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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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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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Inov8 Flyroc 310
The most comfortable shoes I have worn. At this editing I am on my 14th pair. Extremely flexible sole which takes some getting use to, but within a month I couldn't imagine using anything else....

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 12, 9:37am

Vargo Triad
The Triad is a cool looking design. The pot holder is stable and effective. Unfortunately the stove's performance is very poor. The stove is difficult to fuel and touchy to light. It's easy to over...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 11, 6:41pm

ThermoJet MicroLite
The stove is easy to fill, light, and use. I found the Microlite to be reasonably fuel efficient, and had a pretty quick boil time for an alcohol stove. The windscreen was more effective than most wi...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 11, 6:35pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
I found this pack to be reasonably comfortable up to 28 lb so long as I don't over stuff it. Nicely designed for an access and usability perspective. Panel loading with a zipper that extends 2/3 of th...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
November 11, 6:04pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
The Sunday Afternoon Adventure Hat is the coolest wearing hat I have used which provides excellent sun protection. I can't imagine a better hat for hot weather. I have found the hat to be durable...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 11, 10:24am

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
I wish I was one of those people who could sleep on a thin torso pad... but that just doesn't work for me. I can't fall asleep on a foam pad unless I am extremely sleep deprived (e.g. around the thir...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
November 11, 10:11am

Nunatak Arc Ghost
The Ghost provides a great deal of warmth in a light and compact package. I would say that it's a '5' if I was just using it in the summer (temps about 45F)... but only a '4' when ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 11, 9:53am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
I have been using this pot for five years. It's the perfect size for solo trips with enough room to boiling water for a hot drink as well as cook a meal. I have found the pot to be durable and the non...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 15, 10:38pm

Montbell Thermawrap jacket
A simple, light weight layering piece. Full zip to make it easy to take on and off. The shell is fairly windproof. The collar seals well and has a comfortable micro fleece liner. There are no pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 15, 10:10pm

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I have had my dragonfly for several years now. It has gone on countless trips as well as used around town. I actually prefer it to the more recent hodini windshirt. I have found the cut and length ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 06, 8:52am