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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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carrying meat
if there is a chance of humping meat out, then an external frame is just about mandatory imo. For a larger mule deer buck you're looking at 40-ish # of boned meat, add more weight if you'r...

In GEAR » Hunting pack weights aka backpacking heavy- justified.
September 21, 12:54pm

setting a date
Does the first Sat in April, April 5 work for everyone? The sooner I get a date, the better it is for me. My plan is to travel Thursday- hang Friday, run Sat, hang Sunday and travel back Monda...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 21, 12:42pm

too fast early
I know a couple of blokes that might have done that last Spring :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 19, 5:47pm

Re: time
it really depends on the terrain - elevation/technical footing/# of breaks/etc are going to slow you down (sometimes considerably) Zion has it's fair share of ups and downs (but not nearly a...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 19, 7:17am

slow
I'm definitely in the slow camp- no speed, but endurance is slowly building :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 18, 8:20pm

Re: Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Shoe Review
Ryan- thanks for the review. I tried on a pair and they felt great- I have to have a wide toe box and they have that in spades. In the end I was a little uncomfortable w/ a 0 drop (maybe needless...

In Editor's Roundtable » Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Shoe Review
September 18, 12:41pm

Zion
Eugene-glad to hear the running is going so well! I'm sure this would be an epic trip, as were the previous ones. Hope you can make it. Jacob- absolutely! Should be a fun run, and as you ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 18, 12:30pm

Re: dreamin
I was in the exact same boat our first run in the Grand Canyon, I had never run that distance and due to an injury, my training took a significant slide as well. I decided to still go and run a li...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 18, 7:17am

Zion
Doug- either of those dates would work for me, format of running on Saturday will work best as well David would be great if you can make it! if we decide to run it west to east, there is a go...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 17, 7:15am

Zion
Sweet! Craig do you think April is the best spring month? early, mid, late? I agree that will be a great place to hang Doug- absolutely- the more the merrier!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
September 16, 8:40pm

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

ULA Ohm
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