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Michael Gillenwater (mwgillenwater) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Seattle area
About Me Grew up camping and backpacking in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Then went to the east coast for grad school...then job...then family. Twenty years later we were able to reach escape velocity from Washington DC and relocated the entire family to the PNW. I've fallen in love with the Cascades as much as the Rockies. And we spend 4 weeks every year in Montana near Glacier.

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Umbrella
Ditto on a truly ultralight umbrella using reflective material (needs to not degrade due to UV) and carbon fiber. I'd love to cut my chrome dome weight in half.

In GEAR » What do the people WANT!?
June 03, 9:07am

Re: Hi Greg!
I am no PT, but I think the pain coming from lifting your foot is normal. The mechanism is irritation of the bone/tissue on the outside of the knee as the IT band (or tendon it is connected too or...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
June 02, 11:16am

Custom size
I had a custom 10.5' x 7' Am so far am very happy with it.

In GEAR » Flat tarp size
June 01, 10:14pm

Re: Glacier Peak Wildernes 6 day backpacking trip
if you are interested in the trails on the west side including the PCT and the trails running off to the west both north and south of the peak, I did most of them in a week long trip a couple years...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier Peak Wildernes 6 day backpacking trip
May 30, 11:53pm

Re: ITB issues
What Jennifer said! Rolling does not stretch the IT band, from my understanding. It loosens the connective tissue around the band. I had this problem last year and had many visits with PTs t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
May 30, 4:32pm

Beautifully written
Beautiful storytelling Ike. Bravo.

In Editor's Roundtable » Onto The Shelf
May 29, 10:58pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stretching
Laymen's summary of the science on stretching and athletics. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/to-stretch-or-not-to-stretch/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
May 08, 9:36pm

Seattle Area trip week of 14 June
I've been given clearance from the family to take the week of 14-21 June off for backpacking. Destination is not yet selected, but will be in or around the Cascades or Olympics near Seattle. I&...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Seattle Area trip week of 14 June
May 05, 6:49pm

All is good
The arcblast fits great for skinny folks. I fit that description and have used one on many trips with total satisfaction. And joe the designer is also a pretty skinny guy.

In GEAR » Zpacks ARC blast-does it work with Skinny folk?
April 13, 2:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
I've stayed out of this discussion, as the focus seemed to be far from minimalist footwear. I hike in Vivos (Breatho Trail, although now the new model is called Trail Freak). All I can say is t...

In GEAR » Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
April 10, 11:25am

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