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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: forum reorganization suggestions.
I agree in most part with these suggestions to condense. I think the biggest win for me personally, as others have wisely suggest, would be a simple link to "Recent Threads". I'm n...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » forum reorganization suggestions.
January 29, 6:04am

Re: My first pack!
Wow, you did a great job with this one. But be careful that he doesn't get the myog bug, too, and start hogging your sewing machine :) -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
January 27, 7:51pm

Re: Sleeping Bag Questions
Sleeping bags are one of the few gear choices where extra $ can really pay off with few, if any, drawbacks. If you can find it in your budget to stretch even to $200-250 down bags, and keep an eye ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag Questions
January 03, 4:44pm

Re: start date
First: great, great list. Ditto the best move would be a switch to a lighter pack if you can/desire. An easy savings of 2 lbs; food opportunities are frequent, and I think you'll find your pack...

In Gear Lists » AT Thru-Hike, 2009
January 03, 10:19am

Re: quick question on storing cocoon jackets
If you're storing it long-term in between hikes, definitely store it as loosely as possible, on a hanger maybe or loosely on a shelf or in a drawer. If you're storing it during the day w...

In Philosophy & Technique » quick question on storing cocoon jackets
January 02, 8:29am

Re: Down collapse in high humidity
In my experience, the loss of loft from humidity isn't that significant from spring thru fall. Certainly manageable for weekend or week-long trips. If you can keep it dry from rain during the d...

In GEAR » Down collapse in high humidity
January 01, 8:40pm

Re: Bivy in a tarptent ?
I just did this last night. The wind blocking is a very nice benefit. For me it's also an economic choice, thinking about my gear as a system. In the mostly warm-ish Georgia mountains, I get...

In GEAR » Bivy in a tarptent ?
January 01, 8:28pm

Re: "New Cooking System Prototype"
Don't forget your windscreen! :) This is a pretty common, pretty reliable set-up. It may take some fiddling to get a proper distance from flame to pot, but when it comes to DIY, the fiddling is...

In Make Your Own Gear » New Cooking System Prototype
December 26, 5:09pm

Re: Nubuck leather vs smooth leater in trekking and hiking boots
This looks like spam, too. -Mark

In GEAR » Nubuck leather vs smooth leater in trekking and hiking boots
December 26, 5:06pm

Re: Vibram soles in trekking boots
Looks like spam to me. -Mark

In GEAR » Vibram soles in trekking boots
December 26, 5:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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Headsweats Race Cap
A very nice baseball-style cap at 1.7oz. This cap has a nice head-hugging feel. The terry Coolmax headband has remained soft and plush and doesn't seem to ever get saturated. You can really crank down...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 04, 2:18am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
After a bit over 1000 miles without incident. I agree with all comments above. These poles are very comfortable, very light, and an excellent value. -Mark

In Trekking Poles
October 23, 7:10am

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
At first blush, I don't feel that the author takes a strong stand on some points, which I think could leave the reader a bit lost. I was surprised to see that some basic and popular UL advances only r...

In Books and Media
September 08, 1:53am

Montbell Thermawrap Vest
No frills, just warmth. Not even much style, but it gets the job done. Other bonuses include snug armpit openings and a well-sized comfortable collar.

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 02, 8:58pm

Jim Wood SuperCat
Haven't found anything lighter, simpler, or easier to make. For basic cleaning and hole-punching skills, you get a .2oz stove that provides its own stand. Primes very quickly, and the large burner hol...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 02, 8:50pm

Vargo Triad
Nice concept, overdone. No need for a separate stand, which is cool. Kind of a pain to fill due to the small holes. I think it's a bit fussy when it's burning. Also weighs 5x more than my current stov...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 02, 8:46pm

Golite Jam
As I've mentioned elsewhere, this pack can do a lot for me, from long trail runs to week-long trips. I love the sizing & dimensions. I would like a version with a lighter fabric and some compression o...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 02, 8:26pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
Every hiker should at least read through this book, if not own it. Ray earns 5 stars for tackling every major issue a backcountry traveler faces with an enlightened and positive attitude. He also make...

In Books and Media
August 02, 8:17pm