm going to get dirty, I don't bother to bathe. Thus, on my first trip, which was 11 days, that's ho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
September 29, 7:43pm

Re: Scout Loaners
I had figured that a Scouter (eg, me) would wash the bags as needed because I wouldn't trust a Scout to do it right. They should only need it every couple years as much as we'd use them unl...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
September 29, 11:51am

Re: Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
There's no failing if you give it your best shot, right? This will at least give me ideas of what y'all think would be Scout-proof gear at reasonable costs. I'll be organizing some k...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
September 29, 8:09am

Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
Part of my Wood Badge ticket will involve purchasing gear that many of our Scouts can't afford for higher adventure trips. I need to focus on lightweight stuff that can take a fair amount of ab...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
September 28, 11:58am

Re: Wood Badge & GoLite Pinnacle
> I cut a piece of Coroplast to help mine with weight transfer Actually I did the same. The foam pad has always tended to fold a bit right above the belt attachment point because that gets pu...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Wood Badge & GoLite Pinnacle
September 28, 11:42am

Re: Re: Re: Iced tea spoon
I may have found the perfect spoon for me last night. My wife and I stopped by Baskin Robbins and their long spoons appear they will do very nicely. They are actually about 1/4" longer than ou...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » To freezer bag or not to freezer bag
September 24, 9:20am

Re: Mini Dropper Bottles
My Walgreens apparently stopped carrying the breath mint stuff. Didn't find it at Walmart either, but I did find eye drops. I think it was about $1.50/bottle. Is the half ounce hand sanitize...

In Gear Swap » WTB - Mini Dropper Bottles
September 23, 8:07pm

Clothing Layers for 10 - 25 degrees?
I'm basically in the same boat as the OP was over 2 years ago, and I'm also new to the sport (been soaking up lots of info here!). I'm sure some new things have come out, but my criteri...

In Winter Hiking » Clothing Layers for 10 - 25 degrees
September 23, 2:20pm

Re: Re: Iced tea spoon
> On the iced tea spoons - those show up at Dollar Trees often in big packs for $1. We give them out as gifts often at shows. Not for use in cooking in pots, but for FBC they rock. I agree! D...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » To freezer bag or not to freezer bag
September 23, 7:48am

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