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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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high elevation snow
as Dave mentioned somewhere earlier, snow pack is down, but moisture content is near normal and what I'm seeing is high elevation snow hanging on pretty well thus far- low to mid elevation snow...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 20, 7:04pm

Re: scout fire
don't have a carbide light, but do have a UCO candle holder- I wonder if the heat would be sufficient, the cover would make it safer certainly (albeit add a little weight)

In Philosophy & Technique » modern take on Scout fire and question on vapor barrier
April 19, 3:02pm

Richard- thanks- that gives perfectly w/ my experience I've been eyeballing the Piton, but have yet to pull the trigger as a base and/or mid layer w/ a windshirt works so well

In GEAR » Confusing info about Cap 4 vs R1
April 17, 7:05am

wondering what they were smoking?
the fabrics are similar (Polartec Powerdry), but the weight of the fabric is very different- the R1 uses a 6.8 oz/yd material, the Cap 4 uses a 3.8 oz/yd material; the R1 is without any shadow of a...

In GEAR » Confusing info about Cap 4 vs R1
April 16, 7:58pm

Re: Re: measured loft
Aaron- ouch! the loft in the chart has worked pretty well for me, but it's just a rough guide, nothing in stone for sure- too many variables, the individual being one the biggest

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 15, 7:01am

mad sewing skills! nice work :) I have an Exped 60 as well, wonderful pack- I wish it weighed a little less-mine weighs 40 oz on the button (like everything we pack), but there isn't much...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Fabric Selection
April 14, 8:01pm

measured loft
bags typically use both top and bottom for their measurement, quilts are typically measured w/ just one side (top) I use this as a rough guide, (just halve the measured loft w/ a bag)

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 14, 6:40pm

Re: Re: inverted V
I sold my Duomid (along w/ the pole jacks), I believe they were 5-6"- used them in conjunction w/ BD Alpine Carbon Corks fully extended the inverted V was definitely superior w/ poor weathe...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 14, 5:40pm

forgot to update this thread, spent a cool night out (upper 20's) in a debris shelter covered w/ snow using my half bag and parka (OR Transcendent), bivy and short pad (in conjunction w/ natura...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
April 14, 5:35pm

Re: Re
Owen is correct, it's definitely individual, but for me it's a legitimate 20 degree quilt w/ base layers on the footbox, an open footbox is nice in warm weather, but I want my quilt to p...

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 14, 5:27pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Bent Gate Moutaineering Customer Service
purchased a MB UL jacket for my wife (using paypal)- they had a good sale going on and had never purchased from them before so I thought I'd give it a go. after purchasing the jacket I get a ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 30, 6:54pm

Marmot Hydrogen (2004 model)
first this is a 2009 model as the above poster I had WM Summerlite, great bag, just too tight for me. The Hydrogen is more roomy for myself (6' 190#). I find the 30 rating to be very accurate...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
September 30, 5:57pm

Golite Ion
discontinued now, but rumored to make a comeback- we'll see. great little pack, for a great little price. if you pack light and efficiently (and maybe some slight modding) this makes for a nic...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 18, 4:01pm

Patagonia R1 Balaclava
this has replaced my fleece hat- for the same weight I get a lot more warmth and flexibility- I can wear as a balaclava when I really need warmth, I can roll it up and use as a hat when I need less. ...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
September 11, 8:27pm

Clif Bar Mojo Bars
I really like Mojo bars, they taste great and provide pretty good calories for their weight, they also hold up well in the heat- basically trail mix in a bar- my wife also gives them two thumbs up as ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
August 25, 7:43pm

I've not found a better tasting instant coffee, would give it a higher mark if it wasn't so costly

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
August 25, 7:39pm

patagonia down sweater
I also got mine on sale ($200 for a down jacket is just too much IMO). The fit is great, mine is a size large and provides just the amount of room over a base layer. The jacket has good loft and t...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
August 07, 5:01pm

Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
this is w/o any doubt a no frills no jacket- no pockets, no adjustable anything- it does have a zipper though! :) mine is a size large and is right at 6.0 oz, packs into the size of a baseball l...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
August 07, 4:52pm

Montbell Stretch Gaiter
these are very light gaiters, but work as well as heavier gaiters on the market fit is very good, the stretch helps the gaiter to conform to the shoe you do have to slip them on before donning s...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 29, 6:56pm

Wetfire Tinder Cubes
these came with my wetfire ti stove, as a fuel they didn't come close to the performance of Esbit for cooking, BUT as an emergency fire starter I don't think it has an equal. I'm talking ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
July 11, 9:06pm