Author Archives: ploss

MLD eVent Rain Mitts Quick Review

After a bone-chilling hike in a downpour @ 38 degrees a week and a few days ago, forcing me to throw my poles into my pack and bury my hands in my pockets, I immediately decided that I needed some lightweight shells … Continue reading

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MLD Cuben Solo Pro Tarp Quick Review

One of the cuben items purchased for this season is a Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Solo Pro Tarp. This, although I didn’t necessarily “need” a new tarp, was intended to be used in conjunction with my Super Mica jacket to … Continue reading

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Marmot Super Mica Review

I’ve made MANY purchases for the 2010 backpacking season, including significant purchases of gear constructed of cuben fiber. I’ve not yet chronicled a single item thus far, due to the simple reason of not wanting to review anything I haven’t adequately tested . . … Continue reading

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Northeastern Olympics Loop: Solo

2009 Trip Planning For the last year, I’ve been planning our annual, week-long backpacking adventure with my mates McL and Franken. Planning involved numerous gear purchases chronicled here, including a new sleeping bag, pad, cape, steripen, etc. Training included numerous … Continue reading

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Mount St. Helens Climb – August 30, 2009

I must admit that my attitude related to climbing the Oregon/Washington peaks has been somewhat ambivalent as chronicled in this blog. As noted in my post from the Adams Climb, I’ve moved slightly up the continuum towards excitement regarding these adventures! … Continue reading

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BPL STIX Mod: Aftermarket Tips

Modification of BPL STIX carbon fiber poles with aftermarket tips to increase durability. Continue reading

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