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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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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

Re: Day hiking near Urbana, Illinois
Too late I assume but First Glen Preserve has an 11 mile loop SE of Danville, which isn't too far from Urbana.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Day hiking near Urbana, Illinois
October 01, 5:56pm

Re: WTB: Costco flick-lock poles

In Gear Swap » WTB: Costco flick-lock poles
August 19, 10:39am

Re: Cascade poles
I'd prefer to get 4 pairs to make it most cost effective. Unfortunately, Gary's store doesn't have them in stock currently.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Costco flick-lock poles
July 23, 5:54pm

Re: Read review?
The flick-lock version is $50 direct, so wouldn't save any for just a single pair, but I intend to outfit the family so I'd save $48 (or about 4 for the price of 3).

In Gear Swap » WTB: Costco flick-lock poles
July 23, 8:14am

WTB: Costco flick-lock poles
The Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Trekking Poles Andrew Skurka just reviewed look like a good replacement for the aluminum flick-locks from Walmart I've been using. However, I have no Cos...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Costco flick-lock poles
July 22, 10:24pm

Re: Backcountry Internet Options
Unless you happen to be in an area that has good enough cell service to cover data needs also, I wouldn't plan on being in contact. "Wired" uploads her blog posts every few days as sh...

In GEAR » Backcountry Internet Options
July 13, 3:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Recommendations for kid rain/wind jacket
> I also found some Coleman plastic jackets at our local Walmart for about $10 that they have used. As did I. I didn't think it would hold up as well as the Frogg Toggs, which I also wan...

In GEAR » Recommendations for kid rain/wind jacket
June 20, 3:43pm

Chicago Basin loop snow levels?
What are the current snow conditions for the Elk Park/Needleton loop? If I'm reading the data correctly (which is very questionable) it appears there isn't much there east of the Animas Riv...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Durango or Silverton for train departure?
June 20, 1:38pm

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