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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
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My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Re: People over-react and under-react to potential dangers
Slightly off track, but just read this today and though people on thread might find this interesting. Study looking at Hikers in Whites and the Ten Essentials. --mark

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 29, 8:44am

Re: Considering external frame
I have friends who still love / use their A16 external frames that were made in the 1970s even though all the rest of their gear has gone ultralight. They love the ventilation, the carry comfort, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Considering external frame
May 28, 10:10pm

Re: Sell old gear?
> But they are my friends...We have a history... Maybe give them to someone you have checked out very well I think of the movie Toy Stories III. The toys loved Andy, but more than anything ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How long do you hold on to extra gear you don't really use?
May 24, 9:31am

Re: Patagonia Houdini - wrist cuffs
I also found the wrist cuffs for the 2012 to loose. I was going to alter it, but after losing a bunch of weight there were other sizing issues so I sold it. I tried the 2013 Houdini... cuffs stil...

In GEAR » Patagonia Houdini - wrist cuffs
May 23, 11:41pm

Re: tee
> I have the lightweight Nike shirt that runs 3.7 oz hmm... we must have different body chemistry or maybe I just too sensitive. I can get maybe 2 days with my Nike running shirt before my ...

In GEAR » Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat
May 23, 11:37pm

Re: How long do you hold on to extra gear you don't really use?
My rule of thumb is that if I haven't used something in a year, and don't have a specific plan to use item in the next year then I will either put it in my "for others" box, given...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How long do you hold on to extra gear you don't really use?
May 23, 11:33pm

Re: Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat
First questions... are you sure you shirt is 150 g/m2 and what color is it? I ask because my 150 g/m2 is as light (weight wise) as any of my synthetic tech-tees, and I find it almost as cool wear...

In GEAR » Lightest truly low-odor synthetic tee for summer heat
May 23, 9:08am

Inov-8 TrailRoc 150
A few years ago I posted that I was using a somewhat minimal Inov-8 Flyroc 310. In the last year I have tried several pairs of the TrailRoc line, finally settling in one the most minimalist, the T...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 21, 5:36pm

Re: Re: stakes suitable for very, very hard compacted dirt surface.
anything you can pound works :) At one time or another I have tries most of the stakes mentioned here: multiple Vargo Ti Nail, 1 Vargo Nail to "drive" and Ti Hooks to go into the hole I ...

In GEAR » stakes suitable for very, very -hard compacted dirt surface.
May 20, 6:47am

Re: Ibex Hooded Indie or Capilene 4 Expedition Weight 1/4 Zip Hooded Top
my comparison of key attributes: patagonia capilene 4: warmer if wind blocked cooler wearing if in wind without protection dries quicker than wool unlike most synthetics... doesn't get c...

In GEAR » Ibex Hooded Indie or Capilene 4 Expedition Weight 1/4 Zip Hooded Top
May 18, 10:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am