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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.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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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

Re: Re: Re: solo winter backpacking
> If you don't know, don't go. +1 to dave's response about avalanche territory... though for some people, "winter" doesn't have the risk because the terrain is too ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo winter backpacking?
December 09, 5:17pm

Re: Solo winter backpacking?
done winter solo... I don't feel insane. I will also note that I spring and fall trips I also typically don't see people except in the first and last few minutes when I am getting near the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo winter backpacking?
December 08, 6:04pm

FS: New Balance Fugu Down Jacket (L), Montbell Ex-Lite Down Jacket (XL), WM Flash Vest (L)
Bump, and added Flash Vest.

In Gear Swap » FS: New Balance Fugu Down Jacket (L), Montbell Ex-Lite Down Jacket (XL)
December 02, 7:52pm

FS: New Balance Fugu Down Jacket (L), Montbell UL Down Jacket (XL)
New Balance Fugu Down Jacket, size L, red color, $200? I purchased this jacket when it it because clear New Balance was going to stop making it. I read Richard's noting that it was the warmt...

In Gear Swap » FS: New Balance Fugu Down Jacket (L), Montbell Ex-Lite Down Jacket (XL)
December 01, 9:00am

Re: Well.....
> I'm gathering that, even for those who say it works, they'd like to see a real foot box. For three seasons, I actually prefer a more minimalist footbox because it's easier to v...

In GEAR » Flat foot box on Zpacks bags compared to other types. Thoughts?
November 28, 10:21pm

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