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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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Re: Re: Re: 1.5oz wood stove
Ryan, I hacked up a crude, cave-man version of your stove last night. It was my first wood stove cooking experience, and I had a good time with it. I'm going to keep my eye out for other can siz...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1.5oz wood stove
December 19, 8:46am

Re: Re: wish for longer tarp
8x8 at 9.4oz... I wonder who makes a tarp like that. But, the square shape has never grown on me for general use. Just doesn't 'feel' right, hammocking excepted. Tim, I do understand your wish. ...

In GEAR » Condensation problems in Vapr Bivy. Suggestions?
December 19, 8:40am

Re: Racing Flats
Jason, great idea. I've thought about the racing flats idea, and plan on testing it out soon. Some cross-country style spikeless racing shoes can be found in the 5-8oz range. They're not made for t...

In GEAR » Lightweight sandals
December 17, 10:25am

Re: Say What?
Good comments. I recognize that the experiences are qualitatively different, and that some put more hair on your chest. I tend to use the terms in the following fashion: -Supported. You have han...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What did it cost?
December 17, 8:40am

Re: Podcast feedback appreciated
I'm sure many would appreciate hearing an interview with your countryman, Squeaky, who is working on a calendar Triple Crown right now. I think he's about 3-400 miles from finishing, and will have ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Podcast feedback appreciated
December 17, 8:11am

Re: Re: What did it cost?
I think David Bonn's comments are spot-on. $10 a day for supplies, and $600 a month total is a safe budget, and it's not too hard to go cheaper. I've pimped this site several other times, but I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What did it cost?
December 15, 6:57pm

Re: Which one first?
I would recommend the AT first as sort of "training wheels." Some reasons... One, because you have many more resources to help you organize and prepare. Two, less technical skill needed. Three, log...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Which one first?
December 15, 6:34pm

Re: Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim
You took some really wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing. -Mark

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim
December 01, 5:38pm

Re: Any Runners Out There?
Runner here. I've done "running hikes" before, running about 5-8 out of the 12-18 total miles on multi-day trips. Normal hikes are longer, but I haven't yet integrated running into those longer 20,...

In Philosophy & Technique » Any Runners Out There?
November 30, 5:45pm

Re: Smartwool vs. Icebreaker vs. Ibex
I think Icebreaker wins for style points and variety, but all three make excellent products. Never been disappointed. By the way, Sierra Trading Post has these manufacturers on sale all the time. ...

In GEAR » Smartwool vs. Icebreaker
November 27, 6:30pm

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