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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: 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

Re: pack evaluation
I would suggest stopping by Ken's home. He's got all sorts of packs including GG, ULA, etc. :-) Alas, there is no one in the area carrying Gossamer Gear. Your only choice is to order a pack. ...

In GEAR » Hands-On Pack Evaluation???
November 30, 11:29pm

Re: Non crampon ice traction (stabilicers, etc)
I have found that in conditions that crampons are overkill that the most effective solution for me was attached hex screws to the bottoms of my NB 80x trail runners as described in http://www.skyru...

In GEAR » Non crampon ice traction (stabilicers, etc)
November 10, 12:10pm

Re: lightweight hard shell for wife
My favorite rain jacket at this point which also matches your criteria is the Montbell Peak Jacket. It reasonable trim while still having room to layer, nicely finished, light weight (11oz), and m...

In GEAR » lightweight hard shell for wife
October 30, 7:29pm

Re: Hooded windshells
I have been very happy with my patagonia dragonfly. My wife likes her patagonia hodini. They are true to size. I am guessing you are an XL? I would skip the Montane LiteSpeed. The zippers ar...

In GEAR » Hooded windshells
October 25, 8:19pm

Re: Raingear / Poncho Advice
Dylan is right. The Rainshield O2 jacket is more breathable than any of the other options you listed. Alas, not nearly as durable. There are lots of choices. The Specter and Montane 180 aren't ...

In GEAR » Raingear / Poncho Advice
October 25, 1:14am

Cleaning Out Gear Closet... 11 items for sale
The following can be found on ebay with the link: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZsfbayQ5fmark The ArcTeryx Gamma MX Jacket (L) ArcTeryx Alpha Comp Jacket (M) Marmot ATV (...

In Gear Swap » Cleaning Out Gear Closet... 11 items for sale
October 20, 7:25am

Re: On Going Mapless in a Digital World: Engagement, Simplicity, and the Art of Real-Time Navigation
I mostly don't use my GPS for navigation. When I bring it, I am typically using it to record exact locations of sites or for geocaching. But there are times when I have used my GPS for navigation...

In Editor's Roundtable » On Going Mapless in a Digital World: Engagement, Simplicity, and the Art of Real-Time Navigation
October 19, 10:46am

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