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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
there have been a few trips I did the leave "real" rain gear at home, and either brought a $1 plastic emergency poncho or nothing (when the weather was reliability warm... which is not th...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 23, 10:07am

Re: Sawyer Squeeze "grafity filter" bag recommendations
My system with a group is that I have a Platypus BigZip 3L which I use during the day with only clean water and for topping off things during the hike we use the provide sawyer's squeeze bottle...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze "grafity filter" bag recommendations
July 19, 2:33pm

Re: Ventana & Salmon Creek
I did a quick trip in and out of sykes last friday afternoon/sat morning. There were a moderate number of mosquitoes late afternoon in Redwood camp, and some a Sykes before / around dusk, but no p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recommended 1-2 night hike in the Big Sur area
July 17, 10:06pm

Re: DeLorme Battery life?
I picked up a InReach SE to give the family piece of mind. As others have commented, with tracking turned on (for me it was every 10 minutes) the unit was down to 75% after a day. Leaving the ...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
July 14, 8:20pm

Re: Longer lasting alternative to Vivobarefoot Breatho? Traction a must.
just 75 miles? Never had a shoe that would die so quickly. Have you tried a second pair to verify that it wasn't a one time issue. I would be tempted to send vivo a physical note indicating y...

In GEAR » Longer lasting alternative to Vivobarefoot Breatho? Traction a must.
July 14, 10:25am

Re: Pants or no pants for those who run HOT
I go back and forth on this exact issue. For pants: ArcTeryx Rampart (uses the same fabric as Mesa pants) are the coolest pants I have worn. I have heard good things about Rail Rider Eco Mesh p...

In GEAR » Pants or no pants for those who run HOT
July 07, 12:43pm

Re: Start from scratch hypothetical gear shopping
I would pretty much replace everything in my three season backpacking gear list. If it was available, I would swap bivy/hexamid to six moon design skyscape-x. I would swap my Stoic UL Down Pull...

In GEAR » Start from scratch hypothetical gear shopping
July 05, 1:29pm

Re: Going from overnighter to long distance
+1 to most of Harald's comments. My list is similar Be prepared for more variable weather. In many locations, be prepared (equipment and mentally) for multiple days of rain and figure out...

In GEAR » Going from overnighter to long distance
July 05, 12:54pm

Re: Another base layer/sleep clothing discussion
Unless you are doing a thru hike, I won't worry so much about protecting the bag. Provided you clean yourself up before going to bed (a quick bandana bath) it takes a lot of nights before the ...

In GEAR » Another base layer/sleep clothing discussion
June 28, 9:55am

Re: Ruta Locura
I would bet that it's a eQ in a custom color. I would rather it in a bright color to find it. The eQ is decent for a coin battery flashlight. The reflector / lens gives it a longer throw than...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » headlamp
June 25, 7:37am

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am