For the Collector of Ray-Way Books
From the Ray-Way Warehouse, we are now selling new copies of our Collector Editions. These books have been in storage since first published. They are new and un-read. Supply is limited.
The PCT Hiker's Handbook, First Edition 1991
This is the book that popularized lightweight hiking. The first of its kind.
See our PCT Handbook page for more info.
Now for sale: Order Form
The Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Handbook, Second Edition 1996.
See our PCT Hiker's Handbook 2nd-Edition page for more info.
Now for sale: Order Form
Beyond Backpacking, 1999. This version of our lightweight hiking book was the predecessor to Trail Life.
See our Beyond Backpacking page for more info.
Now for sale: Order Form
Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Part 1: Harpers Ferry to Lincoln NH
Climbing Huascarán in the Peruvian Andes. 22 days, 22,205', Jul 1969. 91 photos Be sure to have a look at Betsy's witty trip report on page two of that article.
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My latest budget build (Funny)
I cobbled together some parts - an old i7 processor, some old memory sticks, an old HD, and some old SATA cables - and bought a cheap motherboard (used), a cheap fan, a cheap case (new), and a cheap power supply (new). The power supply (PS) did not work, so I called for a replacement, and meanwhile I used an old PS of a different type that I had laying around. This different PS works fine, and the computer now runs great. It looks a mess with the old PS not fitting; however I got the whole thing working for less than $75. And when the replacement PS arrives, the computer will look fine.
We have recently re-designed our Net-Tent Kit with zipper closure, and named it the Quadratic. The name comes from a part of the math that we used in the design. Quadratic Formula Song
The Quadratic Net-Tent is meant to be used under a Ray-Way Tarp. But it can also be used alone. Here, we have removed the Tarp, and pitched the Quadratic with the same poles and cords, although we had to use short (16") extension cords on the corner and side guys.
We are now offering six sizes of the Quadratic Kit. Specifications
We are working on a Quadratic Kit Sewing Video
, and hope to have it available soon.
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The Ray-Way Blood Cleaner
Our Blood Cleaner is an electro-medical device that kills or disables pathogens in a person's bloodstream. It works by sending pulsed micro-currents through the skin and into the blood vessels of the wrist. These micro-currents are barely felt by the the person, only a slight tingling, but they are lethal to any harmful microorganisms found in the blood.
Concept 300 Blood Cleaner
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Making another batch of Blood Cleaners. We make the Blood Cleaners under a microscope and use a home-made vacuum tool to place the components on the circuit boards.
The Blood Cleaner has 27 mirco-components, all crammed onto a curicut board no bigger than a postage stamp. With my electronics microscope I'm looking at a sample of one component, with a dime for scale.
New batch of Blood Cleaners for June 2017. Each batch takes us the better part of five days to build. They are all made by hand, and they take a lot of time to make.
"I am living proof that the Blood Cleaner works! My head has totally cleared up, I can think clearer, concentrate better, and my body is in a much more calm relaxed state. My body aches are gone by 70% , it's just amazing how far I have come in these five months, it's astronomical!!!" -Sherry's Story
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More Than Seven Hundred New Photos!
Read It For Free
Wow, this is a Fantastic Book!! Incredibly interesting, and the photos are SUPERB. Congratulations, Ray and Jenny, for completing such an amazing journey. You are very courageous people, and Jenny is one strong lady. It's wonderful to see people loving the world/life. Makes me kind of feel like I haven't lived yet. Absolutely tremendous job on the book!!" - Sherry B.
"The god of Long Trail Hiking, Ray Jardine,
Really Came to Tottori Japan!"
We had a fabulous time in Japan. Our StoryBe-Pal magazine Jan 2017Be-Pal magazine March 2017
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2016-07-31: I've returned home, after completing my Appalachian Trail section hike. That makes four AT hikes now: three thru-hikes and another section hike. This hike was also a big success and I couldn't be more pleased!
Ray summited Katahdin on July 29, completing his Appalachian Trail section hike.
For the record, I hiked the trail in three sections:
- Section 1: Springer GA to Harpers Ferry WV, 1,022 mi in 49 days - Mar 1 to Apr 18, 2013
- Section 2: Harpers Ferry WV to Lincoln NH, 777 mi in 44 days - Apr 12 to May 25, 2016
- Section 3: Lincoln NH to Katahdin, 389 mi in 24 days - Jul 06 to Jul 29, 2016
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"When I mentioned to a friend that Ray Jardine was certainly one of the top 100 athletes and adventurers of all time, I was asked, "How do you know that?" My response was: Show me someone else who has accomplished the same type feats for so many years, and they would be number 101. However, the chances are that they would be under the influence of commercial sponsors, steroids, political persuasions or other special interest groups. Ray is independent of these entanglements, and self made. And truth is, he's probably among the top 10 or 20.
Most of his "fun trips" (as he refers to them) have been self-propelled, assisted only by harnessing the forces of nature with his own ingenuity and intelligence. It is simply amazing that he continues to endure world class sports - years after having reached "retirement age."
One might ask, "How does Ray do it?" Well, among many things, based on my sports activities and conversations with him, Ray has the ability to concentrate better than anyone I know. Surviving the types of challenges that he has overcome requires attention to 100 percent of the activity, 100 percent of the time.
In addition to his thinking methods, his education, training and perseverance are traits he has in common with many other champions. Ray clearly exhibits these in his accomplishments. The fact that these are so numerous is a testament to the application of these and other factors. One can refer to public records and journals for verification.
Ray is not alone. His steadfast faith has given him spiritual nourishment and strength. And, since he invited Jenny to sail around the world with him 34 years ago, she has been there and accomplished many of these achievements.
Jenny and Ray are real people; bound by the same physical, mental, time, energy and space constraints as we all are. But the two of them are really a phenomenon, individually and collectively. Not just adventurists; they are an adventure in and of themselves. They exude goodwill and success. Like other supermodels, they give us something we can believe, and people we can believe in.
It is a dream fest to view their photos and to read the stories on their website. With a little imagination and/or experience with their activities, you will share the love that has driven them to these goals, and the emotions of joy, fear, love and victory that have accompanied them on their endeavors.
I encourage Ray to write more, because I have saved time, money and prevented many certain mistakes by simply studying his books. Most importantly, imparting of his knowledge and experience is the best way to preserve and bestow future student adventurers with the ability to extrapolate his teachings across a full spectrum of disciplines.
Thanks to Ray and Jenny for their love of, and contributions to the human spirit."
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The GDR (Great Divide Route) is one of the toughest mountain bike rides in the country. Its 2,700 miles long, and runs from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. It's also possible with a dual-sport motorcycle. I've ridden it eleven
times.Six Thousand Miles of Dirt
30 days, 6,287 mi.
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From a recent magazine article:
|Our NEW book Global Voyage
In the early 80's Jenny and Sailed our ketch Suka Around the World. The three-years journey was our favorite trip of all. After the voyage I wrote a book, and now I have published it on our website.Read the Book Here For Free
. 774 photos.
Ray Jardine placing a number-2 Friend on the Phoenix, Yosemite 1977. This was the world's first 5.13 rated climb.
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New Tarp Kit Colors
Just a reminder for Appalachian Trail hikers
The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential has a whole chapter on how to minimize a person's exposure to ticks and the diseases they can transmit. This topic is a concern for many hikers and campers, whether or not they are sleeping under a tarp and using a Spitfire or Net-Tent. As such, I think this is a critically important chapter for Appalachian Trail hikers, or other people who frequent the beautiful woods of the eastern states. Even if you have no interest in tarp camping, I consider the Ticks chapter essential reading for a safe and worry free trip.|
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