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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: Foot pain after a trip: How to prevent in the future?
+1 to Spenco, but make sure they have metatarsal support. +2 to seeing a Podiatrist whom you trust. I had a very similar situation evolve this past summer, toward the end of a two week trip at ...

In GEAR » Foot pain after a trip: How to prevent in the future?
October 30, 12:17pm

Re: Re: Re: ZPack Arc Blast questions
Believe it or not, my base weight was around 15 lbs, including a tent for me and another adult (TT Rainshadow II). The fundamental problem was our scoutmaster (who was going to Philmont for the...

In GEAR » ZPack Arc Blast questions
October 24, 2:00pm

Re: ZPack Arc Blast questions
I can't speak to JMT or a thru hike, but I went to Philmont with it this past July. I had to carry a bunch of our crew gear and typically had to carry it somewhere between 37 and 43 pounds. ...

In GEAR » ZPack Arc Blast questions
October 22, 9:25pm

Re: Cooking During Ranger Checkout
The reality is that EVERY dinner provided by Philmont is essentially a meal for two people. How a crew decides to cook it is ultimately their prerogative. Is it sensible to bring six stoves and ...

In Philmont » Cooking During Ranger Checkout
October 22, 9:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
yeah. It certainly sounds like a contradiction. Vapor barriers don't really permeate much of anything, simply due to what they are. In the building world (and technically speaking), the...

In GEAR » Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
October 15, 8:37am

Re: Excellent
Hi Scott, Last year, I used a 50d EE Enigma as an overbag on a couple of cold weather trips. It worked very well and took on zero moisture. Given that it is made with Downtech, I was not worried...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag + Quilt
October 07, 10:11am

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In Gear Swap » FS: SMD Gatewood Cape + Serenity Net Tent
October 02, 4:30am

Re: Utility of a down vest
I've had great experience with Luke's Ultralight Argon down vest. This plus a Cap 4 hoody and I am pretty comfortable for a lot of what I do. I also have the down sleeves & hood and bri...

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 18, 9:18am

Re: 4-season quilt?
Southeast? Like the Smokies in the winter? What part of Southeast are you talking about.

In GEAR » 4-season quilt?
September 13, 9:27pm

Just close enough for a few pun related jokes, and (of course) not to be confused with the "Tie-Bomber", or else G Lucas would have a conniption fit.

In Gear Deals » Name the Potty Trowel
September 08, 10:49am

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