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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.
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: New lightweight Philmont Cooking Technique
For those that use the turkey bag style, do you spoon, pour or squeeze out (like an icing bag) the portions for each crew member from the bag after re-hydration? Al, I really like your techniqu...

In Philmont » Cooking Systems
August 18, 11:32am

Re: Why Philmont? How much "higher adventure" for your troop?
Jim Colten wrote: > I've finally accepted that there's a basic level of discomfort offering a trip when none or at most one of the crew are familiar with the destination area. We've...

In Philmont » Selection guidance requested
August 18, 9:13am

Re: Fibraflex poles
The clips held the pole sections together (until he shock-corded them). The legs aren't adjustable in length (except you don't necessarily need to use all the sections if some need to be wa...

In Photography » Sub-four oz. carbon fiber tripod
August 14, 3:13pm

Lightest P&S with tilt/swivel LCD?
I have and love a Canon A620 but it's on the heavy side. It seems after the 650 they have dropped the tilt/swivel LCD for the most part. I'll never buy another camera for me without that fe...

In Photography » Lightest P&S with tilt/swivel LCD?
August 13, 9:19am

Re: Re: Houdini
Edit: Thought I had found a medium but as it turned out they sold last one yesterday.

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Summer Sale 8/11-8/20
August 13, 8:37am

Re: Fundraising for Philmont, etc?
Standard unit profit for popcorn is 32%, but can be 35% if certain conditions are met (or an additional 4% if you forgo Trails End prizes). In Cub Scouts, our unit split that profit with the Cub 50...

In Philmont » Fundraising for Philmont, etc?
August 06, 6:39am

Re: No TP?
Raw? I'd say it would be just the opposite, helping prevent monkey butt and all. Three "wipes" with a handful of water gets everything nice and clean. Maybe chilly in the winter I sup...

In GEAR » No TP?
August 02, 10:29am

Sorry, Mike. No TP is fine with me but a trowel stays. It was hard enough to dig a hole with a tool MEANT for the job. I couldn't imagine what a PITA it would be with just a stick, rock or heel...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with one pair of shoes?
August 01, 10:09pm

Fundraising for Philmont, etc?
Sort of off topic, but it seems several of you here have gone to Philmont or on other high adventure trips pretty frequently. Outside of popcorn, what do you do to help fund the Scouts' need...

In Philmont » Fundraising for Philmont, etc?
August 01, 10:21am

Re: Stream crossings with one pair of shoes?
I recently did my first trip. I'm hardly UL, but I was trying to go as light as I could at this time. I had always thought wet feet were bad but many knowledgeable folks here have insisted that...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with one pair of shoes?
August 01, 9:28am

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