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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: modern take on Scout fire and question on vapor barrier
I've seen that movie several times, but it's been a long time since I've viewed it- possibly????

In Philosophy & Technique » modern take on Scout fire and question on vapor barrier
April 10, 8:25pm

modern take on Scout fire and question on vapor barrier
in the 1700's soldiers/scouts would often wander into enemy country trying to remain undetected, but still needing to stay warm, a large fire was out of the question- they would cover themselve...

In Philosophy & Technique » modern take on Scout fire and question on vapor barrier
April 10, 7:19pm

bag is sold- thanks

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot Helium 15F sleeping bag, near new condition
April 10, 6:03pm

I like the Katabatic attachment system, you can run the clip onto a shock cord and let it move or it can be locked in, so it doesn't if you're a tosser/turner, go with the wide

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 10, 7:22am

3 season use
my wife and I have Alpine Lights that get broken out for shoulder season and milder winter trips (we use lighter down jackets (MH Ghost) for "summer") we could get by w/o the lighter dow...

In GEAR » Winter down jacket for 3 season use?
April 09, 7:58pm

I don't think you'd have to size up too much, probably one size, ie "normal" to wide- again measure around the quilt fully lofted so you have a little extra to tuck under I'...

In GEAR » Thinking of switching to a quilt
April 09, 7:01pm

waterproof bivy
most of my solo trips I use a eVENT bivy, I'll add a small (5x5-ish) tarp if the weather looks poor- the bivy is waterproof but the small tarp over the upper portion of my bivy provides a littl...

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
April 09, 7:26am

Re: How wide is wide enough?
take a cloth measuring tape and go around your fully lofted bag; as you stated you don't need to go all the way around, just enough to tuck it in a little - my guess (only a guess) is that 58&q...

In GEAR » Thinking of switching to a quilt
April 09, 7:16am

Re: Re: running-walking
there was an ultra runner who used the mantra "walk like you're late for work", I've used this to get out of "stroll" mode :) as much as I hate treadmills (dreadmill)...

In Philosophy & Technique » hiking cadence
April 08, 9:20pm

Re: Re: wearing a quilt
would definitely be a skill building exercise, best tried at warmer temps for practice :)

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
April 08, 9:03pm

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