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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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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Where do you carry your layers?
Here's a newbie question for y'all: how do you pack your layering clothing so it is quickly accessible? I've seen many posts about doning or removing layers quickly when you stop/start ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Where do you carry your layers?
October 05, 1:05pm

LDPE bivvy
You might also consider the Heatsheets bivvy. MSRP of just $16. If you don't really need full coverage you can use just a blanket or get 2 blankets and tape together for a cheaper bivvy. I'...

In Make Your Own Gear » I know, it's crazy
October 05, 8:01am

Re: Re: Homemade tents
Any 8959 is the same - just different packaging, length/width, etc. Al used a 1.88" wide roll that he cut in half with an exacto blade.

In Philmont » Homemade tents
October 02, 4:10pm

Re: Re: Scout First Aid kits
> The Patrol/Troop first aid kit on the next page is way out of line I agree (on the other nuts things as well). Not sure if I'll have a fight or not - we just got a huge tackle box to pu...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scout First Aid kits
October 01, 2:14pm

Scout First Aid kits
What do you require your Scouts to take vs all that is recommended in their Handbook?

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Scout First Aid kits
October 01, 11:47am

Re: overlapping noseeum doors?
Nice looking tent, Roger. I don't think snaps would work well for this as it would limit the flexibility of being able to pitch the "A" at differing heights. I wonder if a few stri...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
October 01, 6:07am

Re: Cuben Fiber Down Air Pad
> If everybody orders different length then it can add up to a lot of work. What "standard" sizes will you be offering then?

In Gear Deals » Cuben Fiber Down Air Pad
October 01, 5:43am

Raw edge of noseeum - trim needed?
Al, Did you do anything to finish the cut edge of noseeum that would lay on the ground? Have you tried just overlapping the noseeum doors? I was going to try to do away with the zippers. I h...

In Philmont » Homemade tents
September 30, 1:07pm

Re: Cleanliness on the trail
I'm a newbie at this, but I've always been of the philosophy that if I know I'm going to get dirty, I don't bother to bathe. Thus, on my first trip, which was 11 days, that's ho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
September 29, 7:43pm

Re: Scout Loaners
I had figured that a Scouter (eg, me) would wash the bags as needed because I wouldn't trust a Scout to do it right. They should only need it every couple years as much as we'd use them unl...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Recommend Big 3 as "loaners" for Scouts
September 29, 11:51am

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