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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: Re: Wind shirt & rain pants - necessary?
If you tend to run cool then using an eVENT jacket might work as well as a windshirt. A number of us run normal to hot and find even the lightest eVENT jackets too warm when we are active. Of cour...

In GEAR » Wind shirt & rain pants - necessary?
January 07, 6:41am

Re: OR Rain MItts
OR rain mitts haven't been made for a couple of years. See One other option until BMW releases there new mitts are the somewhat exp...

In Editor's Roundtable » Notes from the Field - SuperUltraLight in November on the Flagstaff Peaks, Arizona
January 06, 11:11am

Re: Re: Ultralight pack suitable for international travel
If everything fits into your 2001 version of the contential journey, then 3000 cubic inches would be a good working size. I agree with Ben than taking a carry-on size pack is the right way to go...

In GEAR » Ultralight pack suitable for international travel
December 31, 11:10am

looking for gear list which build list based on expected conditions
Recently I saw a gear list which took input values (such as likely temp, amount of rain, etc) and generated the master list for a series of tables. The spreadsheet worked off raw data, and had form...

In Gear Lists » BPL Gear List Spreadsheet CONTEST
December 23, 1:41pm

Re: Re: Offical Wish List
How about ultralight poles (stix or lighttrek plus) which break into two or three pieces for travel. Yes, the user hacks for the lighttrek suggest how to do this, but it would be nice if they came...

In GEAR » Official Wish List
December 21, 7:55pm

Re: Re: Re: the best gloves?
I don't have any field experience with the amphib gloves. My memory was they were a bit warm for what I was (you are) looking for. Three other options: Wait until the new year, I have a pair...

In GEAR » the best gloves?
December 21, 12:57pm

Re: the best gloves?
The thing you want (which unfortunately was discontinued around a year ago) are the OR lobster claw rain mittens. They were a plain, unlined, ultralight gore-tex shell. You might hunt around to s...

In GEAR » the best gloves?
December 19, 9:16pm

Re: Winter Footwear for a newbie
I have done a number of things in the sierra winters. As other have pointed out, it doesn't get as cold in the sierras as many places. I have tried a variety of things all of which worked. Muc...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear for a newbie
December 04, 10:10pm

Re: Any suggestions for warm weather Scouts trying cold weather camping?
Things I would add to your list: Make sure you eat and drink enough. This makes a huge difference. Bring the warmest hat you have... maybe bring two that can layer over each other. Make s...

In GEAR » Any suggestions for warm weather Scouts trying cold weather camping?
December 04, 11:17am

Re: Overnight temperature readings
Like Tim I use a Burton ADC, though my loving wife got me the deluxe Pro model. Krestel makes some decent weather instruments as well. In the past I used an ibutton recorded. I couldn't see the...

In GEAR » Overnight temperature readings
November 30, 11:35pm

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