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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: Re: Climbing Rope as Sleeping Pad?
And not a great way to take care of your rope, either. Any dirt that got itself stuck in the rope would simply get mashed into it, likely breaking the rope down more quickly. In other words: no...

In Multiple Use Gear » Climbing Rope as Sleeping Pad?
July 01, 6:13am

shirt vs. shirtless
R-rating is a 50 year old invention created by the insulation companies to make it simpler to sell and compare their products to eachother. What R value actually represents is the reciprocal of a m...

In GEAR » Is there such a thing as fabric with a zero or even negative R-rating?
June 25, 2:24pm

Re: Eh..
While I personally don't care for it, I see that the Big Agnes "MtGlo" lighting tech made it into Backpacker's 2015 Editor's Choice awards. Seems to me (like many of the comme...

In GEAR » Thoughts on new REI EVRGRN line, catalogs, offers and light polluting tents...
June 23, 3:54pm

Re: Re: C&O Canal weather in July
Doug said it. Wind is a memorable yet sporadic occurrence. If there is any chance you can bike ride the trail (as others have mentioned it), I believe you will have a much more enjoyable journe...

In Gear Lists » C&O Canal Towpath - Late July/Early Aug
June 22, 9:07am

C&O Canal weather in July
"The average highs/lows along the towpath for the time I'm going is typically in the high 80s to high 50s, and there isn't a history of exceptional rainfall either. " I imagine...

In Gear Lists » C&O Canal Towpath - Late July/Early Aug
June 22, 5:13am

Re: Re: The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
"Don't focus on the gear, focus on the how." Well said, Nick. On that note; focusing on the "how" helps inform what tools are required in order to end up being somewhe...

In GEAR » The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
June 10, 5:39am

Re: Instructions for sauna
Having many years of experience with "traditional" sweat lodge ceremonies, I will offer that the use of plastics to contain the heat & moisture is not generally recommended under any ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking saunas
June 09, 5:42am

PFC's anyone?
Wasn't sure if I saw much pop up on this topic earlier, so I thought I'd share a recent Trehugger blog w/ the BPL community: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-fashion/waterproof-non-...

In GEAR » PFC's anyone?
June 08, 10:16am

Re: wind shirt
I always use my wind shirt - all year, especially if I use a Gatewood cape as shelter. However, I don't always bring a rain jacket nowadays. In mid-Atlantic spring/summer climate, one can be...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
May 26, 5:32am

Re: Re: The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
Make me wonder what would happen if they re-released a classic outdoors masterpiece, like "Deliverance"... Would we all of a sudden start building more dams again? Chaff aside, any ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
May 24, 8:32am

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