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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: Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
If I'm allowed to bury my feces in an area where I'm hiking, I believe that leaving being highly compostable items is fine as well. If I'm in areas where I must pack out everything, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
May 09, 9:46pm

Re: "typical freestanding mountaineering tents like the Bibler, when you open the door bugs get in." ???
While the Bibler's have the mesh panel behind the door, some models make that removable (like the vestibule.) Given that the single layer of material both manages bulk water, vapor, and condens...

In GEAR » single vs double wall tent confusion
May 09, 9:52am

Re: Shift expectations
"So what. Shift expectations and be happy." +1 This reminds me of the deep wisdom imparted by a fish from to movie "Finding Nemo":

In Philosophy & Technique » Better techniques or skills for the rain?
May 08, 9:29am

Re: Re: Never buying from REI again
"My understanding is that REI limits the former to one year and still backs the latter on a lifetime basis." Justin, I'm afraid this is not entirely accurate. They only have a ...

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 08, 5:59am

Re: Silver lining...
"I'd totally buy a BPL patch." As long as it has its actual weight (in grams) sewn on it somewhere.

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 07, 5:56pm

Re: single vs double wall tent confusion
So there was a time when "double walled" commonly meant a tent with a rain fly and some other less waterproof material underneath, usually a breathable ripstop nylon. Any mosquito netting...

In GEAR » single vs double wall tent confusion
May 07, 3:24pm

Re: Gentrified?
People are, and always have, been interested in: "The Best" or "The lightest", or "The Strongest", or "The most Advanced", and so on. Clearly when deal...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 07, 6:04am

Re: Thanks
+1 Thank you! Great info here.

In GEAR » CRITICAL Information for iPhone users
May 07, 5:42am

Re: Re: I work in the service industry...
"but his length of owning them does not indicate anything about how much they were used." And that is why REI changed their "Satisfaction Guarentee" policy to one year, not f...

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 07, 5:13am

Re: Sharing the "Wealth"
Having gone as an assistant crew leader in my youth, and as an advisor twice, I can assure you (as was mentioned several times) that the "best" thing is to empower the boys to figure it o...

In Philmont » Speading out the crew gear
May 04, 5:40am

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