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Mark Larson (mlarson) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southeast USA
About Me Lifelong student and nerd in general, currently working on the web. I have a bias for higher mileage and longer days on the trail. Most of my hikes are on the border of SUL & UL; I still weigh everything, but pretty much stopped using spreadsheets. I read all the time, blog less, and run a good bit.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Re: Good Alcohol Carrier?
If the Nipper is really discontinued, I'd go with the .5L Platypus Sport. Double the capacity of the Nipper, but only about .1oz more. The clincher is that it's soft-sided, so alcohol won&#...

In GEAR » Good Alcohol Carrier?
January 05, 1:44pm

I'm going to do my first marathon this spring; right now I'm shopping around for a good one. (The Atlanta Marathon course is reeeaaaaaaally boring.) I'd also like to try some trail race...

January 05, 1:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
Looks like I good start, but I think you could expand the temperature range a bit in both directions. I spent about a month on the AT from Springer to mid-VA, from late May to late June. My suggest...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 05, 1:35pm

FS: Backpacking books...
I have some backpacking print materials for your reading pleasure. I've been through them all multiple times, and I'm ready to pass them along. I tend to be very careful with my books, and the ones...

In Gear Swap » FS: Backpacking books...
November 24, 10:14am

Re: H20 location in pack - front, side or rear?
I almost always keep a 1.8 or 2L Platypus in the side pocket (Jam or Dawn). It's usually balanced with some snacks-at-hand on the other side. Sometimes, yes, the water side is heavier, but it usual...

In GEAR » H20 location in pack - front, side or rear?
November 24, 9:44am

Re: golite jam modifications
You can definitely do some good trimming with the Jam. My modifications: -Trimmed 6" from each hipbelt adjustment strap. I'm kind of skinny. -Trimmed 6" from each shoulder adjustment strap. -...

In GEAR » golite jam modifications
November 24, 9:39am

Learning Knots
Phew. I've been away for a while, and just finally caught up on the ~400 posts in my absence. The other day I stumbled across this website which shows short animated clips of how to tie all kinds o...

In Philosophy & Technique » Learning Knots
October 31, 8:21am

Re: GoLite Hex 3 SAGE Pics?
Just to chime in, I believe the darker green on the BPLUK website is the current color. It matched my GoLite Lair. Wade's bright and cheery green came from earlier years, I think. -Mark

In GEAR » GoLite Hex 3 SAGE Pics?
October 12, 9:21pm

Re: Double Rainbow in the Wind
Thanks Martin! Those are some great photos. Wow--55mph. Glad to hear this was an intentional stress test, and not a situation where you got stuck in a bad position unexpectedly. -Mark

In GEAR » Double Rainbow in the Wind
October 06, 6:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Double Rainbow in the Wind
Great comments from all. I agree that our tarp-tent recommendations can sometimes be reflexively enthusiastic, without always providing the proper caveats. Miguel, have you heard any more specif...

In GEAR » Double Rainbow in the Wind
October 04, 8:27am

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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GoLite Virga
Used this one on the AT this summer. My particular model has 1 large pocket on the right-hand side. I accidentally purchased a Small @ 8.1oz, but it ended up working out just fine for size [5'11, ...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 18, 8:18am

Montrail Masai
I like the Masai quite a bit. They don't wear as well as many other shoes. The toe rubber and seams started to flake out around the 300-mile mark, but surprisingly the fabric itself showed very li...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 01, 10:26am

Gossamer Gear Miniposa
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam. I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 14, 9:29am

Inov8 Flyroc 310
The Flyrocs are quite good. The deep-lugged soles make for excellent grip. I like that the heel isn't significantly raised, so you the shoes feel nice and close to the ground. The open mesh lets some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 02, 9:07am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
This pot has great dimensions. Wide base, but not too shallow. Also wide enough to fit a trimmed spoon inside with my entire kitchen, and still close completely. I like the volume for meals on long-te...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 16, 11:19am

Gatorade Bottle
I'll put a plug in the for the Gatorade Endurance bottles in particular. They are a little more narrow and taller than the standard squatty bottles, so they fit more easily in side pockets. 1L/34oz ca...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 04, 3:05am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
This shoe is almost brilliant. I love the mesh, and the thin tongue is very comfortable. The footbed is probably the most supportive and comfortable I've ever used--no sore spots or aches. My bones an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 04, 3:00am

U.S. Department of Defense MRE Spoon
Meals-ready-to-eat come with great spoons, and some food, too. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is or where to find them commercially. The spoons have a generous length, long to reach the bottom o...

In Cookware - Other
November 04, 2:49am

Montane Featherlite
A great, great windshirt, and I've been really surprised by its inclement weather performance. I've been on brief runs [20-40 minutes] in the rain with the Featherlite. While it eventually wets out an...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:40am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
This is a review of the non-extended version, which I've really grown to like. Just a bit over 7oz, about 7.75 feet long, and a bargain at $40-50. I have had no problems with durability; snags on tree...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 04, 2:29am