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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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Crazy Mountains, Montana
the Crazies are an often looked over range that lie between Bozeman and Billing. lots of trout filled alpine lakes, lots of wildlife including a large population of mountain goats started at th...

In Post-Trip Reports » Crazy Mountains, Montana
August 06, 6:20pm

^ looks like if I really want light weight (and strength) that I should probably pony up for cuben or choose sil and save $ (but gain a few oz)

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 06, 12:40pm

30 degree bag
you've gotten a lot of good advice (par for this great forum :))- I'd add while it's not doable stretching a 40 degree bag in September in the northern Rockies- it is doable stretching ...

In GEAR » 40F bag for Grand Teton In Early Sept.
August 06, 8:57am

inner tent
^ wouldn't it be possible to have short guys/bungis in the corner of a pyramid inner tent to still give you a little more room (less slope)?

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 05, 8:45pm

and yet another contender :) looking at the alpinlite it appears there isn't much of a bathtub side on the inner tent- might just be the pics though??? I did look quite hard at the double...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 05, 5:12pm

that did catch my eye in the market report- price point is pretty decent as well :)

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 05, 1:31pm

another option :)
yet another option to ponder - thanks :)

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 05, 7:44am

heavy work gear
I have a job that sometimes leads me into the backcountry and when working these have to come along

In GEAR » Heavy gear that works
August 04, 8:59pm

funny you should mention that :) I saw a little piece on Ryan's site where he was using a customized speedmid- looks like he had mid guys on it- it appears he had it made slightly smaller too ...

In GEAR » what "tent" to replace my Carbon Reflex 2
August 04, 4:42pm

^ wow
that's cheap!

In Gear Deals » Backpacker Magazine $4.99
August 04, 8:19am

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