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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: Active fleece hoody; R1, Piton or Cap4
I love the Cap4. It's best used as an active base layer. For me (I run hot) I can wear the Cap4 (+ windshirt when appropriate) between around 30-60F and be reasonably comfortable. At the cold...

In GEAR » Active fleece hoody; R1, Piton or Cap4
January 27, 6:08pm

Re: Hexamid Solo+ tent for winter use
This is a legit concern. The couple of times I saw snow with my hexamid I didn't have a problem... but there wasn't a lot of accumulation. There was at least one trip when the bug nettin...

In GEAR » Hexamid Solo+ tent for winter use
January 27, 5:56pm

Re: no zip garage
my experience is the same as ryan's. I have had no leaking issue, even when I was being hit pretty hard by wind blown rain. --mark

In Editor's Roundtable » Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Review
January 25, 12:30am

Re: best stakes for the High Sierra
what the problem with your easton stakes? that is what I typically use. If you are looking for more holding power, than I would recommend msr groundhog style stakes.

In GEAR » best stakes for the High Sierra
January 23, 11:17pm

Re: Silnylon Rain Gear- Rain Gear and Wind Shirt All In One?
> Do you think that a Silnylon Rain Jacket and also function as an effective wind shirt without overheating the person wearing it? they would roast me and soak whatever I was wearing under t...

In GEAR » Silnylon Rain Gear- Rain Gear and Wind Shirt All In One?
January 21, 9:05am

Re: Cap 4 Fit
I agree with mike, and bit snugger than the R1. --mark

In Editor's Roundtable » Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody
January 14, 12:25am

Re: Photon and other micro-lights
A photon button light is always in my pocket around town, and used to go into the back country with me... but eventually stopped: the pain of changing the battery (especially with cold hands) and t...

In GEAR » Photon and other micro-lights
January 06, 9:49am

Re: For winter? A sleeping bag
I have used both quilts and sleep bags in the winter. Sleeping bags are certainly easier, and there is something really nice to feel completely cocooned in feather. That said, quilts can work. Dr...

In GEAR » Winter Bag or Winter Quilt?
January 05, 7:10pm

Re: Re: Minimalist wallet
+1 ziplock bag. Between trips it holds what is normally in my pocket on the trail: hand cleaner, compass, small knife. When I hit the trailhead those go into my pocket, and what's in my p...

In GEAR » Minimalist wallet
January 04, 6:59pm

Re: Tucking into a secure location to avoid wind vs a scenic camping spot.
Like Roger, I am confident that my shelter will be ok even if they weather turns against me, so generally weather isn't a criteria in most cases. The trip that was suppose to be mild but where ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tucking into a secure location to avoid wind vs a scenic camping spot.
December 28, 7:49am

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