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Matt Dirksen (NamelessWay) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mid Atlantic
About Me Used to be very active in the outdoors prior to the kids. Worked at REI and HTO on and off from mid 80's till the birth of my first child in 2000. Now 3(kids later)we are trying as a family to get out whenever we can. Given I am carrying most of the family gear, I see huge value in packing it as light as possible. We are so much looking forward to the longer trips once again again.

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Re: No hard core backpacking with kids. Very very soft core.
We took our oldest son camping pretreat consistently since he was only a few months old. Not too difficult at that time since he only wobbled around. But once our 2nd was born, camping became mo...

In GEAR » Camping with Toddlers
August 01, 5:43am

Re: True, but....
While we were initially scheduled for a 4pm bus trip back to base, we were able to snag an earlier bus ride back - thank G_D. that gave us ample time to clean up and pack before dinner. However....

In Philmont » The Southwest Chief
July 30, 4:20pm

Back for almost 24 hrs & already miss it.
Just got back yesterday evening after a day’s worth of driving to Denver and flying back to Maryland. So beautiful. I can still hear myself humming the hymn under my breath. Although we we...

In Philmont » My experience at Philmont...
July 30, 4:11pm

Re: My experience at Philmont...
Thanks for the update, Jeff. We're staying up near Colorado Springs right now and will head down this Thursday. I guess Ill leave my ironwire in the car. YIS, Matt 717-F

In Philmont » My experience at Philmont...
July 14, 6:03pm

Re: TartpTent Stratospire 2 on wooden platforms (New England)
Having dealt with a purely non-freestanding tent for many years, I never had any issues with platform tent camping. As long as I had enough rope to rig the tent's stake loops out toward the...

In GEAR » TartpTent Stratospire 2 on wooden platforms (New England)
June 24, 10:08am

Re: Hat for hot sun...
I got turned onto Tilley hats from a sailing friend of mine, and have never been happier. http://www.tilley.com/canada_en/shop_men?cat=44&t_filter_category=206 The airflow hats are fantas...

In GEAR » Hat for hot sun...
June 20, 9:30am

Here's an additional consideration. For the past several years, I have been going to see a Rolfer, especially for my back and knee issues that spring up once in a while. While some people ha...

In Philosophy & Technique » Encouragement Needed
June 17, 2:53pm

Re: Discounts on Arc'teryx items?
I've gotten several used ArcTeryx garments on Ebay. One of them I had recently sent back to ArcTeryx for a warranty repair and they gave me credit for a new jacket - even though I had bought it...

In GEAR » Discounts on Arc'teryx items?
June 16, 1:33pm

Re: IronWire
+1 to Lawson's IronWire Just used it for the first time this weekend on a family backpacking trip. Easy to work with & very easy to see. Yeah it might be overkill typical bear-bagging, b...

In GEAR » Best UL rope for food hanging/multi-purpose?
June 16, 10:07am

Re: What percentage of BPL gear posts do you think are "holy grail" related?
I'd say about 75 percent - of my every day conversations end up with some quote from Monty Python, 57 percent of which are specifically out of The Holy Grail. Chaff aside, I agree that a...

In GEAR » What percentage of BPL gear posts do you think are "holy grail" related?
June 09, 2:50pm

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