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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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Re: Help! How do you dry your shoes overnight in winter?
While in theory keeping shoes dry is a good idea, unless super cold / dry conditions there will be issues with boots getting wet even if using VBL unless they are something like the old Mickey mous...

In GEAR » Help! How do you dry your shoes overnight in winter?
December 17, 11:35am

Re: Quest for perfect shelter system for 3 week solo JMT starting in late July
If you are really going to cowboy camp >=70% of the time (summertime JMT that is realistic in normal years) then you could consider doing a poncho/tarp or small tarp combined with something lik...

In GEAR » Quest for perfect shelter system for 3 week solo JMT starting in late July
December 17, 11:17am

Re: Re: Re: Too many rain jacket choices
I agree with others that the propore based jackets work well but typically suck from a fit perspective and have some durability issues. I also found that the inside of the cuffs would often absorb...

In GEAR » Too many choices, rain jackets
December 10, 6:16pm

Re: Thorofare Trekking Pants
The fabric in the Thorofare was a limited run of extra light Pertex Equilibrium done by Perseverance Mills. I doubt we will ever see the fabric again :( Even though it was 1/2 the weight of you...

In GEAR » Thorofare Trekking Pants
December 10, 2:18am

Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Bags, Vaude Daypack, Kestrel Knife, Tarptent Double Rainbow
Pair of Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Sleeping Bags (left, right zippers which mate), for 6ft, 62" shoulder, $225 each, $400 pair. Like New. I seem to recall measuring them at 28oz, One used...

In Gear Swap » Western Mountaineering Pod 15 Bags, Vaude Daypack, Kestrel Knife, Tarptent Double Rainbow
October 12, 6:27pm

FS: Western Mountaineering, Tarptent, TNF Basecamp Duffel, Sony RX100 & UW Enclosure, Wilderness Experience Klettersack, Etc
Posted and then went offline so wasn't able to respond. reposting to restart this.

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

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

TarpTent
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