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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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Re: Part 2 Storm Resistance of Ultralight Shelters
Bumping once again in the faint hopes of an update. I'm particularly interested in the amount of force exerted on tieouts, which of course depends on shelter shape, # of tieouts, etc.

In Editor's Roundtable » Storm Resistance of Ultralight Shelters: Part 1, Introduction
November 10, 9:26am

Re: Gorilla tape tieout points
I think Matt was intending to make loops of tape rather than poking a hole through it. The latter would definitely not work without a washer, etc. The former should be fine unless Gorilla is weaker...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 10, 9:22am

Re: half pyramid plans
If you see my reply to todd above, you'll see I've hardly gotten to use this version (polycryo) unless both boys are on the trip with me (they're in the Lunar Duo then), which hasn'...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 09, 9:44am

Re: half pyramid plans
I'll also admit my inner engineering geek. I made paper mockups of various tarp shapes (1" = 1') with a block of wood shaped to represent me in my bag on my pad to see how cramped thin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 09, 8:53am

Re: half pyramid pics
Just set mine up real quick (and you're right I did make it 9x6 rather than 9x7) to get some pics that may help. Please note I pitched this extra high (just over 48") for exaggeration. I p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 09, 8:44am

Re: half pyramid plans
Actually, mine have all been simple rectangular tarps. In theory I could also pitch it A-frame, flying diamond, etc but I only reinforced it and placed the tie-outs specifically for half pyramid, w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 09, 7:42am

Re: Re: any plans?
@Matt, I see. Half pyramid to me has one open side. Aaron's would be a full (skinny) pyramid to me. @todd, actually I don't use it that much at all for the simple fact that I only use it...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 08, 5:49pm

Re: any plans?
If you mean overall dimensions, I wouldn't go smaller than 8x5 if you expect to experience any kind of weather. I had an 8x6 for my first try and decided I wanted a bit larger so went 9x7 on th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
November 08, 11:02am

Thanks again! :)

In Gear Swap » FS: New Balance - Mens Leadville 1210v2 Shoes - Size 13 Wide (EE)
October 08, 7:40pm

Re: Help the CDT win $25,000 grant
The IAT is making a strong push and slowly gaining on the CDT, being just 240 behind right now. The FT lost about 6,000 votes due to fraud apparently (they now require confirmation of an email addr...

In On the Web » Help the CDT win $25,000 grant
October 06, 7:14am

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