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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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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Another base layer/sleep clothing discussion
Unless you are doing a thru hike, I won't worry so much about protecting the bag. Provided you clean yourself up before going to bed (a quick bandana bath) it takes a lot of nights before the ...

In GEAR » Another base layer/sleep clothing discussion
June 28, 9:55am

Re: Ruta Locura
I would bet that it's a eQ in a custom color. I would rather it in a bright color to find it. The eQ is decent for a coin battery flashlight. The reflector / lens gives it a longer throw than...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » headlamp
June 25, 7:37am

Re: RAB Vapour Rise compared to light fleece + windshirt?
Over the last 10 years I have switched back and forth between Vapour Rise (or other combo jacket) and a separate fleece or heavy base and windshirt. I really liked the Vapour Rise and am very fond...

In GEAR » RAB Vapour Rise compared to light fleece + windshirt?
June 24, 11:43pm

Re: headlamp
My recommendation for a truly SUL headlamp would be the eQ. Personally, I would rather carry a headlamp which is a few ounces provided it had good regulation, produces a LOT more light on high for...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » headlamp
June 24, 11:29pm

Re: Trail running shoes in Winter
I have tried a variety of minimalist options in the winter. Most frequently I am wearing light trail runners (1/2 size larger than normal, with screws driven into the lugs). I wear toe sock liner ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trail running shoes in Winter
June 21, 8:12pm

Re: light packs with frames
Personally, a number of the packs mentioned I won't want to use over around 25lb. The suspension starts to degrade above that. As you say... you could put up with if for a couple of days as y...

In GEAR » What's your light or UL internal FRAMED pack?
June 01, 10:42pm

Re: What's your light or UL internal FRAMED pack?
I am using the 46L Gossamer Gear Gorilla with stays and a foam sit pad as a frame sheet ... love it. --Mark

In GEAR » What's your light or UL internal FRAMED pack?
June 01, 3:05pm

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

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