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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear ListBob Marshall Open 2015

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Re: which ultralight rain jacket?
Justin- w/ the pro deal, the Helium II is nearly a no-brainer, mine is 6.1 oz in Large and while most of the time it's just sitting in my pack, I've got to use it enough that I can say it p...

In GEAR » which ultralight rain jacket?
June 12, 6:55am

Re: Centrifuge
they still make it :) it's also my go to shell for cold weather (I also have the pants), it does have a pretty decent DWR on the hard faced fleece portion, enough to keep snow beading for w...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Lightweight Softshell Hoody
June 11, 5:02pm

Re: Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Dave very nice summary- ours is accurate, thanks for doing that :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 11, 10:48am

Zimmerbuilt
not that I'm aware of, but I'm sure Zimmerbuilt could whip up exactly what you spec out

In GEAR » Golite Pinnacle still relevant?
June 11, 6:48am

Pinnacle
I had a Pinnacle and put a light frame in it (someone here was selling light aluminum frames, can't recall who), took just a wee bit of sewing, but it definitely helped in the load carry catego...

In GEAR » Golite Pinnacle still relevant?
June 10, 4:51pm

beta and routes
In Wall Ck we ended up on the right trail, but talked ourselves right out of it due to the GPS- mistake At Dean Lake we should have definitely dropped down to the bench and then ascended into De...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 09, 4:44pm

Depends on the shelter
It's going to vary with the shelter, rarely is a pole too long- if it's too short a short pole jack will normally do the trick I use mine (BD z poles) w/ a small 5x5 tarp over a waterpr...

In GEAR » Z Trekking Poles and Tarps
June 08, 12:27pm

Exped Lightning
I'd second taking a peek at the Lightning; I own the 60, but it's identical to the 45 in everything but volume- the T-Rex frame works very well and you don't have to worry about sizing ...

In GEAR » External Frame Backpack
June 08, 6:50am

Re: +1 Via
+2 my "secret" brew is one packet of Via (Italian or Columbian) and a half packet of their Via Mocha Latte- perfect, of course that is followed up w/ another Via packet and the remaini...

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 08, 6:41am

Trip Report
Les and Micha- great job! We shared some of the same challenging route (including some angst in Wall Ck!), we (well me anyways :) ) too wished we had dropped down below Dean Lake and then up. W...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 08, 6:27am

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Petzl e+LITE
I thought I had added my review earlier on this lamp, but hadn't :) I've been very impressed w/ this diminutive lamp- if you're looking for a lamp for hours of night travel- this isn'...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 12:08pm

Black Diamond Carbon Cork
@ 16 oz (pair) these are certainly heavier than some of the UL offerings, but still relatively light the FlickLock is about as solid of a adjustment as I've seen for trekking poles- I'm sur...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 4:19pm

ULA Ohm
not sure why it's listed with the frameless packs, while not a robust frame- the carbon fiber/derlin frame is certainly a frame and definitely helps w/ the load capacity of this pack anywho- th...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 13, 5:17pm

Montrail Sabino Trail
My first pair are over a year old now w/ ~ 500 backpacking/trail running miles- there is some light fraying here and there, but overall are still in very good condition. I've never had a hot spot...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:23pm

Dirty Girl Gaiters
I'd probably go 4.5 just because of the needed velcro, but I like these enough I wanted to round up. They are breathable, they are light and they do a great job of keeping stuff out of your sho...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:11pm

Osprey Talon 22
double post- whoops :)

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:26pm

Osprey Talon 22
The Talon is a very full featured pack, that carries like a dream (w/ reasonable loads). I use it for snowshoeing day trips and it swallows up the gear- shovel, bivy, down parka, etc I love the be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:22pm

Wet Fire Fire Starting Tinder
I'm a little redundant w/ fire starting stuff (boy scout in me I guess)- the wetfire tinders are my "if I absolutely need to start a fire" tinder. they will even burn in water or on sno...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 14, 7:49pm

Smartwool Beanie
my Smartwool beanie makes into both my day pack and multi-day trips, light weight, warm, takes up almost no space- I don't go anywhere w/o it going on two years and it still looks/fits great

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 20, 8:47pm

Moosejaw the company
I've made numerous transaction with moosejaw and they have always been smooth and hassle free. their staff is knowledgable and they frequently have the best prices on gear I do have one smal...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 7:00pm