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Matthew Steingass (Steingass) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Washington
About Me I'm originally from PA and was interested in backpacking so I decided to buy "The Backpacker's Handbook" By Chris Townsend when I was 19. His book is how I first heard of lightweight backpacking. Three years later I joined the NAVY and was stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA. I did my first day hike up Marmot Pass in 2008 and was amazed. I had never seen anything like it before. That hike made me decide I had to have backpacking gear before the next season. This forum has helped me start out right with smart lightweight gear choices.
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All Forum Posts by Matthew Steingass

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Re: Re: Shelter for exposed conditions
I know really. I thought he was going to try to get in the DuoMid with me.

In GEAR » Shelter for exposed conditions
June 17, 1:44pm

re: RE: "My first UL solo overnighter"
Thanks Kendall. I see your from Southern California. I'm getting stationed in Camp Pendleton this December so I'll have to get some trip suggestions from you when the time comes.

In Post-Trip Reports » My first UL solo overnighter
June 17, 1:22pm

Re: Shelter for exposed conditions
I second the MLD DuoMid. I plan on using a bug cape tied up high inside for bug protection. Ron might be able to make a custom length for you since you may need it. The space is nice to have in the...

In GEAR » Shelter for exposed conditions
June 17, 12:09pm

more quilt pics
From my trip report

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
June 17, 10:01am

My first UL solo overnighter
Thanks guys. Nope no peanut m&m's just some trail mix with fruit added. LOL. I guess it is a lot of goat pics. Photos never do wide open areas justice but throw a mountain goat in their ...

In Post-Trip Reports » My first UL solo overnighter
June 17, 9:27am

Back from first solo UL trip, No snow.
I planned on trying to sleep directly on the snow with just a 3/8 thinlight at 6800 feet on buckhorn ridge with the option to bail but was surprised to see it was snow free. I think the big differe...

In GEAR » GG 3/8" thinlight on snow
June 17, 3:49am

Re: Re: My first UL solo overnighter
Thanks Ashley. Here's the thread to the quilt in case you haven't seen it yet.

In Post-Trip Reports » My first UL solo overnighter
June 17, 3:30am

My first UL solo overnighter
This was my first solo trip and first UL trip. I didn't have much daylight because I work nights so I chose a short trip. I got really lucky and had a great time. Marmot Pass/Buckhorn Mounta...

In Post-Trip Reports » My first UL solo overnighter
June 17, 2:38am

Too cold
Thanks guys, I figured it would be too cold. I just thought snow couldn't be colder than 32 degrees when the nightly low hasn't been below freezing. I do realize that snow is a solid so th...

In GEAR » GG 3/8" thinlight on snow
June 14, 5:03pm

GG 3/8" thinlight on snow
All I have for a sleep pad right now is the thinlight. Is 32 degree snow much different than 35 degree ground to sleep on. I've used it down to 40 degrees with thermals socks and a balaclava an...

In GEAR » GG 3/8" thinlight on snow
June 14, 7:24am

All Reader Reviews by Matthew Steingass

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Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
This was my first Icebreaker product and the quality of the wool convinced me to get their 140 tech T. Luckly mine fits me pretty well except the opeaning makes a slight tunnel when its up over your n...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
June 11, 9:40am

RAT Cutlery IZULA knife
Tough knife in a small light package. 2.8 oz with plastic sheath may be a little much for some but it's a fixed blade knife that can always be worn on your belt so at least it's not more base ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 26, 6:37pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
These poles are perfect. It's hard to believe they were able to pack so many quality features into such a light pole. The grips are contoured just right and minimize length adjustment on trail if ...

In Trekking Poles
April 14, 7:00pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I set this up in my backyard expecting that it was fully enclosed. I was suprised when I saw the zippered door was more of a beak that stopped about 10 inches from the ground. My plan was to use it wi...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 14, 5:15pm