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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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Tarp questions
Thanks Gents- great info! I think I'll forego cat cut and trapezoids for the mean time and look at flat tarps. Sounds like 8x10 as a sure bet and possibly even 7x9. I'm going cuben with ...

In Philosophy & Technique » what size tarp negates use of bivy? and other interesting questions :)
July 08, 2:51pm

what size tarp negates use of bivy? and other interesting questions :)
I'm 6' tall and have used small tarps in the past (5x8-ish) and wouldn't consider using them w/o a bivy; at what size does a tarp comfortably negate a bivy for weather issues (bugs are ...

In Philosophy & Technique » what size tarp negates use of bivy? and other interesting questions :)
July 07, 7:24pm

nice work
Dave- nice work- thanks! My go to spoon is the REI plastic spoon, not overly long at 6.5", but light at 7 grams (.24 oz); looking at the spoons you posted guess volume close to 5.5 ml I...

In GEAR » Spoon Comparison
July 07, 6:34am

Re: Re: "natural" trail foods
Bob- some of those sound really good! mango and pineapple sound particularly good Doug- very generous! :) when/where are you coming through MT?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » need ideas- going "natural" on my long runs/hikes
July 06, 5:36pm

Re: "JMT speed record attempt"
best of luck! I'd also be interested in a gear list, your pack looks interesting :) I would definitely consider at least some protein during the day and most definitely at "night"...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT speed record attempt
July 06, 6:42am

Re: Re: Grace Solo
if you do any snow cave/trench camping- the eVENT bivy is really nice (I carry it in my winter daypack as well along w/ a half bag)- like any bivy your sleep system gets a 5-10 degree boost too ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » was looking for SUL options for a change up from my eVENT bivy
July 05, 8:45pm

Grace Solo
Richard- good to know; I think a tarp large enough to not need a bivy would be the best bet for saving weight. I like the idea of a tapered tarp- makes sense having the front half wider than the r...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » was looking for SUL options for a change up from my eVENT bivy
July 05, 7:28pm

"natural" trail foods
Doug- just missing the hot cakes! Travis- thanks, don't have a dehydrator, but looks like it might be time to invest in one :)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » need ideas- going "natural" on my long runs/hikes
July 05, 4:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: AT supported record attempt - Scott Jurek
I've seen several blog posts of runners meeting up with Scott at various points and spending an hour or two running with him; if he ever decides to do the CDT I think I would definitely make a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT supported record attempt - Scott Jurek
July 05, 10:52am

no free lunch
Ain't that the truth! :) I'll look into some of the shaped cuben shelters, if they are storm worthy enough to use w/o a bivy then it might be just what I'm looking for- a head net or...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » was looking for SUL options for a change up from my eVENT bivy
July 04, 7:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Petzl e+LITE
I thought I had added my review earlier on this lamp, but hadn't :) I've been very impressed w/ this diminutive lamp- if you're looking for a lamp for hours of night travel- this isn'...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 12:08pm

Black Diamond Carbon Cork
@ 16 oz (pair) these are certainly heavier than some of the UL offerings, but still relatively light the FlickLock is about as solid of a adjustment as I've seen for trekking poles- I'm sur...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 4:19pm

ULA Ohm
not sure why it's listed with the frameless packs, while not a robust frame- the carbon fiber/derlin frame is certainly a frame and definitely helps w/ the load capacity of this pack anywho- th...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 13, 5:17pm

Montrail Sabino Trail
My first pair are over a year old now w/ ~ 500 backpacking/trail running miles- there is some light fraying here and there, but overall are still in very good condition. I've never had a hot spot...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:23pm

Dirty Girl Gaiters
I'd probably go 4.5 just because of the needed velcro, but I like these enough I wanted to round up. They are breathable, they are light and they do a great job of keeping stuff out of your sho...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 10, 5:11pm

Osprey Talon 22
double post- whoops :)

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:26pm

Osprey Talon 22
The Talon is a very full featured pack, that carries like a dream (w/ reasonable loads). I use it for snowshoeing day trips and it swallows up the gear- shovel, bivy, down parka, etc I love the be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 03, 7:22pm

Wet Fire Fire Starting Tinder
I'm a little redundant w/ fire starting stuff (boy scout in me I guess)- the wetfire tinders are my "if I absolutely need to start a fire" tinder. they will even burn in water or on sno...

In Miscellaneous Products
December 14, 7:49pm

Smartwool Beanie
my Smartwool beanie makes into both my day pack and multi-day trips, light weight, warm, takes up almost no space- I don't go anywhere w/o it going on two years and it still looks/fits great

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 20, 8:47pm

Moosejaw the company
I've made numerous transaction with moosejaw and they have always been smooth and hassle free. their staff is knowledgable and they frequently have the best prices on gear I do have one smal...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 7:00pm