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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.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Sierra Cup
+1 to Chris' comment: Designed to be able to make all hot drinks Cold and still have the ability to burn your face when you try to have a drink. When I started backpacking in the 1970s we...

In GEAR » Sierra Cup
September 29, 10:22pm

Re: "looking for down booties with..."
yes, they are a like the feathered friend and the western mountaineering booties. Would have liked something a bit lower, but ok. Yes, there is a bit of slipping around on the inside... I am abou...

In GEAR » looking for down booties with...
August 20, 4:15pm

Re: looking for down booties with...
The answer I found was goosefeet gear's down socks with overfill (3oz) combined with the waterproof over booties with toughtek soles (5oz). While the website doesn't indicate it yet, Ben ...

In GEAR » looking for down booties with...
August 20, 3:48pm

Re: Re: Attention all who carry iPhones while backpacking: critical info RE iPhone 5
While not great I do use Gaia. It's the best GPS app I have used on the iPhone -1 iTopoMaps... clunkly, scanned maps seem often misaligned Wind Meter... I have found it to be surprisingly cl...

In GEAR » Attention all who carry iPhones while backpacking: critical info RE iPhone 5
August 20, 8:47am

Re: Spots to Backpack around the SF Bay?
if you want lots of trees, henry coe isn't the best. there are a variety of options in the santa cruz hills, or down in ventana wilderness. I won't unconditionally warn you away from Syke...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Spots to Backpack around the SF Bay?
August 20, 8:29am

PIF: Inov-8 Trailroc 245, size 10.5
I have an almost new pair of Trailroc 245 (the original blue color), size 10.5, EU 44 which I am not using... I switched to more minimalist shoes / sandals. Free if you are in the bay area and w...

In Gear Swap » PIF: Inov-8 Trailroc 245, size 10.5
August 12, 12:56pm

Re: Looking For New 3 Season Shelter
Duomod and Notch are both nice. I would also look at the Six Moon Designs Trekker. --mark

In GEAR » Looking For New 3 Season Shelter
August 12, 12:50pm

Re: re
Given the wool shirt and wind shirt (which is a bit more air permeable than many wind shirts) I don't see a big use for the soft shell. I think soft shells are useful when you want a bit more ...

In GEAR » How Useful is Softshell? Do You Use It?
August 11, 3:48pm

looking for down booties with...
I am looking for an updated down bootie. What I would like is: low rise or slipper height water resistant down (or primaloft) insulation bottom with some traction (better than just plain cor...

In GEAR » looking for down booties with...
August 07, 4:58pm

Re: Re: best two way sat communicator?
Over the last year I have rented a number of the devices and tried them out. If two way text messages with fairly long latency (10-15 minutes) is adequate, and you would like to use it in the back...

In GEAR » best two way sat communicator?
August 07, 4:45pm

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