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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: Re: Looking for New Product Feedback- Camp Chairs
In the spirit of wanting a chair with a back, and multi-use... I'd personally be intrigued with a chair kit which could make creative use of two trekking poles. When I most desire to sit in ...

In GEAR » Looking for New Product Feedback- Camp Chairs
August 13, 1:32pm

Re: A touch of Autumn in the Eagles Nest
Wonderful trip report! I especially love the shout out to West 6th Brewery. (Fwiw, the owner/brewmaster is an AT thruhiker & avid hiker.)

In Post-Trip Reports » A touch of Autumn in the Eagles Nest
August 12, 11:08am

"The Extra Mile", by Thomas Albert, Jr.
I just wanted to share with the BPL community a lovely book that came out not long ago. It's an easy read, and especially a great read for anyone who has ever attended summer camp before. My 14...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » "The Extra Mile", by Thomas Albert, Jr.
August 12, 10:35am

Re: Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
Over the past 6 months, I have enjoyed using a very lightweight down vest (Luke's Ultralight) with separate down sleeves. I used to own a hooded down jacket but found it to be overkill most of ...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
August 08, 11:35am

Re: Trekking poles - help from Gear demigods or other experts
I've heard great things about these pole grips: http://gossamergear.com/trekking/trekking-accessories/lightrek-replacement-grips.html perhaps switching out the wood heads for those?

In GEAR » Trekking poles - help from Gear demigods or other experts
August 07, 8:55am

Actually, the best method I have found to manage my sweat, is simply to become dehydrated to the point where I don't create any more sweat. That's called "solving the problem, not the ...

In GEAR » sweat & sunglasses management
August 07, 8:52am

Re: Oh, and on the subject of bear ropes
fwiw, we used Ironwire for our oops rope, and standard Philmont rope for everything else. a good compromise. Our Ranger didn't care one way or another.

In Philmont » My experience at Philmont...
August 06, 8:55am

Re: Critique my sleeping bag choices
You might want to consider adding lighter items to what you currently have, so you are ultimately creating a more versatile system. In other words, perhaps consider a lighter (40d/50d) quilt you...

In GEAR » Critique my sleeping bag choices
August 02, 12:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Why Deet?
Me? I don't spin anything! Seriously though, just how is the "layperson" gong to interpret that marketing bullet? Fwiw, I worked at REI for many years, and I am highly certain t...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
August 01, 2:00pm

Re: Re: Why Deet?
"Monty, nobody said that you should apply the DEET to your skin." Really? Tell that to REI: "Protects exposed skin areas against mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, gnats and ticks&qu...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
August 01, 1:23pm

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