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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: MYOG: Vacuum Fill method?
Thanks Sharon, The vacuum fill method involves a vacuum with hose, cardboard tube from a paper towel roll, and noseeum mesh. First I placed 2 layers of the mesh over the cardboard tube then I pushe...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag
June 13, 7:10am

Leash while hiking
Yes Jesse, I keep him on a leash while hiking with very little slack. For now he's stuck to my left side or behind me when theirs obstacles. Until I can completely trust him around people and w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dog + wet + cold
June 12, 7:27am

Much easier than I thought
I was in your same position a little over a month ago. I thought it would be the hardest part of the process but it was probably one of the easiest. I used the vacuum fill method with and completly...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag
June 12, 1:27am

Definitely useful but not sure if their more efficient
I use my poles in nordic mode for their fitness benifits and stability when trekking fast and stream crossings. I also have runners knee and trekking poles are someitmes the difference in me walkin...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trekking poles - All in the Head?
June 12, 12:41am

sleep system
I used my GG polycro ground sheet and 60" GG 3/8" thick thinlight pad. The polycro seems like tough stuff. Just wondering how you plan on joining the momentum to it? Sounds like a cool pr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
June 11, 9:17am

Like Ron said. It really is the perfect shelter for a dog and owner. I can't wait until next year when Oakley is ready for a pack and some mileage. PM me with your phone number whenever you sta...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
June 10, 1:37pm

playing then choking
Nobody is playing with the dog. This is just a distraction while training. Their are many distractions In a dogs life including kids playing with toys across a busy street. I'm not teaching th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking with dogs
June 10, 1:13pm

Quilt to bag
An ounce of fill should do it plus your extrashell material. buy 3 ounces and make a balaclava with the other 2. If it's permanetly closed you'll have a pretty specific bag. It's my onl...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
June 10, 2:29am

XP Horse blanket
Thats what I was going to try to make for Oakley when he's older. He did sleep under my quilt with me for 8 hours straight but when he's older that would never work. I put my wind jacket on...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dog + wet + cold
June 09, 3:53pm

I had planned on living in upstate NY when i got out of the NAVY but now I'm not sure. Washington Is such a cool state.

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 09, 11:46am

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