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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.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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FS: Western Mountaineering, Tarptent, TNF Basecamp Duffel, Sony RX100 & UW Enclosure, Wilderness Experience Klettersack, Etc
Pair of Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Sleeping Bags (left, right zippers which mate), $250 each, $450 pair. Like New. One used a few times, second still has tag. These are basically a top insulat...

In Gear Swap » Western Mountaineering, Tarptent, TNF Basecamp Duffel, Sony RX100 & UW Enclosure, Wilderness Experience Klettersack
September 18, 2:15pm

Re: is the sony rx100 worth it?
Worth it? My short answer is yes. Why? The RX100 is the only pocket size camera that I have been happy with the image quality of pictures provided I can keep it below ISO 640 or so. Any other s...

In Photography » is the sony rx100 worth it?
September 03, 2:04pm

Re: What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
As others have indicated, the Arcteryx Cerium will likely not be enough when you stop unless you run very warm. You need about 4x more insulation when sitting as when you are doing heavy work (li...

In GEAR » What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
August 21, 10:06am

Re: Polygeiene
xstatic / visa endurance (when they had 8% silver or more) often they are 4% worked decently. This year I have tried polygiene (in Patagonia cap 1). It has worked pretty well, but not as well as ...

In GEAR » the least stinky of the synthetic baselayers?
August 14, 3:36pm

Re: What is your favorite base layer?
If the trip is going to be below 50F (shoulder, winter trips for me) then Patagonia Cap4 Hoody can't be beat IMHO. When it's warmer I have been mostly wearing a long sleeve Patagonia Cap...

In GEAR » What is your favorite base layer?
August 12, 7:16pm

Re: Current best single person tent around 18-20oz
My recommendation would be the SMD Skyscape-X if you are looking for a three season shelter... especially if you find yourself wanting maximum ventilation while still being protected from bugs. ...

In GEAR » Current best single person tent around 18-20oz
August 11, 6:33pm

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

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