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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 17 and 8 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
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Re: Re: Stake loops on Space Blanket material
> I run the wire stakes right through the loops into the ground. The way you stated that makes it sound like you pierce through the tape material in the same spot each time. I had envisioned ...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 10, 9:23am

Re: Re: Heatsheet edge reinforcement
> I did this on my early mylar prototypes where I used stake loops (made from tape) rather than grommets. I was planning loops to stay away from grommets. It can't be pitched quite as clo...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 09, 10:40am

Re: Re: Heatsheet reinforcement
Al, I guess ALL the tape could be placed on the under (silver) side. In that case the polyethylene would likely break down before the tape on the other side of the AL. I couldn't find any info...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 09, 8:11am

A roll of 100 6'x4' Heatsheets is $87. Shipping is only FedEx so pretty steep. $20.11 from GA to IN. But $1.08/sheet isn't bad and they're a little more environment friendly being w...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 08, 7:31am

Re: Coghlan tube tent
Indeed, the Coughlan's tube tent is 2.5 mil (wouldn't have thought it was THAT heavy though). The Heatsheets are 1 mil (at least what they use at race finishes - maybe the ones they make fo...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 07, 4:58pm

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 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

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