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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: road trip
David just described my dream road trip. Maybe when the kids are teenagers.... John (iceberglake), we are doing the full 93 mile circuit Wonderland 14-19 Sept. Got lucky with a permit lottery....

In Pre-Trip Planning » 2 months from DC to Seattle. What would you do?
June 14, 3:49pm

Re: 2 months from DC to Seattle. What would you do?
Congratulations on reaching escape velocity from the gravitational pull of the center of the universe, politically speaking. We just uprooted ourselves from DC after more than 15 years there and r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 2 months from DC to Seattle. What would you do?
June 13, 7:52pm

Re: Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4a: Gear Reviews
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the Hexamid Solo Plus and Twin have identical footprints. The difference is the rear pole to raise up the back of the tent and create more usable space for a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4a: Gear Reviews
June 12, 12:37am

Re: Drew said
My guess is a powerful variable in this debate is how each person packs their pack (i.e., weight distribution). Unless you are controlling for this factor and sampling across a range of body types...

In GEAR » Sub - 2lbs lightweight internal frame pack -- need market update
June 10, 1:46pm

Re: Custom Vireo
Ed, I am looking forward to checking out your new bag on the Wonderland. It sounds like it might be what I am looking for as well. And I really like the idea of being able to go to the FF shop ...

In GEAR » Custom 20 oz Feathered Friends Vireo with 6"+ loft.
June 07, 10:14pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Apples and Oranges
I must be a tough audience, because rarely do I find posts to be funny (even when they attempt to be). But Ian, you got a laugh out of me. Nicely put. +1

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
June 07, 5:39pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Ordered mine
I talked to Joe at ZPacks and am ordering Cuben seam tape and going to tape mine myself. He said it should take about 6 of the strips he sells and that you just need to put the bag inside out afte...

In GEAR » zpacks Arc Blast vs Blast? New packs?
June 07, 3:05pm

Re: Arc Blast questions
I have the previous Arc Blast version. And really like it. Although the hip belt rubs a little, but I am skinny with bony hips, so many packs do this to me. Roll top is definitely better for secu...

In GEAR » Arc Blast
June 07, 1:37pm

Re: Charlies Soap
Greg, Thanks. It would be great to know, though, why we need to shell out the bucks even for down. It would be great to see these companies making down wash products justify why you really need...

In GEAR » Soap for washing DWR and technical wear
June 06, 5:40pm

Re: Penguin Sport-Wash
ah, many thanks. i see there are lots of other brands out there as well, now that I've actually looked. Win Detergent, Atsko Sport Wash, Sport Suds Detergent, etc. Much cheaper. Anyone ha...

In GEAR » Soap for washing DWR and technical wear
June 06, 2:58pm

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