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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: Homemade tents
> I used 1" wide strips of the tape in building the tents. I cut the 2" wide duct tape roll in half with an Exacto knife. Always looking to save weight. :) Interesting about the dif...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 06, 5:54pm

Re: Smallest compressed sleeping bag setup?
It's not what you asked for but I'd think something like a Heatsheets blanket would be the smallest, lightest and cheapest option. You said temp rating isn't an issue so why even use a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Smallest compressed sleeping bag setup?
September 03, 5:10pm

Re: Homemade tents
Al, Thanks for expanding your original document. It will prove quite helpful. I'm sure I'll have a bunch of questions still. :) Does your 18 oz figure include all the cords, stakes and ...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
August 30, 2:00pm

Homemade tents
I thought this should be split from the Cooking thread. Al Geist wrote: As seen in the picture at http://www.csm.ornl.gov/~geist/Philmont We only took one of the MYOG tents. The boys used more...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
August 30, 1:34pm

Re: Re: Beyond Turkey bagging / tents
Al, Quart freezer bags is the way I have intended to go on our trips. The boys may decide otherwise. Our first BP is Oct. It will be interesting to hear what your's decide for future trips ...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
August 28, 7:13am

Re: Re: preferred remove canister valve location?
OK. That's what I had thought and wondered if there was something I was missing. Seems at the canister would have less chance of getting burnt, too.

In GEAR » Brunton Vesta Stove
August 27, 2:05pm

Re: preferred remove canister valve location?
> Valve at the stove, not out at the canister. Why did you prefer this? I would have thought the opposite would be better.

In GEAR » Brunton Vesta Stove
August 27, 11:39am

Re: Beyond Turkey bagging
What do you do on normal trips where you don't have any Philmont pouches? Just use the Tupperware method?

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
August 27, 6:16am

Re: Fiberglass Wick dangers
I had assumed y'all covered over the wick with something once installed. Definitely don't want to breathe the particles or get them in your eyes. I'm amazed I can still see after insula...

In Gear Lists » GSMNP 7/09 gear list (first trip)
August 26, 2:49pm

Re: Side cutters for Heineken pot
I had seen that other poster mention the Walmart side-cutter scored the lid up good. It looks EXACTLY like the Good Cook ones in this series of pics. http://www.flickr.com/photos/epilektric/2969...

In Gear Lists » GSMNP 7/09 gear list (first trip)
August 26, 12:23pm

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