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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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part 2
another great write-up- thanks! ^ Roger's advice is spot on, have taken several river rescue courses and one of the first items normally covered is multiple person crossing (or could be a re...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole Part 2: The Snowy Sierra
February 01, 5:19pm

Re: Re: Re: paypal
found it- thanks ordered a copy :)

In Gear Deals » GoLite pack raffle with pre-order of National Geographic issue
February 01, 5:10pm

I think in composition they are very similar to wetfire, possibly identical????? they come wrapped individually, kind of- but more like an ice tray w/ wrap over the top, they could be cut indivi...

In GEAR » Solid fuel users
February 01, 5:02pm

^ how did you order through paypal? thanks

In Gear Deals » GoLite pack raffle with pre-order of National Geographic issue
February 01, 1:09pm

for all day snow slogging (ie snowshoeing) GTX can be helpful, but they take forever to dry out- for a thru hike where you're likely to encounter multiple environs I'd say the disadvantages...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
February 01, 7:19am

Re: knife
Scott- it's a Fallkniven WM1 (re-handled w/ orange G10 so I don't lose the dam(n) thing :)) Mike my FAK has gotten much smaller the last couple of years- small roll of gauze, leukotap...

In GEAR » First aid and rescue kits - what to leave behind?
February 01, 7:13am

where the items are located
lots of good advice in this thread :) I'd also give some consideration as to where these items are located in the (albeit rare) chance you were to become separated from your pack my small k...

In GEAR » First aid and rescue kits - what to leave behind?
January 31, 8:50pm

ti spokes
^ great idea!

In Multiple Use Gear » Cheap alternative to the zia fabrications ti grill?
January 31, 12:38pm

winter is the only season I'd consider gore trail runners- as other have said- too hot, too long to dry when they do get wet

In GEAR » Trailrunners: Waterproof or Not?
January 30, 7:46pm

look for used, I picked up a Marmot Lithium used for a very good price (not quite $200 good though :) ) down bags (w/ reasonable care) can last a very (very) long time

In GEAR » Best 0 Bag for the Money?
January 29, 11:56am

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