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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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here's my ankle story
So here's my ankle story. I am certain you will get all sorts of advice, but this is what I experienced. 20+ years ago, I both did a lot of backpacking and played volleyball. Every other wee...

In GEAR » Calling out ankle woes sufferers
September 02, 10:51am

Re: Re: Re: is a knife a non-essential item?
Do you need any kind of first aid kit for your trip? If so, how much of one? Same goes with the knife. Of course if you are not alone, perhaps bring one to share so there's no redunda...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 28, 11:46am

Re: Depends on length of trip
+1 to "it depends". I have this thing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZBZ64Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which worked pretty well on it's own. I also ...

In GEAR » battery pack vs solar panel
August 26, 7:27am

Re: Paradox Rain Jacket at Costco
They are not the same jacket as was sold before. They also say "Waterproof Breathable" on the box. I picked up a pair for the kids the other day. I haven't looked at them close eno...

In Gear Deals » Paradox Rain Jacket at Costco
August 25, 9:54am

so when your vestibule just doesn't cut it...
add a Tent Wing! It says it's lightweight, too! (In 1992 standards, perhaps.)

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 21, 10:17am

Re: RE: People's experiences with warranties
So with all these warranty experiences, wouldn't it be GREAT for BPL to have a user accessible spreadsheet (or something like this) where users can add their own warranty stories?! Some com...

In GEAR » People's experiences with warranties?
August 20, 10:45am

Re: Wet, humid weekend. Stick to UL gear or go more traditional?
The biggest issue I have experienced when camping in "dank" weather, is paying just as much attention to drying off as I do to not getting wet. As others have mentioned, good site selecti...

In GEAR » Wet, humid weekend. Stick to UL gear or go more traditional?
August 20, 10:19am

Re: Don't shoot me - quick question on tarp stakes
"That said, can anyone just tell me what to buy for my first try at lighter stakes? I'll be camping on AT-type terrain in southern Virginia, so somewhat rocky, soft soil, in a forest at al...

In GEAR » Don't shoot me - quick question on tarp stakes
August 19, 4:32pm

the accidental modding of a Rainshadow II
So after months of meticulous planning and numerous shakedown trips, my son's troop and I arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch all ready for twelve days of fabulous backpacking. So once we arrive...

In GEAR » the accidental modding of a Rainshadow II
August 14, 11:04am

First family backpacking trip: Dolly Sods 6-13-2014 to 6-15-2014
So in the spirit of father’s day this year, my wife encouraged us to go on our very first family backpacking trip. While my son has a few years of backpacking experience in scouting, this would b...

In Post-Trip Reports » First family backpacking trip: Dolly Sods 6-13-2014 to 6-15-2014
August 14, 9:21am

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