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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, $400 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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Marmot DriClime
My daughter more or less lives in her driclime windshirt. Three seasons around town (not summer), backpacking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, you name it. It is best used as something to wear when acti...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 06, 11:04pm

A16 Bug Bivy
Light weight bug protection. Plenty of room around the head to move around. Makes use of sleeping bag to protect the lower body which minimizes weight and size. Free standing system makes it easy to u...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
January 06, 10:47pm

Western Mountaineering Versalite Super
WM makes very high quality down sleeping bags. The Versalite Super is my winter sleeping bag, mostly used in the sierras when the temperatures are between -10F and 30F. Light and warm sleeping bag wit...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 06, 10:37pm

Drop Stoppers Microporous Polypropylene Rainsuit
Summary: Fragile but highly breathable, cheap, and light. If they weren't so cheap I would drop my rating to 2 or 3. As other have noted, Propore rain gear is not very durable. But at $17 for...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 06, 10:25pm

Gossamer Gear
I have both ordered items from gossimar gear and interacted with them during a backpacktestgear.org eval of the spinnshelter. I have had only good experiences with them. Items have been shipped quickl...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 24, 9:04am

I wish every company provided customer service like Henry Shires' tarptent. When items are in stock, they ship quickly. When items aren't in stock he finds out what date something is needed and works ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 24, 9:00am

C and C Outdoors
I have made several orders from C & C. They were easy to deal with, shipped products quickly. I needed to change one order before it had been fulfilled. They accommodated me. I am rating them as a 4 ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 24, 8:52am

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
This book (and the earlier PCT Guide) have played a pivotal role in the development of the modern ultra-light movement. Jardine has extremely strong opinions which aren't always back by solid logic. H...

In Books and Media
November 22, 11:58pm

Lightweight Backpacking and Camping by Ryan Jordan et al.
I appreciate the attempt to apply rigorous analytical and experimental techniques to explore effective backpacking techniques and gear selection. I think this book provides a good start. Why a rating...

In Books and Media
November 22, 11:54pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
If I was going to write a book, it would look a lot like Don's book. This is a short, easy to read book which anyone can benefit from. This is a very good book for a heavy-weight style backpacker loo...

In Books and Media
November 22, 11:42pm