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Michael Gillenwater (mwgillenwater) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Seattle area
About Me Grew up camping and backpacking in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Then went to the east coast for grad school...then job...then family. Twenty years later we were able to reach escape velocity from Washington DC and relocated the entire family to the PNW. I've fallen in love with the Cascades as much as the Rockies. And we spend 4 weeks every year in Montana near Glacier.

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Re: ITB issues
What Jennifer said! Rolling does not stretch the IT band, from my understanding. It loosens the connective tissue around the band. I had this problem last year and had many visits with PTs t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
May 30, 4:32pm

Beautifully written
Beautiful storytelling Ike. Bravo.

In Editor's Roundtable » Onto The Shelf
May 29, 10:58pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stretching
Laymen's summary of the science on stretching and athletics. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/to-stretch-or-not-to-stretch/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
May 08, 9:36pm

Seattle Area trip week of 14 June
I've been given clearance from the family to take the week of 14-21 June off for backpacking. Destination is not yet selected, but will be in or around the Cascades or Olympics near Seattle. I&...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Seattle Area trip week of 14 June
May 05, 6:49pm

All is good
The arcblast fits great for skinny folks. I fit that description and have used one on many trips with total satisfaction. And joe the designer is also a pretty skinny guy.

In GEAR » Zpacks ARC blast-does it work with Skinny folk?
April 13, 2:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
I've stayed out of this discussion, as the focus seemed to be far from minimalist footwear. I hike in Vivos (Breatho Trail, although now the new model is called Trail Freak). All I can say is t...

In GEAR » Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
April 10, 11:25am

Re: Re: Custom 10x7 Cuben Tarp.
I have on order a 10.5' x 7 zpacks flat tarp my self. kept it simple. standard edge tie outs, but added one just like todd described. on the ridgeline a couple feet in from the end so that yo...

In GEAR » Custom 10x7 Cuben Tarp.
March 26, 3:11pm

New Prolite video on wind shirts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Zfd_TJlXo&feature=em-uploademail I thought this was great. And it up'ed my opinion some of the new Houdini fabric. I'm digging it in the Nine Trai...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
March 25, 1:42pm

Re: More thanks!
A few thoughts. on the dead man anchors. best to give the snow time to consolidate and harden before putting tension on lines. the video did not seem to mention this important point. on the...

In Winter Hiking » Extending my 3-season gear for snow camping
March 20, 5:18pm

MLD quilt
PM sent on MLD quilt

In Gear Swap » FS: EE quilt, Golite, MLD, MSR, Gossamer Gear
March 20, 3:27pm

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