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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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Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
The micro puff pullover is a very purpose driven garment. It's all about staying warm with everything else stripped out. My only regret is that it is too warm for me to use except during the winter i...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 04, 10:09am

Gossamer Gear Spinshelter
Wonderfully light-weight shaped tarp for solo use. Very protective, even in extreme conditions which means I can forgo a bivy sack which I would have needed to use with a small tarp. Non-stretch mat...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 02, 1:22pm

Montbell Thermawrap Vest
One of the lightest high loft synthetic vests on the market. It is lightly insulated which is ideal for three season trips when heavier vest or jackets would be too warm to be practical. The combina...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 02, 1:18pm

Six Moon Designs StarLite
When used with a closed cell foam pad the only frameless pack I have tried which can handle 30lbs of gear. Performance drops somewhat with self-inflating or air mattresses (I would change rating to a...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 02, 8:55am

GoLite Breeze
I am going to be a heretic. I hate this pack. It is the most uncomfortable packs I have used. It was more comfortable on one shoulder than on both. A shame because it is a good size and made from ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 02, 8:47am

Osprey Aether 60
Reasonable weight / carry capacity. Super comfortable carry up to 35lbs. A great pack for people transitions from heavy weight to light-weight packing. Lots of user friendly features. Compression sy...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 02, 8:42am

Granite Gear Vapor Trail
Good weight / carry ability ratio. Super comfortable carry for loads less than 25lbs and comfortable with 25-35 lbs. Not the most convenient due to oversize extension collar is side pocket design. M...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 02, 8:38am