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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
My PDF Gear ListBob Marshall Open 2015

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All Forum Posts by Mike M

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I'm not an audiophile so I can't really comment on the sound quality, plenty good enough for me. I've had mine a little over two years and ~ 4000 miles of trail running and they are st...

In GEAR » sports ear buds
July 31, 8:44pm

Extremely solid efforts by both gentlemen; big hats off! Just shows you what an incredible undertaking this is and what a incredible achievement is to hold such a record

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Following Ralph and Allen's JMT FKT attempt
July 31, 3:23pm

take a peek at the Steiner 8x30's, these are a reasonably priced, relatively light (17 oz) small to mid-size bino; I used Steiner glass exclusively for 25 years as a game warden- good glass, ve...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
July 30, 8:39pm

small packs from MLD
it was kind of funny, but I was going to call Ron to about the chances of reviving the Newt (or get a custom one built) and before I had a chance to call, Dave started this thread w/ the announceme...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 30, 8:20pm

Re: 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Sweet- thanks for organizing this again :) Mike

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
July 30, 4:48pm

Re: Accessory pockets
They're listed for shoulder pockets, but that's where my bottles are going. I've got them slid through the elastic band over the belt, then attached to the little loop where the belt is...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 30, 12:21pm

Re: Pics
not loaded, but I have a 50k this Saturday and hoping Sunday or Monday I'll be heading out for a couple of days w/ the Core :) the fabric is identical (color as well!) to my Exped Lightning-...

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 30, 6:42am

^ nicely done- thanks! Godspeed Gents

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT speed record attempt
July 29, 12:41pm

Re: Still works
worked for me as well :) thanks

In Gear Deals » Backpacker Magazine Subscription $2.99
July 29, 6:37am

JMT fkt
Ralph- thanks for the detailed report! It's too bad it was an illness that ended your attempt (maybe that's better than an injury???), sounded like all systems were go otherwise. I wholeh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT speed record attempt
July 27, 8:38pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike M

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Hydropel Sports Ointment
if you know your going to have wet feet, hydropel is well worth considering in a recent trip to NM we had over 50 stream crossings in two days, our feet were wet the entire two days of hiking- we t...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
July 11, 8:42pm

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
great little piece of kit, while I carry a mini bic- the sparklite is my backup source of fire making and a darn good one at that. with the tinder tab nice and fluffed I've never had any diff...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
July 11, 8:37pm

Snow Peak 600
I love this little mug, if they included a lid I'd easily give a 5. As is, it's very sturdy (yet light at 2.8 oz) and well made. Plenty of volume for a solo hiker. It has ample room inside ...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 11, 8:30pm

Four Dog Stove pot/mug lids SP 450/600/900
Four Dog Stoves has provided many of us with what we were wanting for our small pots/mugs- decent lids! I feel qualified to review them as I now have three- one for my SP 900, 600 and 450. All are...

In Cookware - Other
July 03, 1:09pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
best- as in most useful packs small, performs large very breathable, but cuts the wind amazingly the DWR finish is very good, for lighter rain/snow- nothing more is needed pricey- sure, ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
February 10, 9:19pm

Platypus .5 Liter
I use the .5 liter bottle on trips when water is plentiful. Even when water isn't plentiful I like to use the bottle for my Gatorade packet (calls for .5 liters). I don't care for the &quo...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
September 20, 9:19am

Sharpie Ultrafinepoint
this is a great little writing tool- the tip is ultrafine for detailed scribing, permanent marker- write easily on waterproof paper (maps/riteonrain notebooks) w/ no smearing- great for marking re-pac...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 30, 10:46am

Nite ize S-Biner
at 4 grams this biner is really strong- I made my own lw bear hang kit w/ this as the center piece I've tested it to ~ 12 lbs and appears it can handle more- occasionally the rope will slip out...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 30, 10:28am

Darn Tough Socks Boot Sock Cushion and Full Cushion, Merino Wool
for years I used to wear two pairs of socks (syn liner/wool outer) old school. on the recommendations of several folks, I gave the Darn Tough socks a go. well....... these are bar none great socks. ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 23, 12:34pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
this stove is so easy to operate I think w/ some work you could get your pet to operate it :) the piezo starter I thought was some gimmick that would have me using my lighter in short order- not so...

In Stoves - Canister
August 18, 7:14am