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Mark Larson (mlarson) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southeast USA
About Me Lifelong student and nerd in general, currently working on the web. I have a bias for higher mileage and longer days on the trail. Most of my hikes are on the border of SUL & UL; I still weigh everything, but pretty much stopped using spreadsheets. I read all the time, blog less, and run a good bit.
CityAtlanta
StateGA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.mlarson.org

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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Re: Re: What would you do re: gear return
Accepting the return and exchanging with full credit would be a generous gesture. As a customer returning unused but modified gear, I wouldn't be at all offended or bothered by paying for the assoc...

In Chaff » What would you do re: gear return
June 23, 1:31pm

Re: define 'cottage'
On second reading, I see your point more clearly. That is, "cottage" describes a method, perhaps, and not just a state of smallness. We probably confuse the two terms too often, but I don't know of...

In GEAR » Cottages
June 21, 9:30am

Re: define 'cottage'
Thanks for weighing in, Brian. My sense of 'cottage' involves features like... -original owner's direct involvement in product development and in the target community -often a 'spare-time' busine...

In GEAR » Cottages
June 21, 8:43am

Re: Cottages
Here's a list that I re-wrote from this thread on Whiteblaze and the comments below. Sorry that I don't have time to make them all links, but it should help. www.adventurecampingequipment.com w...

In GEAR » Cottages
June 20, 4:44pm

Re: Re: Chocolate and backpacking?
That's a good idea, Casey. I've never washed a chip bag before--do they clean up well? :) I imagine those metallic-ish popcorn bags could have the same effect, but maybe with less filmy grease to ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Chocolate and backpacking?
June 19, 5:05pm

Re: Guns...
Hmm... That sounds a bit different from the bears over here on the east coast that are even afraid of cats. -Mark

In GEAR » what is bear spray?
June 18, 6:14pm

Re: Re: Re: Chocolate and backpacking?
You might be surprised at how well chocolate holds up. I've not had too much trouble, even in 80-90s southern AT heat. I imagine avoiding extended direct sunlight helps. Favorites for me would incl...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Chocolate and backpacking?
June 16, 8:30pm

Re: 1000 miles and what do you get?
Does that mean no food that's not pre-purchased? Sounds tough to me! Especially heading through the NOC, passing up a pasta salad and hot dogs at Sloe Joe's Cafe... or heading through Hot Springs w...

In GEAR » 1000 miles without resupply
June 11, 10:41pm

Re: Length Of Travel
Kevin, I like to use http://www.gmap-pedometer.com to get a rough-and-ready estimate of running distances. I'm not sure what scale you want to measure on...I've never tried it on longer routes [e.g...

In Other Activities » Length Of Travel
June 01, 8:30pm

Re: snotty bias
Setting aside the issue of "you people" vs. "common folks," whatever that means... It could be a good tent if it works. I don't know. Having seen the product on the shelf, I'm not interested in car...

In GEAR » walmart
May 30, 10:52am

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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GoLite Virga
Used this one on the AT this summer. My particular model has 1 large pocket on the right-hand side. I accidentally purchased a Small @ 8.1oz, but it ended up working out just fine for size [5'11, ...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 18, 8:18am

Montrail Masai
I like the Masai quite a bit. They don't wear as well as many other shoes. The toe rubber and seams started to flake out around the 300-mile mark, but surprisingly the fabric itself showed very li...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 01, 10:26am

Gossamer Gear Miniposa
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam. I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 14, 9:29am

Inov8 Flyroc 310
The Flyrocs are quite good. The deep-lugged soles make for excellent grip. I like that the heel isn't significantly raised, so you the shoes feel nice and close to the ground. The open mesh lets some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 02, 9:07am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
This pot has great dimensions. Wide base, but not too shallow. Also wide enough to fit a trimmed spoon inside with my entire kitchen, and still close completely. I like the volume for meals on long-te...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 16, 11:19am

Gatorade Bottle
I'll put a plug in the for the Gatorade Endurance bottles in particular. They are a little more narrow and taller than the standard squatty bottles, so they fit more easily in side pockets. 1L/34oz ca...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 04, 3:05am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
This shoe is almost brilliant. I love the mesh, and the thin tongue is very comfortable. The footbed is probably the most supportive and comfortable I've ever used--no sore spots or aches. My bones an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 04, 3:00am

U.S. Department of Defense MRE Spoon
Meals-ready-to-eat come with great spoons, and some food, too. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is or where to find them commercially. The spoons have a generous length, long to reach the bottom o...

In Cookware - Other
November 04, 2:49am

Montane Featherlite
A great, great windshirt, and I've been really surprised by its inclement weather performance. I've been on brief runs [20-40 minutes] in the rain with the Featherlite. While it eventually wets out an...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:40am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
This is a review of the non-extended version, which I've really grown to like. Just a bit over 7oz, about 7.75 feet long, and a bargain at $40-50. I have had no problems with durability; snags on tree...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 04, 2:29am