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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: 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

Re: Sporks SUCK! Or maybe not.
I have found that most Sporks sucks because the fork "teeth" go too deeply into the spoon section making it ineffective as a spoon. I also really don't like the double sided Light My...

In GEAR » Sporks SUCK!!!
December 26, 8:30pm

Westcomb Focus LT hoody - additional impressions
Since getting my new Westcomb Focus LT Hoody the weather has been very cooperative, meaning plenty of rain and wind at fairly mild temps 45-55F. So far, this is my favorite rain shell. So long as ...

In GEAR » Westcomb Focus LT hoody - initial impressions
December 24, 11:19am

Re: Re: Westcomb Focus LT hoody - initial impressions
I picked up a Focus LT Hoody at The Down Works. My size "M" weights 9oz. I am 5'10"@160lb. and I find the fit perfect for me... not too much extra space when just wearing a bas...

In GEAR » Westcomb Focus LT hoody - initial impressions
December 19, 4:50pm

Re: Tikka XP2 CORE
I don't own the XP2 + Core, but I have borrowed one a couple of months ago. The UI was good and it seemed to work pretty well. I rejoice that there is FINALLY a regulated option for the XP2. ...

In GEAR » Tikka XP2 CORE
December 11, 10:13pm

Re: 4 season mummy bag
I have sometimes pushed my 30F down quilt to the moderate conditions in the sierra, e.g. lows typically not below 0F. The first was a surprise cold front in early fall when we weren't that hig...

In Multiple Use Gear » 4 season mummy bag
December 09, 5:27pm

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