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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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multi-day events
I really like the idea of multi-day, self supported events- lots of trials and tribulations over multiple days, lots of planning, lots of training, lots of mental focus- all good stuff-thanks for p...

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » Trans Japan Alps Race
August 08, 2:22pm

new forum
agreed- one place to talk about nutrition, routes, technique, gear, etc, etc- very nice :) trip reports would be great too

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » New forum!
August 08, 12:21pm

trad packing
a NECTUL forum- Not Even Close To Ultra Light :)

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » Following Ralph and Allen's JMT FKT attempt
August 08, 10:47am

Re: FKT in the NYT
good find! agreed- nice to have a sub forum devoted to fastpacking!

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » FKT in the NYT
August 08, 7:22am

eric thanks for the link! geez I wonder how many other gems I've missed

In GEAR » Trail runner with approach shoe grip?
August 08, 7:10am

Core and running
I forgot to mention that I purchased an extra sternum strap as Ron mentioned it in the pack description. I didn't purchase this pack as a running pack (nor is it designed as a running pack), b...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
August 08, 6:59am

Re: Re: terrain
an approach shoe would definitely be the shoe of choice for that terrain; but this usually only represents a smaller portion of what I'm traveling and the fact that I'm running (at least wh...

In GEAR » Trail runner with approach shoe grip?
August 07, 7:00pm

a phase?- yes, was?- no while the Ul and SUL and XUL (others?) weights & definitions are somewhat useful for context, I don't think they really get at the underlying philosophy of "...

In Philosophy & Technique » Was UL a phase for you?
August 07, 6:50pm

shock cord
mine came already attached and has two small "connectors" in the center and a cord lock (as pictured on Ron's site)- I did however replace the shock w/ smaller dia stuff (and a smalle...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
August 07, 4:53pm

Re: Things to do while working in a cubicle
Derek- not so much time looking for the next meal, but avoiding becoming one! :) Mike

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 4:42pm

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

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