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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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my simple setup
I use a tarp/poncho, but it should be similar to any tarp- I tie a bowline knot in one of the guy, this end is attached to the tarp grommet or loop via a larkshead knot, the other end goes directly...

In GEAR » Securing tarp guylines to trekking poles
September 19, 11:41am

Re: Re: Well, I'll give cowboy a try!
"So ... what is the word on VIA versus Java Juice?? At least I know where to get VIA, but may have to search for the Juice, but I won't bother unless there is a promise of superior coffee....

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 19, 10:20am

Re: the "Do it all Pack"
Joe said "Limiting yourself to one pack? The horror.............the horror........" ^ this :) jack of all trades, master of none if the horror came true, I'd probably opt for a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the "Do it all Pack"
September 19, 9:13am

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good looking gear list :) do have a question though- I see you don't pack a windshirt, but instead pack a rain jacket- how has the Triumph worked in the capacity as a windshirt? Curious as ...

In Gear Lists » Solo UL Sierra Gear List Summer 2010
September 18, 3:47pm

from the pics
as near as I can tell- it appears there are a couple of notches cut into the new style to get the tails to fit http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.cascadedesigns.com/images/product/medium/Lightning_Ta...

In Winter Hiking » snowshoe tails (MSR Lightning)
September 18, 10:09am

Re: sleeping socks?
Thom said "My sleeping socks are the same weight and style as the socks I hike in and vary depending on the trip/season. One pair is used when hiking and the 2nd pair, designated for sleepi...

In GEAR » Getting rid of long sleeping socks?
September 18, 9:53am

snowshoe tails (MSR Lightning)
posted this in the G Spot, didn't realize we had a dedicated winter hiking sections :) anywho- not sure how long these have been out, but pretty slick idea- adds 5" of flotation to your...

In Winter Hiking » snowshoe tails (MSR Lightning)
September 18, 9:10am

neo and water
won't wade into the water treatment debate :) I will say that if there is a relatively god chance of below freezing temps- I'd consider adding a thin pad (GG thinlight 1/8" ~ 2 oz) ...

In Gear Lists » High Sierra Trail loop gear list
September 17, 1:24pm

fall trip
yeah- that's (bugs/people) kind of what has me leaning towards a later trip :) I'm looking at the ULA Circuit fro my wife (depending on what she thinks of the Ohm when it arrives). It l...

In Gear Lists » The "not-another-JMT-list" list
September 17, 1:11pm

jmt
looks like a pretty darn good list :) I am (was) also a Exos 46 user- great pack, but I've gotten my base weight low enough (as appears you have as well) that I thought it was time to shed a l...

In Gear Lists » The "not-another-JMT-list" list
September 17, 7:56am

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