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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Re: battery charger
Three options: First option is power off device when not using and conserve the batteries so they last until the next town. This is what I typically do for my iPhone. Second option as BG noted ar...

In GEAR » battery charger
April 15, 8:49pm

Re: I'm confused...
+1 to all nick's comments except in my case the same polycro sheet has been used for around 6 years, though likely less nights that Nick. How did you rip it? --Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » Recommendations for groundcloths
April 14, 7:17pm

Re: GG Gorilla Backpack 2012 ? Good pack ?
I used the original gorilla for several year, and last year got the 2012 model when I needed an extra pack to loan out (loan out the old, use the new). I love it. I was trying new packs years (or...

In GEAR » A penny for your thoughts...GG Gorilla Backpack 2012 ? Good pack ?
April 05, 8:44pm

Re: FS: Get even with your kids: make them wear a Sunday Afternoons Play Hat!
My daughter loved her SA Play Hat... though in years past they had brighter/more-fun colors/patterns like Mango which was an almost electric yellow and had one that had cute animal patterns. Great...

In Gear Swap » FS: Get even with your kids: make them wear a Sunday Afternoons Play Hat!
April 04, 12:27am

Re: Re: Re: Replacement for Thorofare pants
Yes, if I was going to wear pants in hot weather I would rather the Ramparts. If I wasn't going to wear the pants until both I amnd the evening had cooled off, then the featherlite would be fi...

In GEAR » Replacement for Thorofare pants
March 28, 8:49am

Re: Replacement for Thorofare pants
> Ask BPL where they got their material and buy it. I believe it was a special run of a extra light version of Pertex Equilibrium. My bet is that you would need to order a fair bit of materi...

In GEAR » Replacement for Thorofare pants
March 27, 11:43pm

Re: Tarp and bivy vs. hybrid tent debate 2013
As others have said, there is no right answer. For years I was a tarp person: originally a extra large poncho/tarp and later a Spinnshelter. After around 6 years I decisioned I really liked bug ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Tarp and bivy vs. hybrid tent debate 2013
March 27, 11:21pm

Re: Replacement for Thorofare pants
I haven't found anything that compares to the thorofare for low weight, comfort against the skin with the bonus of decent weather resistance. If I have to replace them (I still have two pairs ...

In GEAR » Replacement for Thorofare pants
March 27, 11:05pm

Re: Re: Short Weekend Trips from the Bay Area with A Dog
+1 for The Ventana Wilderness with the caveat that there is a "healthy" tick population there. --mark

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Short Weekend Trips from the Bay Area with A Dog
March 27, 10:47pm

Re: Your FAVORITE trail meal ever
I would say fish we caught... but you said no fresh food :( I think my current favorite is dehydrated hummus + pita bread appetizer (no cook and good cal/oz ratio), main dish of couscous, garli...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Your FAVORITE trail meal ever
March 24, 7:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am