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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Help! How do you dry your shoes overnight in winter?
While in theory keeping shoes dry is a good idea, unless super cold / dry conditions there will be issues with boots getting wet even if using VBL unless they are something like the old Mickey mous...

In GEAR » Help! How do you dry your shoes overnight in winter?
December 17, 11:35am

Re: Quest for perfect shelter system for 3 week solo JMT starting in late July
If you are really going to cowboy camp >=70% of the time (summertime JMT that is realistic in normal years) then you could consider doing a poncho/tarp or small tarp combined with something lik...

In GEAR » Quest for perfect shelter system for 3 week solo JMT starting in late July
December 17, 11:17am

Re: Re: Re: Too many rain jacket choices
I agree with others that the propore based jackets work well but typically suck from a fit perspective and have some durability issues. I also found that the inside of the cuffs would often absorb...

In GEAR » Too many choices, rain jackets
December 10, 6:16pm

Re: Thorofare Trekking Pants
The fabric in the Thorofare was a limited run of extra light Pertex Equilibrium done by Perseverance Mills. I doubt we will ever see the fabric again :( Even though it was 1/2 the weight of you...

In GEAR » Thorofare Trekking Pants
December 10, 2:18am

Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Bags, Vaude Daypack, Kestrel Knife, Tarptent Double Rainbow
Pair of Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Sleeping Bags (left, right zippers which mate), for 6ft, 62" shoulder, $225 each, $400 pair. Like New. I seem to recall measuring them at 28oz, One used...

In Gear Swap » Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Bags, Vaude Daypack, Kestrel Knife, Tarptent Double Rainbow
October 12, 6:27pm

FS: Western Mountaineering, Tarptent, TNF Basecamp Duffel, Sony RX100 & UW Enclosure, Wilderness Experience Klettersack, Etc
Posted and then went offline so wasn't able to respond. reposting to restart this.

In Gear Swap » Western Mountaineering, Tarptent, TNF Basecamp Duffel, Sony RX100 & UW Enclosure, Wilderness Experience Klettersack
September 18, 2:15pm

Re: is the sony rx100 worth it?
Worth it? My short answer is yes. Why? The RX100 is the only pocket size camera that I have been happy with the image quality of pictures provided I can keep it below ISO 640 or so. Any other s...

In Photography » is the sony rx100 worth it?
September 03, 2:04pm

Re: What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
As others have indicated, the Arcteryx Cerium will likely not be enough when you stop unless you run very warm. You need about 4x more insulation when sitting as when you are doing heavy work (li...

In GEAR » What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
August 21, 10:06am

Re: Polygeiene
xstatic / visa endurance (when they had 8% silver or more) often they are 4% worked decently. This year I have tried polygiene (in Patagonia cap 1). It has worked pretty well, but not as well as ...

In GEAR » the least stinky of the synthetic baselayers?
August 14, 3:36pm

Re: What is your favorite base layer?
If the trip is going to be below 50F (shoulder, winter trips for me) then Patagonia Cap4 Hoody can't be beat IMHO. When it's warmer I have been mostly wearing a long sleeve Patagonia Cap...

In GEAR » What is your favorite base layer?
August 12, 7:16pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am