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Ike Jutkowitz (Ike) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central Michigan
About Me Grew up in the Adirondacks, with my first backpacking experiences on the Northville-Placid Trail. Avid fly fisherman and runner, occasional rock climber and mountain biker. Now living in Michigan which has put a damper on vertical endeavors.
My PDF Gear ListTrap Hills 3 season gear list

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Fixed blade
I prefer a fixed blade for ease of access when paddling and ease of cleaning when fishing. The smallest blade that fits the bill is a titanium-carbide knife from Javan Dempsey that now travels w...

In GEAR » how big of a knife do we really need (or how small of knife can we get by with)?
September 09, 4:39am

Re: weight of gear
Packraft, paddle, PFD, and repair kit is about 10 lb as you mentioned. Adding in a larger pack, extra clothing (fleece preferred over puffies), neoprene socks and gloves, waterproof pants, etc, I f...

In Packrafting » Weight of packrafting gear
September 08, 5:30pm

September is awesome in the UP
You couldn't pick a better time to visit. Daytime temps in the 50-65 F range. Night temps 30-40s. Be prepared for sub freezing. Bugs mostly gone. I usually bring poncho tarp, 30F quilt, coo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Porcupine Mountains in September
September 08, 1:25pm

Re:
I eat primally (paleo plus cheese and winel) at home. I'm a little more flexible on the trail with the addition of quinoa pasta and mashed potato. Breakfasts are usually sausage or bacon an...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Paleo backpackers??
September 08, 1:11pm

Enchantment
Ian, I really enjoyed your humorous write up and photos. Thanks!

In Post-Trip Reports » The Enchantments Day Hike
September 07, 1:34pm

Re
I enjoyed your write up, Jani. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

In Post-Trip Reports » Onion Valley, Gardiner Basin, Sixty Lakes Basin, Rae Lakes Onion Valley Loop 8/20-8/26
September 07, 1:32pm

re: pot buildup
Embrace the mark of a well-used piece of gear.

In GEAR » build up on pots used with bush buddy
September 05, 11:46am

Icebreaker Merino
I own 3 icebreaker tech T lite long sleeve shirts, two icebreaker tech t lite short sleeve shirts, and one short sleeve collared shirt that I use for daily wear. I wouldn't say they shrunk much...

In GEAR » icebreaker merino shrinkage?
September 05, 11:42am

Not the most scenic
It certainly clears out the undergrowth and is great for mushroom hunting or berry picking. If fishing is your goal though, fires often kill off a significant portion of the fish population due t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's it like to bushwhack after a large forest fire?
September 03, 1:57pm

FS: Icebreaker tech T lite long sleeve mens medium, $30
Sold Tags removed, but never used. Color is "Fossil", a metallic grey color. I own 3 of these shirts and love them (in fact, I'm wearing one now), but don't care for the col...

In Gear Swap » FS: Icebreaker tech T lite long sleeve mens medium, $30
September 03, 1:49pm

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