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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.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Hikes near Monterey, CA?
for short hikes with great view of the coast I would recommend julia pfeiffer burns state park or point lobos natural reserve. if you want a long hike (but views of ocean not so good) there are lo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikes near Monterey, CA?
October 13, 12:33pm

Re: Argh!!! R1 vs cap4 hoodies...
I have both... I used them differently. As others have observed, the cap4 is designed to be very snug fitting worn next to the body. It's not intended to come on and off. It's quite warm w...

In GEAR » Argh!!! R1 vs cap4 hoodies...
October 11, 6:31pm

Re: Re: Re: rain
> wearing cap 4 in the rain under a rain jacket yeah, that would most likely happen to me. there are folks who run colder than me (and you) who would likely be fine. These people know who t...

In GEAR » light hooded mid-layer + light down vest > than a light hooded down jacket?
October 09, 11:58pm

Re: rain
What's rain? I live in California and spend most of my time in the sierras. :) On a more serious note, if I am sufficiently active then my base + shell is fine to below freezing, and I tend...

In GEAR » light hooded mid-layer + light down vest > than a light hooded down jacket?
October 09, 9:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: temps
> . the key with fleece is breathability, wicking and quick drying +1 > as to vests ... a synth vest makes much more sense than a down one as you can wear it on the move if needed ... ...

In GEAR » light hooded mid-layer + light down vest > than a light hooded down jacket?
October 09, 7:33pm

Re: Re: Re: temps
> a better alternative IMO is to have a very thin base, a lightish fleece vest, and a full puffy jacket I think it depends on how much variance there is in activity level. If there are going...

In GEAR » light hooded mid-layer + light down vest > than a light hooded down jacket?
October 09, 9:00am

Price Drop... Shangri-La 5, Marmot Mica Rain Jacket, Rab Alpine Pullover, Steripen
bump / price drop

In Gear Swap » Fall Cleaning... Size L shirts, Rain Jackets, Shangri-La 5, Fuji X100, LT4 Adjustable Poles, Gorilla, etc
October 08, 10:59pm

Re: How cold can you go with this gear?
Assuming nylon hiking pants in no to modest wind + a polarbuff for extra warmth around the head that would have be cozy to below 20F provided I was standing / moving a bit rather than just sitting ...

In GEAR » How cold can you go with this gear?
October 08, 9:09pm

Re: $82.00 for a Tilley??
> $82.00 for a Tilley?? That's insane! What can that hat do that my $12 froggtogg can't? It has style and is close to indestructible. Tiley used to (maybe they still do) collect sto...

In GEAR » Best backpacking hat?
October 08, 8:53pm

Re: temps
> the cap4 is too warm when active unless yr moving slowly or its cold IMO I would agree with this... which is why I said late fall, winter, early spring. I general wouldn't be wearing ...

In GEAR » light hooded mid-layer + light down vest > than a light hooded down jacket?
October 08, 5:30pm

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