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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Re: helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
+1 to Kat's observations about setting the standard for open communication, honesty, expectations, etc. If the GF wants to work through the issues objectively, the best thing would be for he...

In Philosophy & Technique » helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
October 08, 10:30pm

Re: Compresion Leg Sleeves... like <> no like ?
I mostly haven't used compression clothing backpacking, but I have experimented with compression clothing for long runs, cycling, duo/tri training/events. My antidotal experience is that I di...

In GEAR » Compresion Leg Sleeves... like <> no like ?
October 07, 10:19pm

Re: Re: Re: base / mid for col temp activities
> it's got that Patagucci price tag though--119 retail, which seems pretty high for a fleece, ouch. yeah, I forgot what it's retail price tag is. I actually think it's worth th...

In GEAR » Idea for baselayer and mid layer for cold temp activity.
October 06, 10:47pm

Re: Dream PCT shelter set up
I haven't used one, just check out someone elses, but I agree that the Skyscape X seems like as closest thing to a perfect PCT shelter I have seen. Protective enough for washington when you h...

In GEAR » Dream PCT shelter set up
October 06, 6:02pm

Re: base / mid for col temp activities
I appreciate the DIY idea using the corded shirt, but I would suggest that the grid version of powerdry that patagonia started to use in the Cap 4 hoody in 2012 is fishnet done right. There are air...

In GEAR » Idea for baselayer and mid layer for cold temp activity.
October 06, 5:58pm

Re: Your favorite Warm Hat; Favorite Warm sun hat/system
Shoulder season means I am wearing my Cap4 hoody and likely have wind shirt, Until it's so cold I expect to be wearing a balaclava I almost always have a Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat. So for...

In GEAR » Your favorite Warm Hat; Favorite Warm sun hat/system
September 29, 10:34pm

Re: Sierra Cup
+1 to Chris' comment: Designed to be able to make all hot drinks Cold and still have the ability to burn your face when you try to have a drink. When I started backpacking in the 1970s we...

In GEAR » Sierra Cup
September 29, 10:22pm

Re: "looking for down booties with..."
yes, they are a like the feathered friend and the western mountaineering booties. Would have liked something a bit lower, but ok. Yes, there is a bit of slipping around on the inside... I am abou...

In GEAR » looking for down booties with...
August 20, 4:15pm

Re: looking for down booties with...
The answer I found was goosefeet gear's down socks with overfill (3oz) combined with the waterproof over booties with toughtek soles (5oz). While the website doesn't indicate it yet, Ben ...

In GEAR » looking for down booties with...
August 20, 3:48pm

Re: Re: Attention all who carry iPhones while backpacking: critical info RE iPhone 5
While not great I do use Gaia. It's the best GPS app I have used on the iPhone -1 iTopoMaps... clunkly, scanned maps seem often misaligned Wind Meter... I have found it to be surprisingly cl...

In GEAR » Attention all who carry iPhones while backpacking: critical info RE iPhone 5
August 20, 8:47am

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am