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Michael Gillenwater (mwgillenwater) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Seattle area
About Me Grew up camping and backpacking in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Then went to the east coast for grad school...then job...then family. Twenty years later we were able to reach escape velocity from Washington DC and relocated the entire family to the PNW. I've fallen in love with the Cascades as much as the Rockies. And we spend 4 weeks every year in Montana near Glacier.

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Ditto above.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Any good recipes with coconut cream powder?
April 14, 9:27pm

Re: Re: Chrome dome replacement?
The montbell umbrellas are pretty interesting. The ultralight ones have spines you have to manually snip into place. Check them out online. And I've rigged up to strap the chrome dome umbre...

In GEAR » Chrome dome replacement?
April 03, 9:19pm

Re: minimalism losing steam?
I need to try the new Altras. I have the original model and despite all the praise, I find it quite uncomfortable. Love the wide toe box, but otherwise just don't like the feel or fit. And t...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 18, 11:04am

Re: trail glove fit
Similar story for me. I've only tried on the Trail Glove, but the fit did not work for me at all. My feet love the fit of the Vivos. I probably have a dozen pairs now (including casual and dr...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 16, 11:26pm

Re: Re: Bad insoles
I hear ya!

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 16, 8:54am

Bad insoles
That confirms it. The insoles on Vivos suck. Not durable and soak up water like a sponge. On my Inov-8s the insoles are just the opposite. The upshot seems to be is that Vivo has good designs, but ...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 15, 10:59pm

Re: Re: vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
the specs say about 9.5oz dry, although I am not sure if that is with or without the insole. So your dry weights will be of great interest. Maybe it is not so bad. I'll have to comparet your...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 15, 3:45pm

Re: Re: vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
Well, apparently they didn't fix the durability problem. I have a pair now as well but am still burning thru the 4 pairs of Breathos I stocked up first. How do the Freaks retain water after bei...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 12, 10:10pm

Mt Defiance
Did Mt Defiance next door about 3 weeks ago. No snow until the very top and then very little even there. Gonna be a nice long 3 season for backpacking this year.

In Post-Trip Reports » Cascade spring dayhike
March 11, 10:22pm

The Duct Tape Miracle
Many years ago, a group of college students, me included, were on a week-long trip through the Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas. It was spring break, and so perfect time to be in the desert. We we...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
January 19, 11:51pm

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