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Mike M (mtwarden) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Montana
About Me Colin Chapman "Simplify and add lightness"
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They're perfect
Got my mittens and the fit is perfect, my hands are almost always medium. The weight is exactly one ounce and they have the nice clips to keep them together like OR uses. Got them in black. Just or...

In GEAR » does anyone make 100 weight mittens?
April 24, 1:52pm

Re: Food Storage/ Bear Safety
I hang my food; roughly 10' off the ground (and 5'-ish from the tree), try to keep a fair bit away from where I'm sheltering I typically eat near where I'm sheltering, boil in th...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 23, 7:09am

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

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