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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear ListBob Marshall Open 2015

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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sabino trail
the sabino trails definitely have a large toe box- I normally want ee or eee and their "regular" 9 fit me perfectly- a normal (or low) volume foot I think would have trouble w/ the fit ...

In GEAR » Lightest Trail Runners with Large Toebox?
September 07, 7:24pm

another + for Via
instant coffee is easy and light (and usually crappy tasting!), w/ the advent of Via it makes it an easy choice what I'm carrying for my caffeine fix :)

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 07, 7:17pm

mine's a poncho/tarp
same 8x5' size, can use the same pitches modified pyramid I like this one too (found it in Ryan's book)- modified a frame

In GEAR » 5 x 8 Flat tarp setups
September 07, 6:12pm

^ is your Ion modified? curious as your carrying a fairly "traditional" tent and sleeping bag tia

In Gear Lists » Golite Ion ger lists
September 06, 6:22pm

I'm w/ David on this one- I don't mind dropping a little coin for lighter weights, but it is especially appealing when the item(s) are first rate quality and built to last awhile. I have a...

In GEAR » ROI of upgrading
August 27, 6:53pm

take your knife and scrape a portion of the cube- enough that it leaves a small pile of "crumbs"- light the "crumbs" w/ either a lighter or a match I've had very good luc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Esbit - what am I doing wrong?
August 27, 6:39pm

Re: Update
Chris- thanks so much for taking the time to do this- wonderful addition to the site. I missed several several reports on places on my "to do" list- this is great :) Mike

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report Index
August 27, 8:18am

Re: Re: Great site and trip report
+3- great job w/ your site and great job w/ the JMT! Looks very professional and is well organized- I would be very pressed to come up w/ something half that good :)

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT - July 24 - August 12, 2010
August 27, 8:10am

Re: "South Fork of the Flathead, Bob Marshall Wilderness"
David- nice vid! :) I haven't spent a lot of time on the South Fork, but used to work in the Middle Fork (both the Bob and the Great Bear). We used to joke w/ the folks working out of Big Pra...

In Post-Trip Reports » South Fork of the Flathead, Bob Marshall Wilderness
August 27, 8:08am

Re: Re: Recycled Content
They're still being sold in Europe. correct :)

In Gear Deals » 2 golite Ion's on ebay
August 27, 7:14am

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