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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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spring cleaning: kelty white cloud, misc grab box
Kelty White Cloud 4500, Size L, $150 http://www.weasel.com/gear_kelty_spectra.html#cloud_4500_2002 Mine is obviously used, but still have a good bit of life in it. For someone who is serious I c...

In Gear Swap » spring cleaning: kelty white cloud, misc grab box
May 09, 7:40pm

lighter than air... and maybe shade?
Where I typically backpack the balloon would get hung up on trees... but it you stay above tree line on alpine trips, or in the dessert trees wouldn't be a big problem and with some sort of add...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » The Era of Lighter-Than-Air Backpacking is Here!
May 07, 5:21pm

GGG Parking Lot Sale
I will have a bunch of things: A16 Frame Pack --> going to Ken Kelty White Cloud 4500 Pack (Large) http://www.weasel.com/gear_kelty_spectra.html#cloud_4500_2002 Burton Crux Stove Stoic Do...

In Gear Swap » GGG Parking Lot Sale
January 21, 7:15pm

Re: Down booties
I have a pair of goose feet and really like them. Water resistant down is now the fill. Like the FF, they have the option of an over shell which are removal. I did the beefie ToughTek overshells...

In GEAR » Down booties
November 20, 6:44pm

Re: Good base layer gloves?
Another vote for PowerStretch. Over the years I think I have used Mountain Hardware's PowerStretch, but I have vague memories of other manufacturers. They have all worked well for me. --mark

In GEAR » Good base layer gloves?
November 16, 8:55am

Re: Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
Favorite… hard to pick one, but I guess it would be Five Fingers Spyridon LS trail runner "shoes". Miles and miles of blister free comfort even with multiple river crosses. Close seco...

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
October 31, 12:10pm

Re: MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
I have no experience with the hexamid using super light pole… I use it with a 4.1oz GG LT4 trekking pole. I typically carry one GG LT4 which is normally lashed to my pack but it does get used fo...

In GEAR » MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
October 27, 12:05am

Re: Re: PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
sold, or is that given to Ken at GGG.

In Gear Swap » PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
October 24, 11:22pm

PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
I have a 1970s vintage A16 external frame pack with the wrap around frame that supported the waist strap. It has seem a lot of life, the nylon looks *old* but it's still holding together. Any...

In Gear Swap » PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
October 24, 10:42pm

voice recorder
I also often carry a voice recorder backpacking. For me it's a Olympus V90 which I purchased in the 1990s I really like it because it's smaller, lighter (31grams), and more ergonomica...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 23, 9:34am

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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LuxuryLight Modular External Frame Backpack
I tried one of the very early versions of the LuxuryLite packs. This was a very cool pack and I loved the "recliner feature". Alas, I never got fully comfortable with the pack, though I sh...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 29, 8:03pm

Down Works (Santa Cruz, CA)
Nick and Shelley are great. The are extremely careful in the products they select and have the best collection of ultralight gear I have seen in brick and mortar store. They are knowledge about mater...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 29, 7:53pm

Mountain Laurel Designs
The product design and quality is first rate. Ship times are accurate, and Ron is easy to work with. For example, I ordered a superfly but then had second thoughts about the options I had selected. Ro...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 29, 3:22pm

Ion alcohol stove 2006 model
Unfortunately, this stove is no longer sold by sgt rock. The ion was my primary stove 2005-2009. It is the most alcohol efficient stove I have used, consistently boiling 16oz of water with just <...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 18, 1:41pm

Watchful Eye Designs Aloksak
I used Aloksak for a year or two: both storage and the odorproof bags. I was disappointed with these storage sacks. First, getting the seal shut is very tricky. While I can seal traditional ziplock ba...

In Miscellaneous Products
June 22, 10:50am

MSR - Easton 6" Tent Stake, aircraft aluminum
There are lighter stakes. There are more durable stakes. There are stakes which have better holding power or are easier to use in X conditions. All that said, I have found the Easton 6" stakes ...

In Miscellaneous Products
February 06, 11:47pm

Photon Freedom Micro (White)
Originally I rated this as a 5. I still think it's the best of the button lights that use small watch batteries for power. That said, I have concluded that the rapid falloff of light output once...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 03, 2:07am

Princeton Tec EOS
This is about the current generation Rebel LED based EOS. It has a new lens which gives a bit more spill, while preserving pretty good throw. It's also twice as bright as the original EOS with th...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 03, 1:49am

Petzl Zipka
I own both the original Zipka and the '06 Zipka Plus with the upgraded (brighter) LEDs. It's a very cute product. Each of our cars have one in the glove box because they are very useful. ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 03, 1:30am

Black Diamond Ion
The Ion is wonderfully compact and light... but I have to agree with the Ryan's complains. The light isn't as bright and has less throw than a Photon button light! I find that it doesn't ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 06, 11:18pm