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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: Durability
I stopped wearing vivobarefoot everyday maybe 5 years ago. My memory is that I was getting are 1000-1500 miles on a pair before they were really dead. I can't tell you how long current models ...

In GEAR » Minimalist Shoes for Everyday Use
September 24, 9:26am

Re: Minimalist Shoes for Everyday Use
My minimalist shoes for everyday are the same that I wear on the trail: Inov-8 TrailRocs... I haven't found a compelling reason to use anything else. The only time I am not wearing the TrailRoc...

In GEAR » Minimalist Shoes for Everyday Use
September 24, 1:05am

Re: Re: Considering a GG Gorilla, but afraid to give up my osprey frame...
If the Exos is working for you, carrying what you need comfortably, and at the end of the day you didn't notice the pack (no soreness, etc)... they I wouldn't mess with it. The only reason ...

In GEAR » Considering a GG Gorilla, but afraid to give up my osprey frame...
September 21, 1:02am

Re: Best load transfer to hips: GG Mariposa vs. ULA Ohm 2.0
I am not female... nor have I had a chance to do a immediate comparison between the mariposa and the ohm. I did have a fair amount of time doing an A/B comparison between the Ohm and the Gorilla (...

In GEAR » Best load transfer to hips: GG Mariposa vs. ULA Ohm 2.0
September 17, 4:14pm

Re: Re: Solid Fuel Stove Techniques
There are some differences in how close various solid fuels burn. My memory is that the WetFire Tinder burned the cleanest and were the most expensive. I typically use the classic esbits because i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Solid Fuel Stove Techniques
September 17, 9:40am

Re: Low overhead?
> hexamid... Entryway looks mighty low. it is. if I was going to switch from the hexamid to something else, this would likely be what drives me to it. entry hasn't been a problem, but i...

In GEAR » Survey of lightweight one-person shelters?
September 17, 8:43am

Re: FS: Aether 60 (old style) $150 shipped
Mine... well actually loaner for others to use, but it will live in my garage.

In Gear Swap » FS: Aether 60 (old style) $150 shipped
September 14, 6:48pm

Re: FS: Aether 60 (old style) $150 shipped
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In Gear Swap » FS: Aether 60 (old style) $150 shipped
September 14, 6:45pm

Re: 3 Season Bag plus Quilt for Winter Use?
Combining bag + quilt can work. I have done both a quilt over and a quilt inside the sleeping bag. Our experience was that the quilt inside the bag (provided there is room for it) was warmer than ...

In GEAR » 3 Season Bag plus Quilt for Winter Use?
September 13, 4:31pm

Re: Help with clothing system
Looks reasonable... though if it was me, I would lose the Arcteryx phase SV top and bottom and think twice about if I needed the Melanzana grid hoodie. I would think your light base + windshirt wo...

In Gear Lists » Help with clothing system
September 09, 4:50pm

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