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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: Re: Re: Cold weather sleeping bag advice sought
Since I got the versalite, the only winter conditions I have faced were the sierras. It never got cold enough for me to need anything but the versalite (coldest night was -10F I believe. I did br...

In GEAR » Cold weather sleeping bag advice sought
May 28, 12:01am

Re: Cold weather sleeping bag advice sought
I have a western mountaineering versalite which I have used to 0F wearing just my base layer, and in colder conditions with a vest. I have been super happy with this bag. Feather Friends also see...

In GEAR » Cold weather sleeping bag advice sought
May 27, 11:36am

Re: Solo or No Go
Hi Ken: We are in somewhat simular situations: over 40, live the the bay area with a heavy emphasis on the sierras as a destination, tend to hike 12-20 miles (the last couple of years it was mor...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
May 23, 7:53pm

Re: poncho tarps
Why poncho/tarps talked about so much? 1) They are cheap compared to most other shelter / rain gear options. 2) Until a few years ago, you couldn't get the same functionality without carrying...

In GEAR » Gatewood cape/mosquitos
May 23, 7:39pm

Spring Cleaning: various items for sale
After several years of trying a lot of gear I have finally setting down into the system which is working really well for me. So I have a number of fine items which I am selling off via ebay because...

In Gear Swap » Spring Cleaning: various items for sale
May 19, 11:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Advice from experienced poncho tarp users
Daniel: Yes.. it is possible to make arm-chaps. I know people who have done this. There are also hybrid designs like the Packa which is sort of a poncho with arms. Clearly there are some peopl...

In GEAR » Advice from experienced poncho tarp users
May 08, 10:57am

Re: Advice from experienced poncho tarp users
Petras: Do you use poles? If so, then your best bet will be to roll your sleeves up and endure wet arms. Some ponchos (like Brawny's) have "finger loops" to keep the poncho over your arms. I f...

In GEAR » Advice from experienced poncho tarp users
May 08, 9:21am

Re: lightest,most compact, combo,tent,mosquito net
Favorite Integrated Shelter: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Lightest Freestanding: Tarptent Rainbow Tarp / Minimalist: Ultralight tarp and a bug bivy.

In GEAR » lightest,most compact, combo,tent,mosquito net
May 07, 11:57pm

Re: Bears 'n tents
The index of "Bear Attacks" by Stephen Herrero has two pages under the words "tent, value of" The first entry (pg 48) discusses an attack of a couple sleeping under the stars. The grizzly was a...

In Gear Lists » Philmont gear selection..
May 03, 3:04pm

Re: Tell me about Backpacks
As others have pointed out. The pack is the last item to swap when converting to light or ultralight style... because the pack that is appropriate at the end of your conversion will most likely no...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tell me about Backpacks
May 02, 8:15pm

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