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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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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

Re: Heineken pot questions
> Its a fairly tough can. I top cut mine and leave the rim and that makes it stronger. If you want a lid, you need another can and side cut it. Just tried my first attempt at the Heineken pot...

In Gear Lists » GSMNP 7/09 gear list (first trip)
August 26, 11:17am

Windpro knockoffs for group cooking?
I need to buy a stove that will also be used by our Scout troop. Thus, I'm looking for a remote canister and the Windpro seems to be the best choice for that. I know Kovea makes several of the ...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Windpro knockoffs for group cooking?
August 24, 7:54pm

Re: New lightweight Philmont Cooking Technique
Thanks for the detailed description. So the clips are really serving no purpose in the middle pic - they're just not getting lost. ;) They'd be clipped along one side of the top edge to hol...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
August 20, 6:05pm

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