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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: Dryer Balls!
use a hairtie, perhaps? :>D

In GEAR » Dryer Balls!
June 05, 11:23am

Dryer Balls!
Thanks to my wife who loves to knit, I have observed that my dryer has amassed a large quantity of balls. "Dryer Balls", that is. What's nice is they completely REPLACE the ne...

In GEAR » Dryer Balls!
June 04, 10:43pm

Re: RE: what I have experienced
"Still want to pursue alcohol stoves? Then in my humble opinion save the alcohol stoves for those treks that only have the scouts who have become advanced enough & mature enough to be resp...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » The easiest, cheapest, robust Scout backpacking stove ever?
June 04, 11:14am

Re: Re: "The Hilleberg House Project"
Max, Good journey, friend. Sounds like a nice ride. My only advice about the tent decision: Make sure you go out and get the cheapest poly tarp and cover your precious Hilleberg with it -...

In GEAR » The Hilleberg House Project
June 01, 9:20pm

Re: Wind jacket plus fleece with no rain jacket?
Just yesterday, entirely for the hellofit, I walked outside for a few minutes in a "typical" mid-Atlantic severe thunderstorm in my Dead Bird Squamish (the 2012 model), just to see how wa...

In GEAR » Wind jacket plus fleece with no rain jacket?
May 28, 10:27am

Re: Do you peg ground peg points on your tent?
Putting stakes in at the base of the poles can help resist uplift as well as lateral deformity. It would certainly reduce the amount of "work" the other stakes are doing. If I'...

In GEAR » Do you peg ground peg points on your tent?
May 27, 5:33am

Re: Tangentially related ?
I've always used a bowline knot. Doesn't go anywhere & I know how to easily untie them. Knowing knots is like knowing first aid. Basic camping knowledge is definitely the lightest th...

In GEAR » Why use line locks on a guylines?
May 25, 8:47am

what does this have to do with "Gear"?
Seems funny to me. This thread should have started in "Gear Deals", then got transferred over to "Chaff" the second a comment arose about not shopping there. Do we really...

In Chaff » Hobby Lobby has good selection of 550 cord
May 21, 8:00am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Coverage range
"I am often very hot on it. Like, wake-up-sweating hot." The mattresses "R" value probably contributes very little to this experience in relation to the air temp, relative hu...

In GEAR » Why the obsession over sleeping bag/quilt warmth but not sleeping pad warmth?
May 20, 10:33pm

Re: Re: Re: News of Jeff Lowe
Oh yes you are correct. I often get "the brothers" confused.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » News of Jeff Lowe
May 20, 9:31am

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