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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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email sent on the SP 700 thanks

In Gear Swap » Got Titanium?
January 04, 7:20am

"No one plans on being in a survival situation. It is the unexpected that gets you. Unless you NEVER take off your pack you could become separated." exactly :) if your pack is s...

In Philosophy & Technique » If you were seperated from your pack...
January 02, 1:15pm

I'd recommend against using your knife blades (unless you have to), instead use the spine of the knife- it helps if the spine is very squared up the LMF steel generally sparks easier than th...

In GEAR » Firesteel experiment
January 01, 2:36pm

"Real scenarios for pack loss: *Stream crossings *Falls *Fire *Animals *Theft" probably could add getting lost/injured away from camp- getting water, "short" hike/expl...

In Philosophy & Technique » If you were seperated from your pack...
December 31, 5:13pm

there is also a medium- that's what my wife uses, it's ~ 1.5 oz lighter than my regular, packs up a wee bit smaller too w/ the Neo being so thick, using it in conjunction w/ a sit/torso ...

In GEAR » Pros and cons of this neoair setup please
December 29, 9:03am

ditto :(

In Gear Deals » So for this BPL year end sale...
December 27, 12:31pm

neck carry
I've found I prefer a neck carry- you can see a small plastic triangle in the cord- this allows it to break off in the event of a bad spill and the cord getting hung up (the small spectra is ra...

In GEAR » How to carry a knife in a pack
December 23, 8:22am

didn't work for me
might be Mont-bell is excluded I entered the code and got a message the code was successfully entered, but discount popped up

In Gear Deals » Code for 20% off campsaver
December 17, 7:39am

I was surprised to see what a firestorm followed Ryan's review, maybe I shouldn't haven been. Living in Montana we're very blessed with a lot of nice areas to hike. Blessed with a lot...

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 15, 7:48pm

just got mine and used it, $.01 shipping too- not too shabby :)

In Gear Deals » Free $20.00 from backcountry
December 15, 6:06pm

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