greg

greg

Pacific Northwest

greg 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

greg 's Bio

I enjoy cooking,building and creating.


I am a total smart ass and I don't like being like other people. I hope my reviews show that.


Through much debate and group counseling it has been determined I am a gear whore.. Not a hoarder per say, but at some point it becomes a bit ridiculous. How many DH bikes does someone need? How many spare parts? How many sleeping bags? How many stoves? How many tents? How many jackets? Is there really a good answer? I don't think there is a good number based upon the different seasons and all the places to go and explore. Plus, new tempting stuff keeps coming out all the time. FML .


*SPECIAL NOTE* I admire and respect many of you out there. But I shouldn't be surprised that I piss off many of the uptight easily offended people that frequent this site or the ones I see when out and about. You know.. Like the members of the mountaineers club, The clueless people who are REI members. Not to mention the tree hugging hippies that have a stick lodged in their butt sideways. Yep, you hate me and I hate you guys too. I will be the guy out on the trail or the guy having a good time with my friends, then when you come up to another group with your holier than thou attitude I will be the guy telling you to get bent, or go into graphic detail where and how you can go fornicate yourself with any number of nearby tree branches. I am always amazed when I see people who think they have some sort of say over others when out in the middle of nowhere. And let's not forget here on the internet.

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greg wrote a review of on November 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Decisions decisions..

With the price so low I just got both. The three is a manageable size for one person. The four would be best for a camping trip.

I do a 5 course meal at our local outdoor concert venue. With just two people it is a very easy and manageable thing. Four people isn't that bad either. We have had up to 8 people and is a full on pain in the ass. I felt like I had a hodge podge of different bags to carry everything before. looking like a band of gypsies as they pretty much haul away anything that isn't tied down.

The three is perfect for hauling and organizing all the ingredients I need. I prep the ingredients at home and plate everything on site.

The color coded pods make for easy organization. I also love their cooler cubes that you can integrate into the mix.

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greg wrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I expected the Midweight 3 to be much thicker. I am glad that it isn't.

When layering the Midweight is a perfect choice. I have some Heavyweight base layers from MHW which is overkill most of the time. I also have some Silkweight from EB. I don't really count the UnderArmour I have because it makes you feel cold. It is just weird stuff.

Patagonia's Capilene is hands down the best underwear out there. I was only using a pair of lightweight guide pants on Rainier and added these for our ascent of the mountain. It was the perfect combination even though it wasn't the best of conditions. We all looked like frosted donuts by the time we reached the summit. I was fine the entire time on my legs. I would have overheated if they would have been any heavier weight.

If I was looking for a set of underwear I would start with the Midweight Capilene and then get a heavier or lighter weight later.

The Midweight 3 is just so versatile when layering.

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greg wrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Fit: Runs small

I have the Goretex Backcountry version but wanted to try a larger size and didn't want the same color again. Just going up a half size made a world of difference with my feet and being able to use my favorite insoles.

I wanted to get a shoe for our trip to europe when I didn't want to wear a dress shoe. I think these make a pretty good statement of being someone from europe or looking like Eurotrash. I am going to say Germany. I am like Dieter from Sprockets.. ' I am as happy as a little girl. '

These shoes aren't really for urban environments or city use. They grip like crazy in the right conditions, but put them in a damp or wet smooth slick surface and finding any traction is almost impossible. There were many times I felt I was walking on a freshly zambonied ice rink.

These shoes are great, they help in keeping your feet from getting wet from puddles or just when it is raining. I will most likely be using them out on the trail here very soon too.. Though I don't usually run. I will also be using them as a basecamp shoe whenever I go back up to Camp Muir. They are a very light shoe that provides some sort of moisture protection. I was so jealous of the people who had a normal shoe and didn't have to clunk around in their mountaineering boots in the evening.

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greg wrote a review of on November 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

Ok, think of the price then think of what you should get for $35 dollars.

Columbia sportswear is for your normal average person or someone that is on a budget.

My wife wanted another fleece for wearing around the house and I obliged her. Yeah, it is great piece for that.

It is a good deal for what you paid for. I would compare it to what you would expect if you went to a ski resort or resort town and they had branded fleece for sale. Nothing special and in time it isn't going to wear well.

You paid next to nothing so it shouldn't come as any surprise when it wears out.

If my wife wanted a piece for outdoor activities I would have gotten her a fleece that would have been 3 to 4 times more expensive. Because you get what you pay for.

For a growing child or for someone who thinks walking the dog is going out into the great outdoors.. Yeah, this is one you should look at.

As a gift for grandma or anyone who looks like they have no clue what to wear when they try and put on their play clothes... This would be a great gift to give them.

*EDIT* So it looks like I pissed off a few of the people I was talking about in my review.. Clueless people. I sold Columbia Sportswear at the shop I managed. We sold all the high end brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot etc etc.. Columbia Sportswear is basic stuff. It was for people who didn't want to spend too much or they were buying gifts for others or for outdoor gear for their children or wife who doesn't do anything extreme. It is a decent deal but it isn't made to be a performance layer. It isn't. You wear it during basic outdoor activities and you just buy another one when the piece wears out and loses any sort of fluffy feeling or your kid outgrows it. Call it a family brand.
Sorry some of you uptight people got your panties in a bunch. Would I buy a kid a Patagonia fleece or a TNF fleece? Sure, But most people buy Columbia and call it good. It is good but you get what you pay for.

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greg wrote a review of on November 21, 2014

4 5

Fit: True to size

What is it with manufacturers lately? Most larges aren't very large.

This shirt gives me plenty of room and is sized correctly for what a large is supposed to be.

The last few casual dress shirts my wife has bought me have fit like complete shit. I don't see how I can be 5' 7" tall and have the majority of large shirts out there almost feel tight or be too small through the shoulders and chest. And lets not forget the lengths either. They fit me just right or are even short on me. If I was 6' tall or taller I would be showing my mid drift. Showing off my belly button lint makes a real statement.

Is the new style looking like the weird douches that try and squeeze into skinny jeans? It is like the scrawny malnourished look of 90's supermodels has hit mens fashion.

There are Big and Tall stores.. Maybe I missed the Short and stout ones?

Patagonia seems to do pretty well with their sizing. The length is the only real issue for me. I am not usually a tucker when it comes to shirts.

It almost seems weird finally getting back into a shirt that fits the way normal sizing should be.

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greg wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

4 5

This thing just showed up and I have been sitting out on the back deck drinking a beer and staying toasty warm next to it even though winter has finally arrived in Seattle and the temperature is right at freezing.

The bag is going to be awesome to store and carry it. The folding legs are sweet too.

One of the biggest reasons I hate car camping is the fact people are idiots and many times you can't have a campfire going anymore even where there is a huge fire pit and there nothing to catch fire anywhere close by. Plus, I hate smelling like smoke the next day or when you get home and everything smells like a campfire.

This thing puts out some heat. It comes with two wire roasting sticks for wieners or marshmallows. I wasn't quite sure how well it would work for cooking but it would actually do really well with a grate over the top of it and using a pot or frying pan. Plus, you can adjust the flames so easily.

With all the fire bans usually in effect this thing will make camping much better than not having anything at all.

I will also use it when I drag the flatscreen out onto the deck during the summertime when we have movie night out under the stars. Sometimes it gets a bit chilly later in the evening and this thing will be perfect to have out there providing some warmth and ambiance.

I will just call it a new age campfire.. Because some idiot will burn down the forest if they let them.

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greg wrote a review of on November 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this stove doing a DH camp for a bunch of High School kids.

50 plus people for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week. Granted I only used the stove here and there. But when you pull up and can crank out 60 plus quesadillas on a double griddle and still saute your filling on the third burner. This thing gets it done.

I also like the 3 burner because it gives you a work space if you are only using one burner. I use the griddle as a counter and have everything at close reach.

I also used it for a wedding I catered at a barn for a 100 people. Out in the middle of a field I was using two large frying pans and the last one for sauces. This thing allowed me to crank out a bunch of food at once.

Would I use it for camping? Unless it is a huge group it just seems a bit overkill. I use mine the day after Thanksgiving each year as I take the carcass of the 24lb to 28lb bird and make a huge 6 gallon vat of turkey soup. I used to use my turkey fryer but it was just overkill with having that much of a blast furnace underneath. Once you get it up to simmer all you need is a decent flame underneath.

I really like the stove. It gives me a ton of options for the things I like to do.

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greg wrote a review of on November 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh yeah, Another one that reminds me of camping when I was a kid.

I still have our original two burner coleman stove from when i was a kid. I am guessing it is what you would call a 'Vintage' one. It has to be an early circa 1960'ish stove. I fire it up once a year and make sure it is still running well. Good as new.

How many crappy meals I endured eating from what my parents would crucify on it. Burnt eggs, crappy canned corned beef hash, hash browns, pancakes and a host of any other blackened dishes they tried to cook.

I have used it many times and it really isn't that difficult to use or cook on. Yeah, the flame control is a bit finicky, but you can still keep your food from burning if you try to control your pan and not just leave it there to get smoking hot before you just throw stuff in destroying whatever you are going to be cooking.

With all the new canister stoves and the option to hook up a actual large propane tank this one is still a bit of a Dinosaur too. It is nostalgic for me, though many of the memories aren't very fond of what was cooked on it.

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greg wrote a review of on November 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own one.

I just keep it for emergencies. You know.. That emergency that never seems to happen. So this thing sits in the garage and collects dust.

Every year I do crank it up and reminisce of when I was a kid. This was the lantern every campsite had burning in the evening.

I remember most people were sitting around their picnic benches and playing cards. I also remember the giant fireball blasting out of ours when my dad couldn't get it lit, then the flames that were shooting out and all over our picnic table. Yep, good times indeed.

So will it ever be used in a non emergency? I don't know. It is just nostalgic for me. The hissing sound the flame makes would piss off any nearby camping neighbors nowadays and the bulk is just too heavy for anything but car camping. With the new LED lanterns out there that put out great lumens and can run for days on small batteries this thing is kind of a Dinosaur.

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greg wrote a review of on November 4, 2014

4 5

Yep.. It's for beer. I am not using it for anything else.

I took it to our local brewery and had the rather large and buff Barmaid fill it. When I got home I had a really hard time getting the lid unscrewed. I thought she used her large arms and man hands to wrench that thing down to make it difficult on me. Nope, after I poured a glass and screwed it back on the next time I went back for a refill I had the same issue again. So the pressure of Beer does make getting the lid unscrewed a bit tough.

The Barmaid said she used one and said it keeps beer cold for like 30 hours. My beer didn't last that long.

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greg wrote a review of on October 14, 2014

4 5

I really dislike eating most freeze dried meals.
I made this and put it into the 'everything' bagels I brought. It was really good. They were actually getting eyeballed by the others eating out of their pouches of other freeze dried crap.

I would definitely get this again. I did pack some jalapeno cream cheese but it got nuked in the SUV the day before we left up the mountain. That would have made this the bomb. Or even a slice of cheddar too.

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greg wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

5 5

I just picked up one of these. I wasn't sure how well it was going to work keeping things insulated.

It works really well. I made tea first thing in the morning and because this things holds so much liquid that I kept filling my other insulated mug throughout the day at the job site. The tea was still hot even after 6pm on my way home.

I didn't expect it to be such a great Thermos. I am really contemplating getting the 64oz insulated growler because if it keeps beer cold like this things keeps things hot I plan on using it to get shitfaced as soon as I get home.

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greg wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

4 5

I got a new perspective being in a large group of people hiking and climbing on Rainier. I am like a camel and I seem to keep my fluids inside me. Or I sweat them out. I was amazed how much people pee everywhere. Yeah, that stream at Pebble Creek coming out from the Muir snow field looks like it would be fine to drink from without treating. Not a chance in hell Batman. I saw more people peeing all over the place just a stones throw away from the stream. I am also pretty sure I saw a marmot intentionally peeing and defecating upstream from a Chinese family taking sips directly from it as they took a break from their marmot molestation photo shoots. Payback is a bitch.

Yeah, You need to treat your water.

This steri pen is so quick and easy to use. Are there still some parts per million pee in your water? Sure. But what are you gonna do? I saw pee stains all the way up Rainier and the very top is like a volcanic pee trough.

Folks, you are drinking someones or somethings pee one way or the other.

I prefer this one to the classic. Not as big and clumsy feeling.

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greg wrote a review of on September 30, 2014

4 5

You have to start loading the week before. This isn't a take it right before your adventure or event.
Did they work? I don't know. I got them on Thursday and didn't read the instructions until I reached Ashford base camp. I started loading on Sunday and quit loading after our Wednesday morning summit climb.
I am guessing the load is crucial so I assume I didn't get the real affects of the capsules.
So this is more of an FYI than anything.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

4 5

Yeah, they are the gaiter to get for mountaineering. You can buy another brand, you can buy another style from OR but this is the quintessential gaiter that all the others will be judged by. So go ahead and buy a different one.. Go ahead. Do it. You will be kicking yourself later that you didn't just buy this one to begin with. Tough as nails.

I don't like wearing gaiters, but If you are going to have to wear one you might as well know you have the best ones out there to get.

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greg wrote a review of on September 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have a tendency to over pack. I also have a tendency of blowing up when climbing up hills. Not a good combination. Like Steve Martin in the Jerk, as he grabbed the chair and any number of other useless things and kept saying " And that is all I need.." Then I grab something else and repeat.

I knew I needed some help getting my ass and my overly burdened pack up to Muir and also getting to the top of Rainier. Maybe it is all mental and this was just my placebo? Or maybe these things really do the job? Either way they seemed to work for me.

I took 4 in the morning and then took 2 each break and 4 afterwards. My legs seemed to be doing great. The second break heading up the Muir snowfield my calves cramped... Wait, that is an understatement, they seized up and turned into two rock hard hams on the back of my legs as I was rolling around on the snow cussing and begging them to release. They finally did after everyone in the group got a chance to hear all my lovely phrases and choicest of words. Then after what seemed like an eternity I was able to get my ass back up and we continued on our way.

You didn't think it was going to be that easy did you?

Yes, the bottle of Siracha cock sauce and jar of peanut butter along with 3lbs of gummy bears and all the other number of uneaten things I hauled up there was well worth the extra weight. I did share my full roll of Charmin extra soft with others as well. That stuff is awesome.

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greg wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

I have been using some under armour for the past few years and I have to say.. They don't even compare to Patagonia's Capilene. I was very comfortable in these though I only wore them the night before and during our summit climb of Rainier, then throughout the next few days as we were doing crevasse rescue training. I was very pleased with their ability to keep the stinky stuff I was producing to a tolerable level and not getting overly ripe.


My main complaint with wearing long underwear is how it usually makes my skin feel. kinda like all the hair on my body was getting pulled on and it just is a weird and uncomfortable feeling even after taking them off. Not the case with the Capilene at all. Very comfortable and they did keep my back sweat to a minimum when taking off my pack and getting a cold gust along my backside.

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greg wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Spend a week at Camp Muir and smell yourself. Yeah, that isn't a pleasant thing. My crotch smelled like death with sprinkles of poopy fumunder cheese to top it all off.

What are you gonna do?

I hand sanitized my balls. It was crisp, it was refreshing and it got a good laugh from the other guys in the group. Would I do it again? You bet your ass I would. Those little guys need to be bathed regularly or they make themselves less than pleasing to be around. I was making myself sick so I can't imagine what the other guys were thinking of them and their wafting odor.

Purell is nice and all but I don't want the alcohol drying out my boys. This foaming hand sanitizer keeps them soft and supple which is what we are all searching for. Plus, I think the excess Purell gave me a bit of a buzz as the alcohol was absorbed through any number of mucous membranes down there.

So a hand sanitizer that can do double duty as a nether region cleaner and hand cleaner is tops in my book.

Well done.

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