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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear List3 day "Shoulder Season" list- Rocky Mtns

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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first post
interesting first post on a backpacking light forum

In GEAR » Has your knife ever helped you out of a dire situation?
October 20, 5:05pm

multiple crossings
we did a trip in the Gila (NM) this spring where there were close to 100 stream crossings in a 20 miles stretch- clearly the "just keep walking" method was the most efficient. we were us...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » barefoot stream fording?
October 20, 1:10pm

I read in a "how to" wash article that if you had dry clumps you need to start over (ie wash again) I recently washed one of my older bags- it was a great pain, but every 10-15 minutes...

In GEAR » Fixing down clumps in a sleeping bag?
October 19, 8:46pm

the call
well I finally got "the call" :( I cancelled my order, I'll find someone else to do business with

In Gear Deals » 15% off at Bent Gate (includes WM)
October 19, 12:36pm

I think that answer will vary widely w/ the individual- some folks are completely comfortable 5 degrees below their 32 degree rated bag w/ nothing more than a base layer, some folks need additional...

In GEAR » WM Summerlite + EB Downlight Sweater = ????
October 19, 7:17am

curious- is there a problem w/ your current Giga? mine boils quickly (don't use it to simmer, but looks like it will), is basically idiot proof, very light and compact- personally I wouldn...

In GEAR » JetBoil or SnowPeak GigaPower?
October 18, 8:36pm

my uses the strapped ones you have linked for 4 season use, I've had good luck w/ the Montbell stretch gaiters- also 4 season use I haven't seen the strapless ones you have linked before...

In GEAR » Winter hiking Gaiters Q
October 18, 1:11pm

<-- definitely a strap user- regardless of terrain I find it much more comfortable, you have to have the straps orientated correctly or they serve little purpose

In GEAR » Trekking pole straps
October 18, 12:47pm

Re: Winter Pad
if you already have a Neo- you might want to peruse this thread

In GEAR » Winter Pad
October 18, 8:24am

Re: 15% off at Bent Gate (includes WM)
just ordered my wife a UL inner jacket- thanks for the heads up!

In Gear Deals » 15% off at Bent Gate (includes WM)
October 18, 7:48am

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