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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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New non-satellite tech A link to separate thread on a new communication device. Curious what more folks think.

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
July 17, 3:40pm

New communication device Interesting technology and design. No need for satellite connection, although very limited range. Not sure how it would fare in a canyon or deep valley. Also, I...

In GEAR » New communication device
July 17, 3:27pm

Re: Sleeping Bag
Not that it is not obvious, but the original post is sarcasm. Just in case someone is confused.

In GEAR » "Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag"
July 16, 3:45pm

"Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag" How innovative. I don't think anyone has thought of this before. Much less made a product like it.

In GEAR » "Haglöfs wins design award for sleeping bag"
July 16, 3:00pm

Re: Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
Whether or not you carry bear spray (I think it is fine not to, but my family insists when I go solo in the area), if you are going into real bear country I would recommend watching this video. Mos...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 14, 3:28pm

Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Bears
Agree. The only places I do carry bear spray are in the Bob and Alaska. We spent a month in the summer every year just outside the Bob visiting family and do as many nights backpacking in the a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 11, 5:38pm

Re: Re: Water Resistant Down
Patagonia made a big deal of its Encapsil treatment, which I understand to be a distinct (and better?) technology than all the other down treatments. But now I don't see any products or any ne...

In GEAR » Water Resistant Down
July 11, 5:26pm

Re: Re: Re: 4 g Esbit tablets
It would be interesting to hear from ESBIT why the larger tabs are individually packaged and the smaller ones are not. Is it simply that the larger ones are more susceptible to crumbling? Or is th...

In GEAR » stored ESBIT "odour"
July 03, 12:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Fishy Vapor
Agree, my experience that used tabs are more difficult to relight. My guess is that the crystals that form on the surface are partially reacted and that the surface of the tab is partially oxidize...

In GEAR » stored ESBIT "odour"
July 03, 12:46pm

Re: Re: Most any food has a carbon footprint
Data from a similar study for the UK that was recently released. Note: "Heavy meat eaters" eat more than 3.5 ounces of meat per day. "Medium meat eaters" eat between 1.7 an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question: Your Energy Lifestyle and Backpacking
July 03, 12:43pm

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