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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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30 years
Sometimes things don't change even in 30 years :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 12:10pm

Derek I was a wilderness ranger in the Bob many moons ago and just the possession of a bike (or chainsaw or other) was a violation. That may have changed, but not likely- still worth checking w/ th...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 11:59am

Re: Re: SUL trip
Thanks Kat, Dave and whalen! Dave- valid point, I wonder if the MLD pics are simply pics with the packs filled with something light just to show them at full volume? Like I said, I had no iss...

In Post-Trip Reports » My first SUL trip
August 07, 9:59am

Re: Re: My first SUL trip
thanks Gents! todd- I never noticed until you pointed that out and I agree that pack is sitting low on my back; it's possible I had just donned the pack and didn't have the shoulder stra...

In Post-Trip Reports » My first SUL trip
August 07, 6:51am

eric- yes that's exactly the stuff I'm talking about! Ito- my foot isn't overly wide (maybe not at all????), I've just been blessed with longer than average toes :), so the toe b...

In GEAR » Trail runner with approach shoe grip?
August 07, 6:42am

Re: 2016 BMWO Route Selection
Don very gracious and thanks, but Dave clearly stated the start and finish are at the campgrounds- accepting a ride would not fall into "under your own power", while a bike (or hike) woul...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 6:35am

core volume
nice :) agree fully- it's definitely all of 28 liters and with the right gear selection more than enough room for 4-5 days

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
August 06, 8:21pm

My first SUL trip
I've flirted with SUL weight a few times, but never cracked 5 lbs- until now :) My new kit included MLD's new Core pack, a Zpack 7x9 cuben tarp, a 50 degree quilt w/ an extra ounce of do...

In Post-Trip Reports » My first SUL trip
August 06, 8:17pm

cuben bivy
looks like David has exactly what I was looking for- thanks all

In Gear Swap » WTB cuben bivy
August 06, 5:04pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Light 20oz
Thanks Dale :) David sounds like these might be similarly gauged, definitely more hardy than the "crinkly" ones. Not sure why they discontinued the wider mouth ones, maybe $$$???

In GEAR » lightest 20 oz plastic bottles
August 06, 12:50pm

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