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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: bag
i'm excluding stuff sack weight. it comes with overweight compression sack, at least the older version it.

In GEAR » Stoic Bags?
August 08, 6:16pm

Re: Re: 1 lb 6oz??
Yep, finding weights for Stoic bags is like solving a mystery. I have the older 30deg bag with the half center zip. Ended up weighing just under 24oz. So they have added more than 5oz without ad...

In GEAR » Stoic Bags?
August 08, 5:52pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Burning Esbit on the ground
esbit partially liquefies as you burn it. and the liquid still burns. so if you burn it on the ground you will incompletely consume the fuel and waste a good portion of it. Plus you will do damag...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » 22 Gram Esbit Kit
July 22, 7:29pm

Re: Re: Xtreme rod (and super secret winter stove technique)
I'd be a little worried of the CO output of this setup.

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
July 18, 1:33am

ExOfficio Ventr pants
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the ExOfficio Ventr pants. Very light and similar to the Railrider boneflats. I found the latter to fit like a trash bag. Too baggy on me. But the Ventr fit ...

In GEAR » Pants or no pants for those who run HOT
July 15, 5:49am

Re: Re: Re: The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
No worries. Although that does not mean the minimum operating temperature is 184C? More importantly, I'm at least waiting eagerly for the final installment and where to click purchase. I t...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
July 09, 4:23pm

Re: Re: Pepper Spray lacking when wolf attacking
Wolf attacks are pretty darn rare. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_attacks_on_humans If you are to be rational, probably one of your least likely causes of injury or death in the backcountry.

In GEAR » Pepper Spray lacking when wolf attacking
July 09, 3:45pm

Re: The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
Actually, I think it might be a typo. -184 C should equal -299.2 F or if you meant -363 F then that equals -219.4 C

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
July 09, 3:20pm

Re: Re: Arc Blast questions
Quick report back on the DIY taping. Just finished taping the inside of my Arc Blast with cuben tape supplied by ZPacks. All went well. It took 4 and 1/3 of the 1 inch cuben tape strips that...

In GEAR » Arc Blast
July 08, 11:32pm

Re: bear spray AND gun used in bear encounter
I've seen a number of similar bear encounter discussions here on BPL. A lot of anecdotal stories and claims. I'm no expert, but here is what I have found is a good thorough and digestible...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear spray AND gun used in bear encounter
July 08, 11:15pm

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