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Michael Gillenwater (mwgillenwater) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Seattle area
About Me Grew up camping and backpacking in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Then went to the east coast for grad school...then job...then family. Twenty years later we were able to reach escape velocity from Washington DC and relocated the entire family to the PNW. I've fallen in love with the Cascades as much as the Rockies. And we spend 4 weeks every year in Montana near Glacier.

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Re: More thanks!
A few thoughts. on the dead man anchors. best to give the snow time to consolidate and harden before putting tension on lines. the video did not seem to mention this important point. on the...

In Winter Hiking » Extending my 3-season gear for snow camping
March 20, 5:18pm

MLD quilt
PM sent on MLD quilt

In Gear Swap » FS: EE quilt, Golite, MLD, MSR, Gossamer Gear
March 20, 3:27pm

Re: Simblissity?
I've tried the levegaiters with minimalist shoes and was not a fan. Also used the Mt hardwear gaiters. Favorites are definitely Dirty Girls with minimalist shoes.

In GEAR » Minimalist/barefoot shoes and gaiters
March 19, 12:19pm

Happy feet
Vivobarefoot Breatho trail shoes because my feet get happy just at the thought of getting to play in them on the trail.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 17, 8:25pm

Re: New Vivo's
I'm now on my third pair of Breathos. Love them after 100s of miles. They do wear out too quickly, but still love them. I have not tried the Freak's yet, but have been anticipating them s...

In GEAR » new vivobarefoot shoes
March 14, 3:43pm

Re: cheap but good tents
Funny Robert. I have that same Eureka Timberline tent, purchased in 1986. Still use it for car camping with the family. And believe it or not, I used to backpack with it as a kid, although we wou...

In GEAR » Cheap Tents: Philosophy, Review, and Raw Emotion
March 13, 5:36pm

Re: ultrarunner here
Not a new trail runner, but getting back on the bandwagon after a severals years away to start a family and nonprofit organization. I currently don't do races, but just run for the joy of it. ...

In Other Activities » Ultramarathon
March 13, 5:30pm

Re: Measurements of Frost Line Medium
A more expensive alternative is the Feathered Friends Daybreak hooded jacket. Although the 900+ down FW spec seems a little silly. http://featheredfriends.com/down-garments/garments/lightweight...

In GEAR » New: Montbell Frost Smoke Parka & More
March 06, 4:43pm

ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
Interesting new product. http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/pointy_hat.shtml Not sure how the hybrid cuben fiber material will hold up under long term UV exposure.

In GEAR » ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
March 05, 8:21pm

Re: Re: Reverse Engineered Encapsil Belay Parka
Is there any new news on Encapsil? Is Patagonia going to make any other products using this technology. Seems strange. If it is so great, why are we not hearing about other new products in the w...

In GEAR » Patagonia Encapsil Belay Parka Reverse Engineered
March 05, 7:46pm

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