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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: Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
Whether or not you carry bear spray (I think it is fine not to, but my family insists when I go solo in the area), if you are going into real bear country I would recommend watching this video. Mos...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 14, 3:28pm

Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Bears
Agree. The only places I do carry bear spray are in the Bob and Alaska. We spent a month in the summer every year just outside the Bob visiting family and do as many nights backpacking in the a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 11, 5:38pm

Re: Re: Water Resistant Down
Patagonia made a big deal of its Encapsil treatment, which I understand to be a distinct (and better?) technology than all the other down treatments. But now I don't see any products or any ne...

In GEAR » Water Resistant Down
July 11, 5:26pm

Re: Re: Re: 4 g Esbit tablets
It would be interesting to hear from ESBIT why the larger tabs are individually packaged and the smaller ones are not. Is it simply that the larger ones are more susceptible to crumbling? Or is th...

In GEAR » stored ESBIT "odour"
July 03, 12:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Fishy Vapor
Agree, my experience that used tabs are more difficult to relight. My guess is that the crystals that form on the surface are partially reacted and that the surface of the tab is partially oxidize...

In GEAR » stored ESBIT "odour"
July 03, 12:46pm

Re: Re: Most any food has a carbon footprint
Data from a similar study for the UK that was recently released. Note: "Heavy meat eaters" eat more than 3.5 ounces of meat per day. "Medium meat eaters" eat between 1.7 an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question: Your Energy Lifestyle and Backpacking
July 03, 12:43pm

Re: RE: secrets out..."
I was sort of hiding my gear OCD from my wife, but not all that well. But when I started just carrying all our gear on the backpacking trips we took together, she quit complaining. She is not jus...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » secrets out...
July 02, 8:28pm

Re: Re: Esbit cleanup
My experience using Esbit for many years is that the residue is water soluble, and comes off easily with a little water and light scrubbing. I do it at camp after each cooking event. Takes 1 minute...

In Editor's Roundtable » Still My Favorite Cook Kit
June 30, 12:36am

Re: Holy Grail Spotted
I think that should be the new BPL tag line instead of "Pack less, be more." BACKPACKING LIGHT All threads, given time, drift to umbrellas.

In GEAR » What percentage of BPL gear posts do you think are "holy grail" related?
June 11, 5:57pm

Exofficio Ventr
I'm also a 30/30. Still searching for the perfect cooler weather pant. But for warmer weather the ExOfficio Ventr is my favorite. Sun and bug protection with minimal weight and sweat.

In GEAR » Suggestions for new hiking pants?
June 09, 5:28pm

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