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Michael Gillenwater (mwgillenwater) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Seattle area
About Me Grew up camping and backpacking in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Then went to the east coast for grad school...then job...then family. Twenty years later we were able to reach escape velocity from Washington DC and relocated the entire family to the PNW. I've fallen in love with the Cascades as much as the Rockies. And we spend 4 weeks every year in Montana near Glacier.

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Re: Alti Hok
Just a quick addition. I am not sure I would go for the Hoks or anything with a universal type binding. I would want the extra "tortional stability" of a ski binding. But that means you...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 05, 8:49pm

Re: Master of none
I would reciprocate by agreeing with Philip. I'm just pretty sure my standards are a lot lower. I have a short Alpina BC ski set up similar to the one describe below. But for really rolling hil...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 05, 11:41am

Re: Post GGG
I'll be sporting my tenkara rig as well. If called for, remember to bring your fishing license. Separately, in terms of gear, what is the tradition in terms of what to bring for show and te...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
June 05, 1:37am

Re: Hok
first, i am no expert on this topic or on BC skiing. so take that into consideration. Dave C here on BPL I think has some thoughts on the Hoks. Also note that I did not get out on mine a single ...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
June 04, 9:33pm

Re: Re: Post PNW/GGG hike anyone?
Ned and I are planning to do a hike up the Valley probably after the GGG. With the plan on returning back to Seattle on Tuesday. I think it is safe to say that all are welcome, and we can make spe...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
June 03, 5:30pm

Montbell?
Another place to look is Montbell's umbrellas. Some interesting designs that are not explained well on the website. But I have checked them out at their Portland store. And bought one.

In GEAR » Chrome dome replacement?
May 28, 2:17pm

fond memories of Chromedome
For all its issues, it does make you realize that Golite was giving its customers a good deal in many cases. I got the ChromeDome for something like $29 dollars if I remember correctly.

In GEAR » Chrome dome replacement?
May 27, 6:28pm

Schedule for weekend?
Do we have a schedule or agenda of activities. Nothing formal, but sort of a structure for the weekend for folks to plan around, especially in terms of when folks should arrive and might head out,...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
May 19, 12:23pm

Re: photos
Incredibly useful. Thanks Diane. So it sounds like, as it is with many car camping sites, no stakes are gonna penetrate that gravel, so we should plan on self standing tents?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
May 16, 9:15pm

Hokas are a drug
I think you will find this a good summary of the dilemma. I still exclusively run and hike in minimalist shoes. But recognize that more padding might have its time and place as long as used in mode...

In Philosophy & Technique » The toughest ounces to lose: backpacking in minimalist footwear (video)
May 16, 9:02pm

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