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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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My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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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

Re: Good base layer gloves?
Another vote for PowerStretch. Over the years I think I have used Mountain Hardware's PowerStretch, but I have vague memories of other manufacturers. They have all worked well for me. --mark

In GEAR » Good base layer gloves?
November 16, 8:55am

Re: Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
Favorite… hard to pick one, but I guess it would be Five Fingers Spyridon LS trail runner "shoes". Miles and miles of blister free comfort even with multiple river crosses. Close seco...

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
October 31, 12:10pm

Re: MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
I have no experience with the hexamid using super light pole… I use it with a 4.1oz GG LT4 trekking pole. I typically carry one GG LT4 which is normally lashed to my pack but it does get used fo...

In GEAR » MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
October 27, 12:05am

Re: Re: PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
sold, or is that given to Ken at GGG.

In Gear Swap » PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
October 24, 11:22pm

PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
I have a 1970s vintage A16 external frame pack with the wrap around frame that supported the waist strap. It has seem a lot of life, the nylon looks *old* but it's still holding together. Any...

In Gear Swap » PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
October 24, 10:42pm

voice recorder
I also often carry a voice recorder backpacking. For me it's a Olympus V90 which I purchased in the 1990s I really like it because it's smaller, lighter (31grams), and more ergonomica...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 23, 9:34am

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