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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: Aero-Gel
for a little while Pacific Outdoor made the Hyper High Mountain Sleeping Mat which used aerogel in a section of the pad. This pad was reviewed at BGT. There have also been some attempts to use it ...

In GEAR » Aero-Gel
March 22, 12:07am

MLD Superfly
There have been several people who expressed some interest in the Superfly, but no one has pulled the trigger. I guess I now understand why MLD did such a small run... for whatever reason it's...

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD SuperFly Shelter, Patagonia R.5, Houdini
March 18, 4:11pm

FS: MLD SuperFly Shelter, Patagonia R.5, Houdini
MLD SuperFly in good condition. $210 - SOLD. Think of this as a GoLite Shangri-La 2, but made from Spinnaker with netting perimeter. The shelter weights 16.5oz. Add some stakes and a Polycro gr...

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD SuperFly Shelter, Patagonia R.5, Houdini
March 16, 8:17pm

Re: Compact camera recommendation
I used a LX5 for awhile and was never super happy with the pictures. We also had a Canon S95 (current version is S110) - basically the Canon Gxx in a small package. We perferred the Canon S to the...

In Photography » Compact camera recommendation
March 08, 10:53pm

Re: Knee Pain and doctor treatment
lots of good advise already. The combination of minimalist footwear (and the related barefoot walking style) cleared up my knee pain after a couple of months and has kept me pain free for 6 plus y...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Questions about knee pain.
March 03, 4:08pm

Re: You're kidding, right?
My memory (be highly skeptical since people tend not to have accurate memories of the nuances of auditory sensations): rab alpine (equilibrium), arcteryx squarmish, pertex quantum, houdini, othe...

In GEAR » What's the quietest hooded windshirt?
February 27, 9:38pm

Re: FS: Platypus Lil' Nipper
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In Gear Swap » FS: Platypus Lil' Nipper
February 27, 9:28pm

Re: "Best way to survive bug season?"
My recommendations are pretty much the same as everyone else's. Tight woven clothing treated with Permethrin. short gaiter to protect ankles. Hat and a headset, I like little fly designs but t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best way to survive bug season?
February 20, 9:15am

Re: thanks for all the comments
with vapor barrier clothing the idea is to keep the surface of your skin at an ideal humidity to minimize perspiration. The smaller the "humidity" zone, the better. The reason many people...

In GEAR » Help me find my perfect baselayer
February 20, 8:59am

Re: Help me find my perfect baselayer
Why are you wearing ANYTHING below? The VaprThrm material's inward facing material (at least what I used several years ago) was comfortable enough to use against the skin. I do use an ultralig...

In GEAR » Help me find my perfect baselayer
February 19, 10:58pm

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