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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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or 0.2 oz for the AMK mini signal mirror :) as mentioned before it can be used for to inspect yourself for medical purposes as well- not to mention getting your hair just right for that picture! :)

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
July 02, 10:29am

Re: Re: lithium
which worked just fine-thanks :)

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot Lithium sleeping bag
June 26, 7:59pm

Greg- thanks for the heads up! re-sized the photo, but it still doesn't show the reply button??? anywho these other posts have a reply button, sooooooooo if you need to reply hit one of them...

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot Lithium sleeping bag
June 26, 7:26pm

FS Marmot Lithium sleeping bag

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot Lithium sleeping bag
June 26, 6:53pm

Re: Re: Bic vs. firesteel
David said "But for how important a fire can be when things start going badly, a fire steel SOMEWHERE ELSE in your system is worth it to me." agreed, I don't think redundancy is ne...

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
June 26, 5:58pm


In GEAR » Which sub 0.5 oz knife: Spyderco ladybug or ?
June 26, 8:17am

while a reliable spark source is certainly needed, when the chips are down- some carried tinder can make the difference between starting a fire and not- I carry 3-4 tinder tabs and a wetfire cube- ...

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
June 23, 7:44pm

N1 update
Finished a 55k w/ the N1's, had one surprise- early in the race I got a bad blister on top of my left big toe, of course I let it go too long (waiting for the next aid station) and it bled thro...

In GEAR » need trail runners for very rocky/talus/scree conditions
June 23, 8:04am

Re: Re: Pure Grits in Snow
I've been running in the 2's for a couple of months, the traction is pretty decent- if it's very rocky I'd be a little worried about my feet, the grits are definitely in the lightwe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pure Grits Adequate for Snowy Mtn Passes on JMT ?
June 19, 7:29am

staying fit
trail running imho has got to be the best bang for you buck (read time) in prepping for longer hikes- works on your balance, strengthens your core, works all those small accessory muscles/tendons/l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Staying fit for long hikes
June 17, 7:44am

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Petzl e+LITE
I thought I had added my review earlier on this lamp, but hadn't :) I've been very impressed w/ this diminutive lamp- if you're looking for a lamp for hours of night travel- this isn'...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 12:08pm

Black Diamond Carbon Cork
@ 16 oz (pair) these are certainly heavier than some of the UL offerings, but still relatively light the FlickLock is about as solid of a adjustment as I've seen for trekking poles- I'm sur...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 4:19pm

not sure why it's listed with the frameless packs, while not a robust frame- the carbon fiber/derlin frame is certainly a frame and definitely helps w/ the load capacity of this pack anywho- th...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 13, 5:17pm

Montrail Sabino Trail
My first pair are over a year old now w/ ~ 500 backpacking/trail running miles- there is some light fraying here and there, but overall are still in very good condition. I've never had a hot spot...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:23pm

Dirty Girl Gaiters
I'd probably go 4.5 just because of the needed velcro, but I like these enough I wanted to round up. They are breathable, they are light and they do a great job of keeping stuff out of your sho...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:11pm

Osprey Talon 22
double post- whoops :)

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:26pm

Osprey Talon 22
The Talon is a very full featured pack, that carries like a dream (w/ reasonable loads). I use it for snowshoeing day trips and it swallows up the gear- shovel, bivy, down parka, etc I love the be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:22pm

Wet Fire Fire Starting Tinder
I'm a little redundant w/ fire starting stuff (boy scout in me I guess)- the wetfire tinders are my "if I absolutely need to start a fire" tinder. they will even burn in water or on sno...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 14, 7:49pm

Smartwool Beanie
my Smartwool beanie makes into both my day pack and multi-day trips, light weight, warm, takes up almost no space- I don't go anywhere w/o it going on two years and it still looks/fits great

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 20, 8:47pm

Moosejaw the company
I've made numerous transaction with moosejaw and they have always been smooth and hassle free. their staff is knowledgable and they frequently have the best prices on gear I do have one smal...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 7:00pm