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Matthew Steingass (Steingass) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Washington
About Me I'm originally from PA and was interested in backpacking so I decided to buy "The Backpacker's Handbook" By Chris Townsend when I was 19. His book is how I first heard of lightweight backpacking. Three years later I joined the NAVY and was stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA. I did my first day hike up Marmot Pass in 2008 and was amazed. I had never seen anything like it before. That hike made me decide I had to have backpacking gear before the next season. This forum has helped me start out right with smart lightweight gear choices.
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All Forum Posts by Matthew Steingass

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back strap
I added a removable back strap for when it gets cold. It's not adjustable because it ony needs to fit me in cold weather and doesn't need to wrap around a sleeping pad. I got the micro buck...

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
June 07, 9:53pm

UL Creatures
Alvin

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
June 07, 9:27pm

your situation
Getting a dog depends a lot on your situation like others have allready said. I know first hand how much time a puppy takes because mine is 15 weeks old. He's a handful If you have a wif...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking with dogs
June 07, 8:48pm

The TP is gone
I guess I can do without the TP. I saw a video on youtube a while ago about craping in the wild. It was Actually pretty funny. I hope I don't get hemorrhoids or anything. Just kidding. More ...

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 07, 4:30pm

Great new advice and info
Thanks for the side trip suggestions Brian. Remote Alpine lakes are probably my favorite thing about backpacking. A thermometer and scale are high on my list of things to buy. I'd love to come ...

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 07, 3:04pm

Beginner needs gear list advice for solo PCT section hike
I'm new to backpacking but not to the outdoors and I've planned a solo 5 day trip from Stevens pass to Snoqualmie pass July 26th-30th. I know it's risky to go alone and with this little...

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 07, 11:05am

Revised gear list
I just took a lot of everyone's suggestions and added/removed some stuff. Thanks again for the help guys.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Beginner needs advice on solo PCT section hike
May 31, 4:13am

Re: New advice
Thats great info on the weather Mary. I knew about the snow, bugs, and flowers but had no clue that this was one of the best time periods for getting good weather. I hope I don't get some freak...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Beginner needs advice on solo PCT section hike
May 27, 6:22am

Re: Solo PCT hike
It's good to hear you don't think I'm jumping in too deep. I think I'll be fine alone but I'm guessing others think I should have a partner. Thanks for the info.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Beginner needs advice on solo PCT section hike
May 26, 5:21pm

Re: Punctuation
Yeah I know. I'm a slow typer to begin with and correct punctuation/capitalization makes it even worse. I'll try a little harder. I laughed a couple times over this one. It's so true.

In Make Your Own Gear » Thru-hiker quilt finished
May 24, 4:52pm

All Reader Reviews by Matthew Steingass

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Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
This was my first Icebreaker product and the quality of the wool convinced me to get their 140 tech T. Luckly mine fits me pretty well except the opeaning makes a slight tunnel when its up over your n...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
June 11, 9:40am

RAT Cutlery IZULA knife
Tough knife in a small light package. 2.8 oz with plastic sheath may be a little much for some but it's a fixed blade knife that can always be worn on your belt so at least it's not more base ...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 26, 6:37pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
These poles are perfect. It's hard to believe they were able to pack so many quality features into such a light pole. The grips are contoured just right and minimize length adjustment on trail if ...

In Trekking Poles
April 14, 7:00pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I set this up in my backyard expecting that it was fully enclosed. I was suprised when I saw the zippered door was more of a beak that stopped about 10 inches from the ground. My plan was to use it wi...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 14, 5:15pm