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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Re: I knew there was a reason I always carry REI matches for emergencies
Dylan said "what's in the straws"? Amphetamine pixie sticks for emergency use only, um I mean firestraws :) take a section of straw, heat one end gently w/ a lighter, crimp w/ pli...

In GEAR » I knew there was a reason I always carry REI matches for emergencies
January 06, 8:24pm

matchsafe
Dale- you have impeccable taste in matchsafes! :)

In GEAR » I knew there was a reason I always carry REI matches for emergencies
January 06, 7:13pm

REI/UCO matches
yet another :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76Z3Dffcytk

In GEAR » I knew there was a reason I always carry REI matches for emergencies
January 06, 7:03pm

I knew there was a reason I always carry REI matches for emergencies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8BY6AbHL9w not my vid btw (not that I'm not into hip music :))

In GEAR » I knew there was a reason I always carry REI matches for emergencies
January 06, 6:55pm

drastic measure
this would be a drastic way to shave a little weight- I had a Marmot Atom bag (Long) that weighed ~ 24 oz, I had Tim Marshall (enlightenedequipment) convert it into a quilt, the quilt now has more ...

In GEAR » Trimming down my sleeping bag?
January 06, 5:16pm

length
they would work for my Groundhog stakes (7.5"), but too short for my Blizzard stakes- they're 10" in length- would be handy to have just one stake bag :)

In Gear Deals » Mountainfitter Tube Sock
January 06, 4:53pm

tent stake bag
Lawson- you used to list just a tent stake bag, any plans on offering just the stake bag again? I'd use mine as a combo stake bag/rock throw for bear bag- I don't have any tent poles :) ...

In Gear Deals » Mountainfitter Tube Sock
January 06, 1:10pm

thermal pro high loft
looking at this http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-delta-ar-zip-neck-shirt-mens the thermal pro high loft looks similar to Patagonia's R1, weight looks fairly comparable too for colder a...

In GEAR » Thermal Pro High Loft / Primaloft / Down - What to use when?
January 06, 1:01pm

squeeze box
nice work! :) it would definitely be tougher to replicate w/ ti (vs al), simply tougher to make bends/folds w/ ti- but possibly doable that design does share a lot more w/ the MSR heat exchang...

In Make Your Own Gear » titanium heat exchanger help
January 06, 12:50pm

Re: Re: re: waxless
Bob said "In California, we can only dream of super cold dry days" well next week we're looking at temps dipping into the -20 to -30 F range- that's when I do my California Dream...

In GEAR » Ski Advice
January 06, 9:02am

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

ULA Ohm
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