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Mark Larson (mlarson) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southeast USA
About Me Lifelong student and nerd in general, currently working on the web. I have a bias for higher mileage and longer days on the trail. Most of my hikes are on the border of SUL & UL; I still weigh everything, but pretty much stopped using spreadsheets. I read all the time, blog less, and run a good bit.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Re: New ULA Circuit 2009
It does look good. Sounds like some worthy improvements for not much weight penalty. I like the roll-top. I don't think that's a new color, though, just the pack was photographed in diff...

In GEAR » New ULA Circuit 2009
November 30, 3:49pm

Re: Bartram Trail
Thanks for the report. I've been on bits and pieces of the Bartram, but never put the whole thing together. I'll have to keep it on my to-hike list. -Mark

In Photo Gallery » Bartram Trail
November 09, 5:11pm

Re: UL Creatures
Sheep on the Laugavegur in Iceland: Centipede on Shuckstack, Great Smoky Mountains, Appalachian Trail: Cattle in Mt. Rogers NRA, Virginia, Appalachian Trail: Snail near Hogpen Gap, G...

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
November 01, 5:51pm

Re: UL Creatures
Sandpipers on the shores of Cumberland Island, Georgia.

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
November 01, 12:06pm

Re: SUL water -- water belt
I remember Glen van Peski used a water belt on a PCT hike a couple years ago: Basically a nylon sleeve you can toss a...

In GEAR » SUL water
October 20, 9:34pm

Re: Iceland -Sept. 2008
Temps were fairly steady in the 40-50s F/5-10C. Once around mid-day it got up to the 60s for about an hour. My primary shelter was the fancy hut system (bunks, mattresses, stove, sink, tables, e...

In Post-Trip Reports » Iceland: The Laugavegur, September 2008
October 20, 9:15pm

Iceland: The Laugavegur, September 2008
In mid-September this year, just slightly off-season, I spent a couple days hiking Laugavegurinn (translates something like "the warm pools way" or "the hot springs route") in s...

In Post-Trip Reports » Iceland: The Laugavegur, September 2008
October 20, 8:18pm

Shires Tarptents 20% off
And I quote: "We have a limited number of Contrail, Cloudburst 2, Squall 2, Rainbow, Double Rainbow, and Rainshadow 2 models in stock and on sale. The Sublite is not in stock but will be No...

In Gear Deals » Shires Tarptents 20% off
October 19, 6:56pm

Words + Pictures, Together
Great illustrations and a great narrative. This is really helpful. Thanks, Mike!

In Editor's Roundtable » Ditch Your Stakes: A Guide To Alternative Shelter Anchors
July 09, 5:50am

Re: Re: Shoes are wrecking our feet?
Yep, it's a harsh world for feet. I don't think I'd want to go bare everywhere outdoors. But I think it's a cool parallel with ultralight philosophy... Part of it just getting back ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes are wrecking our feet?
April 23, 8:41pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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GoLite Virga
Used this one on the AT this summer. My particular model has 1 large pocket on the right-hand side. I accidentally purchased a Small @ 8.1oz, but it ended up working out just fine for size [5'11, ...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 18, 8:18am

Montrail Masai
I like the Masai quite a bit. They don't wear as well as many other shoes. The toe rubber and seams started to flake out around the 300-mile mark, but surprisingly the fabric itself showed very li...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 01, 10:26am

Gossamer Gear Miniposa
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam. I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 14, 9:29am

Inov8 Flyroc 310
The Flyrocs are quite good. The deep-lugged soles make for excellent grip. I like that the heel isn't significantly raised, so you the shoes feel nice and close to the ground. The open mesh lets some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 02, 9:07am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
This pot has great dimensions. Wide base, but not too shallow. Also wide enough to fit a trimmed spoon inside with my entire kitchen, and still close completely. I like the volume for meals on long-te...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 16, 11:19am

Gatorade Bottle
I'll put a plug in the for the Gatorade Endurance bottles in particular. They are a little more narrow and taller than the standard squatty bottles, so they fit more easily in side pockets. 1L/34oz ca...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 04, 3:05am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
This shoe is almost brilliant. I love the mesh, and the thin tongue is very comfortable. The footbed is probably the most supportive and comfortable I've ever used--no sore spots or aches. My bones an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 04, 3:00am

U.S. Department of Defense MRE Spoon
Meals-ready-to-eat come with great spoons, and some food, too. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is or where to find them commercially. The spoons have a generous length, long to reach the bottom o...

In Cookware - Other
November 04, 2:49am

Montane Featherlite
A great, great windshirt, and I've been really surprised by its inclement weather performance. I've been on brief runs [20-40 minutes] in the rain with the Featherlite. While it eventually wets out an...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:40am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
This is a review of the non-extended version, which I've really grown to like. Just a bit over 7oz, about 7.75 feet long, and a bargain at $40-50. I have had no problems with durability; snags on tree...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 04, 2:29am