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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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^ definitely don't dump the windshirt regardless of your rainwear choice- you'll use it a ton (and hopefully your gear very little! :) )

In GEAR » windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
July 06, 9:06am

you've got lots to choose from :) my go to setup for the Rockies (albeit WY and MT which should correlate pretty well for CO as well) is as follows top is lightweight long sleeve crew (me...

In Gear Lists » Layering for Colorado Rockies
July 06, 7:12am

Can't comment on Sportslick- never tried it, I did have an opportunity to test out Hydropel a couple of weeks ago in the Gila. I purchased a tube (the stuff is $$$$!) because we were going to ...

In GEAR » Hydropel vs. Sportslick
July 05, 5:41pm

advice on a route (found)
thanks- actually got to talk to someone who had covered the route :)

In Philosophy & Technique » advice on a route- map included
July 05, 2:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
B.G. said "It is a bit thicker than Saran wrap." exactly :)

In GEAR » windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
July 05, 1:32pm

Re: Re: windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
I use a TNF Diad that I believe is the same material as the Triumph- it's full zip vs anorak so weighs a little more- I've found it more than sturdy enough for the mountains. Typical (yeah...

In GEAR » windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
July 05, 8:57am

2 oz poncho
ahh- poncho-tarp doesn't work so good w/ two :) (although I did see a pic once of two ID ponchos pitched side by side to for a shelter!) Dri Ducks would be a good option- while certainly no...

In GEAR » windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
July 05, 8:21am

2 oz poncho
I think 30 days would be pushing it for a cheap poncho, 3-4 days-maybe they disintegrate rather quickly :( what are you using for a shelter? I use a poncho/tarp (several good ones out there)...

In GEAR » windshirt + 2 oz poncho on a 30 day hike
July 05, 7:38am

light grill
you can make your own lightweight grill relatively easy, this one weighs 1.4 oz and nests completely inside itself for backpacking I just take a small amount of lemon pepper- season well, grill ...

In Fishing » cooking fish
July 05, 7:33am

insulating layer
there are lots of good insulating tops to choose from- the nano puff is syn so it has some advantages in wet weather over down- they have a new hooded version that just hit the stores down will ...

In Gear Lists » Grand Tetons July Gear List
July 04, 6:37am

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