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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: Trekking poles - help from Gear demigods or other experts
I've heard great things about these pole grips: http://gossamergear.com/trekking/trekking-accessories/lightrek-replacement-grips.html perhaps switching out the wood heads for those?

In GEAR » Trekking poles - help from Gear demigods or other experts
August 07, 8:55am

Hides
Actually, the best method I have found to manage my sweat, is simply to become dehydrated to the point where I don't create any more sweat. That's called "solving the problem, not the ...

In GEAR » sweat & sunglasses management
August 07, 8:52am

Re: Oh, and on the subject of bear ropes
fwiw, we used Ironwire for our oops rope, and standard Philmont rope for everything else. a good compromise. Our Ranger didn't care one way or another.

In Philmont » My experience at Philmont...
August 06, 8:55am

Re: Critique my sleeping bag choices
You might want to consider adding lighter items to what you currently have, so you are ultimately creating a more versatile system. In other words, perhaps consider a lighter (40d/50d) quilt you...

In GEAR » Critique my sleeping bag choices
August 02, 12:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Why Deet?
Me? I don't spin anything! Seriously though, just how is the "layperson" gong to interpret that marketing bullet? Fwiw, I worked at REI for many years, and I am highly certain t...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
August 01, 2:00pm

Re: Re: Why Deet?
"Monty, nobody said that you should apply the DEET to your skin." Really? Tell that to REI: "Protects exposed skin areas against mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, gnats and ticks&qu...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
August 01, 1:23pm

Re: Sub-pound Backpacks
Thanks Eric, This is a great summary! Please keep it up for a while, if you don't mind. Will you make occasional updates to it, by any chance? best, Matt

In GEAR » Sub-pound Backpacks
August 01, 8:25am

Re: No hard core backpacking with kids. Very very soft core.
We took our oldest son camping pretreat consistently since he was only a few months old. Not too difficult at that time since he only wobbled around. But once our 2nd was born, camping became mo...

In GEAR » Camping with Toddlers
August 01, 5:43am

Re: True, but....
While we were initially scheduled for a 4pm bus trip back to base, we were able to snag an earlier bus ride back - thank G_D. that gave us ample time to clean up and pack before dinner. However....

In Philmont » The Southwest Chief
July 30, 4:20pm

Back for almost 24 hrs & already miss it.
Just got back yesterday evening after a day’s worth of driving to Denver and flying back to Maryland. So beautiful. I can still hear myself humming the hymn under my breath. Although we we...

In Philmont » My experience at Philmont...
July 30, 4:11pm

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