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Jay Ham (jham) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Southwest
About Me Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.

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MYOG, not always cheap
Dane and all, I agree the cost of buying high end fabrics in low quantities brings the cost of making your own gear (esp clothing) nearly to the price of store bought. And you can often beat the...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gear Patterns
March 31, 6:52am

Making your own gear
Backpacking Light IS the right place to find how-to articles for making your own gear; well almost. :) We now have a section editor for the MYOG section and will be ramping up this section this ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gear Patterns
March 30, 2:55pm

MYOG section kicking off with...
Douglas and everyone, Backpacking Light now has a section editor for the MYOG section (make your own gear). Since we just finished reviewing most of the alcohol stoves available, I am writing a ...

In GEAR » 1.5 oz alcohol stove and pot combo
March 30, 8:49am

I have the Ultrapod (2 oz, bought at REI for $10). It works great for smaller point and shoot size/digital cameras, like my Sony P-100. The ball head works smoothly, but probably won't support larg...

In Photography » Ultralight tripod
March 11, 10:08am

Pole extender
You might try this: My old Dana Nuk Tuk came with a section of aluminum pole. This was meant to replace the two handle sections of my trekking poles. After taking the top handle sections off, you i...

In GEAR » Pole Extender for Golite Hex 3
March 10, 9:32pm

Aarn Packs
Stay tuned. We are reviewing the Aarn Liquid Agility and Featherlite Freedom packs right now. I am not one of the reviewers, but did get a look at them. They are definately unique, unlike any other...

In GEAR » Aarn Packs dose anyone know ......
February 15, 10:32pm

using tent poles instead of trekking poles?
Hugh, I have done this a couple of different ways. The easiest is to manufacture something to insert into the pole end. To do this, I would purchase some rod aluminum (tubular would work), or even...

In GEAR » using tent poles instead of trekking poles?
February 14, 11:07am

chair kit frame
The Granite Gear packs are slightly deeper than some, contributing to the need to lean forward slightly to balance the weight. I think your rationale for going with the Vapor is well justified. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Frameless Backpack Suspension Systems
November 18, 7:21am

montbell U. L. wind jacket
Scott, I own a Montbell U.L. wind jacket and like it very much. True to Montbell's claim, my size medium weighs 2.6 ounces. The Ballistic Airlight fabric is pretty tough for as light as it is. I...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
November 02, 7:54am

Sleeping pads...frameless
carlos fernandez rivas - It is difficult for a foam or self-inflating sleeping pad to provide the same level of support as a rigid frame, whether it be a plastic framesheet or internal stay. I have...

In Editor's Roundtable » Frameless Backpack Suspension Systems
October 17, 6:36pm

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