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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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Ken T
Ken- we must have been typing at the same time funny how close are posts are! something about great minds......... :) Mike

In Gear Lists » gear list - advice?
May 01, 9:07am

looking to drop weight?
what advice are you looking for? wanting to get lighter? it's a little easier to advise if you post weights, but I'll give it a go w/o your sleep system doesn't have a lot of roo...

In Gear Lists » gear list - advice?
May 01, 8:22am

one other option-Smith not cheap, but not uber expensive- lots (and lots) of different frames, many have interchangeable lenses which I find to be very useful the ones I've owned have bee...

In GEAR » Polarized sunglasses recommendation
April 27, 8:28pm

Re: $ Drops
yeah- I think that's exactly what's going on :) I'll take the down mitts- pm inbound

In Gear Swap » - Winter Gear Clear - BRG, WM, Grivel, Brooks Range
April 27, 6:30pm

Re: Re: Re: One month until kick-off
regarding moisture in deadfall, it's going to really vary, some of it still going to be very moist- there should be a lot of spruce and fir whose lower dead limbs will be bone dry, there may be...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 26, 5:32pm

They're perfect
Got my mittens and the fit is perfect, my hands are almost always medium. The weight is exactly one ounce and they have the nice clips to keep them together like OR uses. Got them in black. Just or...

In GEAR » does anyone make 100 weight mittens?
April 24, 1:52pm

Re: Food Storage/ Bear Safety
I hang my food; roughly 10' off the ground (and 5'-ish from the tree), try to keep a fair bit away from where I'm sheltering I typically eat near where I'm sheltering, boil in th...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 23, 7:09am

high elevation snow
as Dave mentioned somewhere earlier, snow pack is down, but moisture content is near normal and what I'm seeing is high elevation snow hanging on pretty well thus far- low to mid elevation snow...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 20, 7:04pm

Re: scout fire
don't have a carbide light, but do have a UCO candle holder- I wonder if the heat would be sufficient, the cover would make it safer certainly (albeit add a little weight)

In Philosophy & Technique » modern take on Scout fire and question on vapor barrier
April 19, 3:02pm

Richard- thanks- that gives perfectly w/ my experience I've been eyeballing the Piton, but have yet to pull the trigger as a base and/or mid layer w/ a windshirt works so well

In GEAR » Confusing info about Cap 4 vs R1
April 17, 7:05am

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