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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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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

Re: Re: Re: Why so little love for the Terra Nova Laser Ultra?
> More elbow room and head room increases the wind profile and adds weight. Take your pick. no weight adding with the skyscape-X or a couple of ounces for a SoloMid + Innernet which result in...

In GEAR » Why so little love for the Terra Nova Laser Ultra?
May 17, 8:41am

Re: Why so little love for the Terra Nova Laser Ultra?
the lack of headroom kept it (and a few other totherwise nice tents) off my list. When I am using a tent rather than a tarp or other hybrid shelter I am typically looking for a nice, worry free sp...

In GEAR » Why so little love for the Terra Nova Laser Ultra?
May 16, 12:49pm

Re: Hexamid?
I have the original (no beak) hexamid. If I was buying today, I would most likely get a beak. I did purchase a door, and it was invaluable in a couple of storms where the rain was being blown alm...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Tarp and bivy vs. hybrid tent debate 2013
May 11, 7:42pm

Re: Re: What's so great about the JMT?
Most of the comments here made me smile. My strait answer would have been pretty much what Paul said plus the observation made by Ken about it being close to the bay area. on the reasons to avo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 05, 5:45pm

Re: Inov-8 Trailroc 245 - sizing advise
Sizing of the Trailroc 245 seems to vary between people quite a bit. Depending on shoe manufacturer, I wear something between 10-11, normally 10.5 (Eur44). This is the size I wear with the TrailR...

In GEAR » Inov-8 Trailroc 245 - sizing advise
May 05, 8:47am

Re: Re: netting/condensation
the netting does break the wind more than you would expect... but I have had less issues with my hexamid that other shelters which had approx the same ventilation made from sol-nylon or spinnaker. ...

In GEAR » ZPacks Hexamid questions
May 04, 9:34pm

Re: Gear Recommendation: Hiking Pants for Hot Weather Summer
My mom likes her Royal Robbins Paseo Traveler Pant when hiking in the summer. REI and Ex Officio both make petite sizes. +1 on the arcteryx rampart pants if they fit. --mark

In GEAR » Gear Recommendation: Hiking Pants for Hot Weather Summer
May 04, 9:14pm

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