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Matt Dirksen (NamelessWay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mid Atlantic
About Me Used to be very active in the outdoors prior to the kids. Worked at REI and HTO on and off from mid 80's till the birth of my first child in 2000. Now 3(kids later)we are trying as a family to get out whenever we can. Given I am carrying most of the family gear, I see huge value in packing it as light as possible. We are so much looking forward to the longer trips once again again.

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Re: Holy shirt! looking for recommendations
I've recently got a Cap 4 Hoody. If I were in your shoes had had one "shirt" to bring, that would likely be it. It's got a pretty long zipper so I can easily ventilate it. I reall...

In GEAR » Holy shirt! looking for recommendations
April 18, 11:38am

Re: We're a tough crowd alright.
"FOUR. If you ever submit another review, please note that writing "the best" anything puts you dead center in the cross hairs of anybody who has > two connected neurons--them'...

In Editor's Roundtable » Top Ultralight Tent Review
April 17, 10:31am

Re: Re: Comfort
Although it's likely the same as GG's Thinlight: I've been enjoying Lawson's 20x48x1/8 EVA foam pad. It is extremely fold-able and malleable, so I have been able to use it for a ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What sleeping mat?
April 15, 2:11pm

Re: Same cord different technique
Like stated above: Toss one rope over the branch with a carabiner knotted in the middle of the line, with your second "hauling" line threaded through that biner. Once the two ends of t...

In GEAR » Thicker bear line that WON'T hurt trees?
April 15, 8:27am

Re: UL Tent Recommendations - Under $400
Hi Jeff, Welcome to UL Backpacking! Just to be clear, you are new to "backpacking", "UL", or both? I ask that because I believe your budget will offer you a very wide sel...

In GEAR » UL Tent Recommendations - Under $400
April 11, 8:24am

Re: Re: RE: Backpack measuring/ordering
+1 to everything said. and I just wish to emphasize the importance of a new pack owner understanding HOW to adjust their pack once it's properly fit. (And having just fit an new Osprey p...

In GEAR » Backpack measuring/ordering
April 10, 9:03am

Re: Re: Casio PAW1300
+1 on the solar atomic Casio gizmatron (I don't remember model one I have.) (Relatively) inexpensive, durable, & reliable. A great value for a lot of features. To get a accurate read, i...

In GEAR » Reliable altimeter watch
April 09, 9:08am

Re: Thank you all for your insight
Great choice! Perhaps I'll see you out there w/ my Ranshadow II! Matt

In Philmont » Freestanding or Not for Philmont?
April 02, 10:42am

Re: What sleeping bag to get?
The "typical" sleeping bag sold for three season use is a 20 degree bag. Although like Derek and Kevin said, "three seasons" in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are very different ...

In GEAR » What sleeping bag to get?
April 02, 5:29am

Fun with some 1/8 pads and a Neorest
I had an opportunity to do some experimenting this past weekend, when a scout backpacking trip turned into a cabin campout, due to a "hypothermic" weather forecast and ill-prepared scouts...

In GEAR » Fun with some 1/8 pads and a Neorest
April 01, 3:39pm

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