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Mark Larson (mlarson) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southeast USA
About Me Lifelong student and nerd in general, currently working on the web. I have a bias for higher mileage and longer days on the trail. Most of my hikes are on the border of SUL & UL; I still weigh everything, but pretty much stopped using spreadsheets. I read all the time, blog less, and run a good bit.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Web Cams of Interest to Hikers, Etc
Great idea. Good thread, Bill. A couple more from the Appalachians: Two cameras with views from the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. A lot of folks keep their eyes on this on...

In Other Activities » Web Cams of Interest to Hikers, Etc
December 31, 5:55pm

New Triple Crown Record
Matthew 'Squeaky' Hazley finished his calendar Triple Crown. He hiked the PCT, CDT, and AT each end-to-end from May 4 to December 29. That's 7500+ miles in ~240 days. Another hiker who went up y...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Triple Crown Record
December 30, 8:48am

0.1oz Alcohol Stove
A lighter twist on a good product. I wanted to make a lighter, narrower version of Jim Wood's SuperCat stove. My working prototype is the PremiCapp, made from an 8floz can of Medaglia D'Oro Premium...

In Make Your Own Gear » 0.1oz Alcohol Stove
December 24, 1:33pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sleeping Bags???
I also think the Thermal Sheet is the better choice. Doesn't seem as coffin-like as the Edge. I would definitely choose wider, thinner and less drafty, v. narrower, thicker, more drafty. The zip ad...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bags???
December 23, 8:47pm

Best of 2005
Hmm... -GoLite Jam pack. Made my list for 2004, and stayed up there this year, whittled down to a pound and change. Can't imagine not having it around. -Inov8 Flyroc 310 shoes. It took a while to...

In GEAR » 2005 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 21, 9:23pm

Re: Offical Wish List/ breakable CF poles
Mark Verber: Titanium Goat recently redesigned their Goat Poles. An internal ferrule makes it possible to split into 2 pieces. At 6oz and $130, they're worth a look. My wishlist isn't too compli...

In GEAR » Official Wish List
December 21, 9:10pm

SOLD: GoLite, ID siltarps
Thanks y'all. All items are spoken for. ------ Offering up the rarely-used inventory: SOLD$50-GoLite Lair 2. Green.SOLD 14.4oz for shelter and stuff sack, 4.4oz for 9 GoLite Y-stakes and st...

In Gear Swap » FS: GoLite, ID siltarps
December 19, 8:15pm

GoLite Hex $137
GoLite Hex on sale for $137 at the Extreme Outfitters. There are some other good GoLite deals there as well. -Mark

In Gear Deals » GoLite Hex $137
December 19, 7:50pm

Re: Re: advice on sleeping bag requested
If you can't use down in your sleeping system, I'd urge you to consider a synthetic quilt for weight savings. Ray Jardine offers an excellent sew-it-yourself kit. -Mark

In GEAR » advice on sleeping bag requested
December 19, 7:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: wish for longer tarp
Robert and Jack: Thanks for the heads-up. I've been aware of both options. My comment about the 8x8 was meant tongue-in-cheek. I'm pretty sure the SpinnTwinn will make it into my pack next year, un...

In GEAR » Condensation problems in Vapr Bivy. Suggestions?
December 19, 1:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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GoLite Virga
Used this one on the AT this summer. My particular model has 1 large pocket on the right-hand side. I accidentally purchased a Small @ 8.1oz, but it ended up working out just fine for size [5'11, ...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 18, 8:18am

Montrail Masai
I like the Masai quite a bit. They don't wear as well as many other shoes. The toe rubber and seams started to flake out around the 300-mile mark, but surprisingly the fabric itself showed very li...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 01, 10:26am

Gossamer Gear Miniposa
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam. I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 14, 9:29am

Inov8 Flyroc 310
The Flyrocs are quite good. The deep-lugged soles make for excellent grip. I like that the heel isn't significantly raised, so you the shoes feel nice and close to the ground. The open mesh lets some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 02, 9:07am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
This pot has great dimensions. Wide base, but not too shallow. Also wide enough to fit a trimmed spoon inside with my entire kitchen, and still close completely. I like the volume for meals on long-te...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 16, 11:19am

Gatorade Bottle
I'll put a plug in the for the Gatorade Endurance bottles in particular. They are a little more narrow and taller than the standard squatty bottles, so they fit more easily in side pockets. 1L/34oz ca...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 04, 3:05am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
This shoe is almost brilliant. I love the mesh, and the thin tongue is very comfortable. The footbed is probably the most supportive and comfortable I've ever used--no sore spots or aches. My bones an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 04, 3:00am

U.S. Department of Defense MRE Spoon
Meals-ready-to-eat come with great spoons, and some food, too. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is or where to find them commercially. The spoons have a generous length, long to reach the bottom o...

In Cookware - Other
November 04, 2:49am

Montane Featherlite
A great, great windshirt, and I've been really surprised by its inclement weather performance. I've been on brief runs [20-40 minutes] in the rain with the Featherlite. While it eventually wets out an...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:40am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
This is a review of the non-extended version, which I've really grown to like. Just a bit over 7oz, about 7.75 feet long, and a bargain at $40-50. I have had no problems with durability; snags on tree...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 04, 2:29am