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Matthew Swierkowski (Berserker) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me I've been backpacking for several years, and am not an ultralight guy...I'm probably teetering on the line between light weight and traditional. I normally carry 25 - 35 lbs (total weight including food and water). I typically go on 5 - 6 trips a year consisting of weekend trips with a longer (1 - 2 weeks) one mixed in there. I have been section hiking the AT since late '07, and am a quarter of the way through it. Other than the AT and local hikes I have also hiked in the Sierras and Southern Utah.
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All Forum Posts by Matthew Swierkowski

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Re: Re: Moisture in Caribou MF
I agree with Brad. I have a Caribou I have been using for many years, and I don't have any issues with it. I sleep cold, so to get it to it's rating I have wear some clothing inside of it...

In GEAR » Moisture in Caribou MF
April 19, 10:38am

Re: PCT Bear Bag Hanging - no biner
I've been using the PCT method for a while, and in my opinion the caribineer is part of what makes the method somewhat easy to use. There are a few things that the caribineer does. First off ...

In GEAR » PCT Bear Bag Hanging - no biner
March 22, 10:42am

RE: Ken & Roleigh I agree with Ken in that I just bought some Duracell batteries from Battery Junction. Cost $32 for 12 (that's $20 for the batteries plus $12 for shipping...yeah that s...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN vs H2O Amigo, a long distance hiker’s comparison
March 10, 10:34am

My Attempt
Well, here's my attempt at this thing: As long as the screen is glued in there good I should be good to go. Just for everyone's info I used the Loctite Plastics Bonding System (an...

In GEAR » ultralight water prefilter
March 04, 3:38pm

Re: Ultralight Water Prefilter
@Ken it's glued in there. I got the impression that it was somehow just press fit in there. Ok, I actually left a lip on the cap I was working with so gluing in a piece of scree...

In GEAR » ultralight water prefilter
March 03, 8:27am

Re: Re: ultralight water prefilter
Alright, I hate to sound totally dense here, but I looked at John (Quoddy) and Ben's pictures for how they made the cap with the mesh screen in it and I just don't get it. I bought a coffe...

In GEAR » ultralight water prefilter
March 03, 6:52am

Re: Steripen AdventurerOpti questions on batteries and pre-filter
Thanks for the replies. I did not realize all CR123 batteries likely have the safety circuitry in them. So I guess this is not a big deal. I will be sticking with name brand batteries (I just ...

In GEAR » Steripen AdventurerOpti questions on batteries and pre-filter
March 01, 11:23am

Steripen AdventurerOpti questions on batteries and pre-filter
I have a couple of questions related to the use of the Steripen Adventurer Opti. I recently purchased one of these late last year, and have used it on a few trips. Having switched to it from a fi...

In GEAR » Steripen AdventurerOpti questions on batteries and pre-filter
February 28, 12:30pm

Re: Sizing for tall people
I'm going to respond to my own post about sizing for tall people. As others have indicated in this and previous threads these run large. I'm 6'-5" about 195 lbs, and I ordered a ...

In GEAR » Dri Ducks?
February 10, 10:56am

Sizing for tall people
I'm gonna try me a pair of these to see how they do. Only quesiton I have is on the sizing. I've seen discussion on the sizing of these in multiple threads, but no one that was my size re...

In GEAR » Dri Ducks?
January 26, 12:22pm

All Reader Reviews by Matthew Swierkowski

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Princeton Tec EOS
I’ve been using this headlamp (both the original and newer version) for years. The reviewers above pretty much covered everything with this headlamp, so I am not going to repeat all that. It’s light...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 10:52am

Hilleberg Akto
I have used this tent many nights over the last few years. It has been my main inclement weather/winter tent, so it typically sees the worst weather I go out in. Well, let’s get right into this. ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 02, 10:50am

Tarptent Squall
I have been using this tent off and on for a few years now, and it has served me well. I use it as a solo tent. I have the original version in sil-nylon (the pre-Squall II version). I use trekking ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
March 02, 10:49am

Western Mountaineering Caribou
Since I bought this bag in 2004 (I think), this has probably been one of my most used pieces of gear. Being someone that does sound engineering on the side (as a hobby of sorts), I always feel that I...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 02, 10:47am