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Steve Meier (smeier) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me I am in my late-40's and really got interested in backpacking about 10 years ago as a way to have some concentrated time with my boys, now all finishing up high school or in college. I try to get out a few times a year, including a bi-annual trip to Colorado for some of the big stuff. Otherwise I am stuck in the very boring midwest where everything exciting is a good day's drive away.
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Exped UL Synmat 7 L/W
I'll take it. PM coming.

In Gear Swap » Love trumps Gear: Exped Pads, FMJ Stakes, OR drybags, BD Poles, TNF Duffel, More
February 07, 3:49pm

Look to WV
Hi Nick, welcome to Indy. For the tradeoff of a very low cost of living and safe living, you'll need to drive a good bit to good hiking and whitewater. I did some rafting in the Carolinas whic...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Weekend Whitewater Rafting Destinations <10hr drive from Indianapolis?
February 06, 9:59am

Great gear
I suspect that's because few here take a quilt down to the rated 5 degrees, but I may be wrong. I have their Palisades and absolutely love it. Very good loft and construction. Worth every pe...

In GEAR » Katabaticgear Grenadier
February 05, 4:38pm

ULA S harness is awesome!
I have the same problem you do, with shoulder harnesses digging into my neck. I have a bunch of Osprey packs which are problematic and Gossamer Gear shoulder straps were even worse. I went with t...

In GEAR » Shoulder harness designs, Osprey doesn't work for me
February 01, 2:55pm

Hammock set up: 4.4 lbs, $1200
Grand Trunk Nano 7 hammock w/whoopie slings and tree straps: 10.4 oz, $80 Virga Gear Wraith cuben tarp: 5.8 oz, $275 (don't really remember) Te-Wa Breeze underquilt: 10.5 oz, $135 Katabatic ...

In GEAR » What's your big four weigh/cost? Me- 2 lbs 8.4 oz/$773
January 19, 9:59pm

Very flimsy
I like Osprey packs for the most part (I have a lot of them) and bought a Hornet last year, via the internet. It had the flimsiest support I've ever seen on an Osprey and promptly returned it ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Osprey Hornet 46 (L)
January 17, 1:00pm

Very tight for two
I have the BA FC Platinum UL 2 and I would never use it for two people, and especially two tall people. I use it to solo hike and I'm not sure it is worth the very high price. The materials a...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Fly Creek Platinum UL2... Best tent for 2 doing 200 miles on PCT in SoCal?
January 15, 4:05pm

I have both
I have both the Exos and the Circuit. I find the Circuit's hip belt and suspension to be more comfortable if carrying over 20 lbs than the Exos. The Exos is typical Osprey--good looking and l...

In GEAR » 2014 Osprey Exos 48
January 14, 6:41pm

Your Montbell should be fine
I just returned from climbing Kilimanjaro in September and I used a Montbell UL down jacket and was fine. I still had my Precip rain jacket to add if I needed to get warmer but I was warm without ...

In GEAR » Down Jacket for Kilimanjaro
December 27, 9:04am

Devon, great list. For two more ounces you can get the regular sized Hexamid for two people over the solo one. You'll get more use of it in the future as you hike with others and you'll a...

In Gear Lists » First time hiker going straight for an AT thru hike.
December 26, 12:10pm

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