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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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FS: Dryskin Pants/Cap3 Tights, NB Fugu Jacket, Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket, RR Shirt, Insulated Pants
Pictures will come later if people really need them. Marmot ATV Pants made from Dryskin, Size L, Black + Patagonia Cap 3? Tights, Size L, Black, $30. Tights have very little wear. ATV pants hav...

In Gear Swap » Fall Cleaning... Puffys, Dryskin Pants, RR Shirt
October 17, 8:42pm

Re: Re: Re: Best Headlamp
+1 Zebralight H51 which is being discontinued but zebralight is still selling the H51 at a discount. As to runtime, what they advertise is what I have gotten with the same sort of batteries.. and ...

In GEAR » Best Headlamp
October 15, 10:25pm

Re: Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail
> cooler must be a favorite method for someone The guy I was talking with had ice, beer, and burgers in his cooler. --mark

In GEAR » The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail
October 15, 8:46am

Re: Re: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail
lease lightweight thing I did... When I was a lad in boy scouts we would carry a 18lb cast iron dutch oven. After all that work, the fruit cobbler always tasted good :) as to what I have see...

In GEAR » The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail
October 14, 11:11pm

Re: Replacement for Inov8 FlyRoc 310
The closest I found was the RocLite 295... but after 7 years of using the Flyroc-310, thinking I would never find a shoe I liked better I happily made the switch to the TrailRoc series. For the 24...

In GEAR » Replacement for Inov8 FlyRoc 310
October 13, 9:52pm

Re: How to prevent blisters between my third and fourth toes...
if you regularly had troubles with blisters between the toes (I did) then I would suggest doing something radical like wearing fivefingers which is the only total solution for me. If this is a new...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to prevent blisters between my third and fourth toes...
October 12, 8:52am

Re: yea
> Something like the Montbell UL down inner? The Mobtbell UL inner is the classic around here, but in the last few years there have been an explosion of UL down jackets, so of which are quite...

In GEAR » Best clothing combo for my outdoor living? R2 + Houdini + Thermawrap Pro?
October 11, 6:12pm

Re: First aid kit contents?
+1 to previous comments. But you asked what was in our FAK... yours will likely be different. Mine started out as Adventure Medicine's Ultralight .3 kit. I think the only thing that is the...

In GEAR » First aid kit contents?
October 09, 11:44pm

Re: Best clothing combo for my outdoor living? R2 + Houdini + Thermawrap Pro?
Your system seems fairly reasonable. Personally, I would go with something that was a bit lighter (less warm) than the R2 like the R1 hoody (or the Cap 4 Hoody if you run as warm as I do), and the...

In GEAR » Best clothing combo for my outdoor living? R2 + Houdini + Thermawrap Pro?
October 08, 10:45pm

Re: Bug protection in Mids
I used a MLD SuperFly for several years which had perimeter netting. It seemed to do a fine job keeping the flying bugs out. The ants on the other hand, not so much. --Mark

In GEAR » BUg protection in Mids
October 08, 10:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am