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Mark Larson (mlarson) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southeast USA
About Me Lifelong student and nerd in general, currently working on the web. I have a bias for higher mileage and longer days on the trail. Most of my hikes are on the border of SUL & UL; I still weigh everything, but pretty much stopped using spreadsheets. I read all the time, blog less, and run a good bit.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Re: #2
Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The wiping is only part of the issue. There are techniques for excretion that will give a cleaner yield. One must consider and master the deep squat, best-pr...

In Philosophy & Technique » Does a bear crap in the woods?
April 05, 9:47pm

Re: Re: Do pole burn 20% more calories?
As PJ mentioned, the typical Nordic-walking pole height is much greater than what a typical hiker would use, and the stroke is a bit different, too. As others mentioned, as pole weight drops from 1...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 05, 7:58pm

Re: Ways to lighten my pack further
Hey Nick. Could you share what kind of seasons/ weather/ geography you'll be using this list in? It looks like a great list. The only thing that really jumps out to me is the stove--spending $1-10 ...

In Gear Lists » Ways to lighten my pack further
April 04, 9:23pm

Re: Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
I'd love to see some good, hard science on this issue. Ergonomics of Pacer Poles aside, I can understand an increased calorie burn using any poles v. no arm movement at all. I can also understand t...

In GEAR » Are poles effective and PP poles more so?
April 04, 8:40pm

Re: windshirt - good value for 4oz???
Dale- We call them windshirts because its a lighter word, few letters :] Cary- I haven't seen that jacket before. I wonder what the fabric is. They claim waterproofness, but I couldn't find any ...

In GEAR » Windshirts
March 29, 10:50pm

Re: Gatewood Cape photos
Wow, that's pretty slick. Thanks a lot for the photos. This one is definitely a possibility. -Mark

In Photo Gallery » Gatewood Cape photos
March 28, 7:36pm

Re: the beginning
Oh, I remember the days I got my first outdoor education from GORP and Backpacker. I was looking for a 5000ci pack for Georgia 3-season hiking. Then in some lucky accident, I stumbled on www.backpa...

In Philosophy & Technique » When Did You Begin UL?
March 23, 5:12pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: The real PNW and it's charms
More tangential comments on the hammock... Seems like it could be a good PNW solution, with some more ventilation and livable space. I'm not sure who mentioned the over-arching in their Hennesy,...

In GEAR » layering in the Pacific NW
March 23, 5:06pm

Re: Re: Re: For every action a reaction
Group hug? I like the new editorial calendar quite a bit. Looks like a great line-up--y'all are going to be busy. -Mark

In Chaff » Throwing In The Towel
March 23, 4:47pm

Re: Skunkworks
Bill Fornshell writes: "'It seems the BMW skunkworks' Interesting word. Amusing how words and ideas migrate around until the orgin is lost." Big Barnsmell... Bill Fornshell... Hmmm. -Mark

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
March 16, 7:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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GoLite Virga
Used this one on the AT this summer. My particular model has 1 large pocket on the right-hand side. I accidentally purchased a Small @ 8.1oz, but it ended up working out just fine for size [5'11, ...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 18, 8:18am

Montrail Masai
I like the Masai quite a bit. They don't wear as well as many other shoes. The toe rubber and seams started to flake out around the 300-mile mark, but surprisingly the fabric itself showed very li...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 01, 10:26am

Gossamer Gear Miniposa
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam. I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 14, 9:29am

Inov8 Flyroc 310
The Flyrocs are quite good. The deep-lugged soles make for excellent grip. I like that the heel isn't significantly raised, so you the shoes feel nice and close to the ground. The open mesh lets some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 02, 9:07am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
This pot has great dimensions. Wide base, but not too shallow. Also wide enough to fit a trimmed spoon inside with my entire kitchen, and still close completely. I like the volume for meals on long-te...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 16, 11:19am

Gatorade Bottle
I'll put a plug in the for the Gatorade Endurance bottles in particular. They are a little more narrow and taller than the standard squatty bottles, so they fit more easily in side pockets. 1L/34oz ca...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 04, 3:05am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
This shoe is almost brilliant. I love the mesh, and the thin tongue is very comfortable. The footbed is probably the most supportive and comfortable I've ever used--no sore spots or aches. My bones an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 04, 3:00am

U.S. Department of Defense MRE Spoon
Meals-ready-to-eat come with great spoons, and some food, too. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is or where to find them commercially. The spoons have a generous length, long to reach the bottom o...

In Cookware - Other
November 04, 2:49am

Montane Featherlite
A great, great windshirt, and I've been really surprised by its inclement weather performance. I've been on brief runs [20-40 minutes] in the rain with the Featherlite. While it eventually wets out an...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:40am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
This is a review of the non-extended version, which I've really grown to like. Just a bit over 7oz, about 7.75 feet long, and a bargain at $40-50. I have had no problems with durability; snags on tree...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 04, 2:29am