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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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All is good
The arcblast fits great for skinny folks. I fit that description and have used one on many trips with total satisfaction. And joe the designer is also a pretty skinny guy.

In GEAR » Zpacks ARC blast-does it work with Skinny folk?
April 13, 2:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
I've stayed out of this discussion, as the focus seemed to be far from minimalist footwear. I hike in Vivos (Breatho Trail, although now the new model is called Trail Freak). All I can say is t...

In GEAR » Trail Runner Recommendations: generous toe box, midfoot not too narrow, preferably low drop, good cushion and grip
April 10, 11:25am

Re: Re: Custom 10x7 Cuben Tarp.
I have on order a 10.5' x 7 zpacks flat tarp my self. kept it simple. standard edge tie outs, but added one just like todd described. on the ridgeline a couple feet in from the end so that yo...

In GEAR » Custom 10x7 Cuben Tarp.
March 26, 3:11pm

New Prolite video on wind shirts I thought this was great. And it up'ed my opinion some of the new Houdini fabric. I'm digging it in the Nine Trai...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
March 25, 1:42pm

Re: More thanks!
A few thoughts. on the dead man anchors. best to give the snow time to consolidate and harden before putting tension on lines. the video did not seem to mention this important point. on the...

In Winter Hiking » Extending my 3-season gear for snow camping
March 20, 5:18pm

MLD quilt
PM sent on MLD quilt

In Gear Swap » FS: EE quilt, Golite, MLD, MSR, Gossamer Gear
March 20, 3:27pm

Re: Simblissity?
I've tried the levegaiters with minimalist shoes and was not a fan. Also used the Mt hardwear gaiters. Favorites are definitely Dirty Girls with minimalist shoes.

In GEAR » Minimalist/barefoot shoes and gaiters
March 19, 12:19pm

Happy feet
Vivobarefoot Breatho trail shoes because my feet get happy just at the thought of getting to play in them on the trail.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 17, 8:25pm

Re: New Vivo's
I'm now on my third pair of Breathos. Love them after 100s of miles. They do wear out too quickly, but still love them. I have not tried the Freak's yet, but have been anticipating them s...

In GEAR » new vivobarefoot shoes
March 14, 3:43pm

Re: cheap but good tents
Funny Robert. I have that same Eureka Timberline tent, purchased in 1986. Still use it for car camping with the family. And believe it or not, I used to backpack with it as a kid, although we wou...

In GEAR » Cheap Tents: Philosophy, Review, and Raw Emotion
March 13, 5:36pm

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