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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: Results are in!
cool beans! just when my mind was made up for the S5, back to the drawing board :) out of curiosity are on Verizon, ATT, other? several of the other things I've read is that Verizon has ...

In GEAR » it's been a couple of months now, feedback on iphone 6 use in the backcountry? 6 vs 6 plus?
December 30, 8:31pm

screw shoes vs microspikes
when there is a little ice and packed snow I use screw shoes for running, when the ice becomes more prevalent I switch to microspikes, if it's very icy there is no comparison- microspikes rule ...

In GEAR » Winter Traction Device???
December 30, 8:18pm

Re: run times
did a little more digging- 200 hours @ 4 lumens and 8 hours @ 80- not too shabby at all :)

In GEAR » New Black Diamond Ion headlamp
December 29, 6:52pm

lots of options on build, material, etc- should be able to find close to THE perfect light winter pack there

In Winter Hiking » Design THE perfect light winter backpack
December 29, 5:01pm

run times
I can't seem to find any run times at full brightness- 200 hour max I'm assuming is at the very dimmest setting, anyone find any literature on run times other than full dim? also the wea...

In GEAR » New Black Diamond Ion headlamp
December 29, 7:59am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: need pulk belt/harness and large waterproof duffle
Bob- the pulk would be connected to the belt (see above pic), the harness would just spread the load a little I see fjellpuken (say that three times fast :) also carries one, but doesn't loo...

In Winter Hiking » need pulk belt/harness and large waterproof duffle
December 28, 1:40pm

Re: Re: Re: need pulk belt/harness and large waterproof duffle
thanks gents the harness at skipulk looks great, but don't want to spend that much (have $50 into the pulk) you're right, very water resistant would do it- large zipper would be nice

In Winter Hiking » need pulk belt/harness and large waterproof duffle
December 28, 12:55pm

need pulk belt/harness and large waterproof duffle
got my diy pulk out for a trip and found while a backpack waistbelt works OK, I think a belt/harness would work better- here's on from Tatonka, but doesn't seem to be available stateside ...

In Winter Hiking » need pulk belt/harness and large waterproof duffle
December 28, 11:18am

Re: Rain gear for the CT
I can't speak directly to the Colorado Trail, but can speak to the Rockies in general; I agree w/ Jon that it's rare to get rains that set in for days in the Mtn West. If it's precip, ...

In GEAR » Rain gear for the CT
December 27, 8:47am

Re: Thanks!
posted up a few comments ")

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » All You Need to Know About Fastpacking
December 26, 3:49pm

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