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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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Re: Re: Re: Adding post to: "The toughest ounces to lose: backpacking in minimalist footwear (video)"
Oh. And I have emailed Vivo about their durability problem, as well as their problem of soaking up water like a sponge. Never received any response. Having said this, I still hike in them (Breathos...

In Philosophy & Technique » The toughest ounces to lose: backpacking in minimalist footwear (video)
May 16, 3:40pm

Re: Re: Adding post to: "The toughest ounces to lose: backpacking in minimalist footwear (video)"
Ditto on what Justin said.

In Philosophy & Technique » The toughest ounces to lose: backpacking in minimalist footwear (video)
May 16, 3:33pm

Re: Re: Two Vacancies PNW GGG
I think there was also some talk of some folks heading off for a night or two of backpacking after the "official PNW GGG" festivities. Does anyone want to take the lead proposing something?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
May 06, 1:39pm

Best read on BPL in some time
Excellent storytelling. Kudos to the author. I particularly loved the parts with fear inducing challenges you faced as you pushed forward. Was very reminiscent of particular times I have had explor...

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
April 28, 11:02am

Ditto
Ditto above.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Any good recipes with coconut cream powder?
April 14, 9:27pm

Re: Re: Chrome dome replacement?
The montbell umbrellas are pretty interesting. The ultralight ones have spines you have to manually snip into place. Check them out online. And I've rigged up to strap the chrome dome umbre...

In GEAR » Chrome dome replacement?
April 03, 9:19pm

Re: minimalism losing steam?
I need to try the new Altras. I have the original model and despite all the praise, I find it quite uncomfortable. Love the wide toe box, but otherwise just don't like the feel or fit. And t...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 18, 11:04am

Re: trail glove fit
Similar story for me. I've only tried on the Trail Glove, but the fit did not work for me at all. My feet love the fit of the Vivos. I probably have a dozen pairs now (including casual and dr...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 16, 11:26pm

Re: Re: Bad insoles
I hear ya!

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 16, 8:54am

Bad insoles
That confirms it. The insoles on Vivos suck. Not durable and soak up water like a sponge. On my Inov-8s the insoles are just the opposite. The upshot seems to be is that Vivo has good designs, but ...

In GEAR » vivobarefoot trail freak shoes?
March 15, 10:59pm

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