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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale British Columbia
About Me I enjoy fly fishing, backpacking and hiking... and although my pace has slowed down a little over the years, I find that I'm not in such a hurry anymore anyway.

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Personal locator Beacons (PLB's) recommendations
I used a Spot initially, switched to the original inReach (the brick) and now have upgraded to the new inReach (Explorer). I think you had better check the plan details in your area because they...

In GEAR » Personal locator Beacons (PLB's) recommendations
November 03, 12:23am

Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
>> I went with the Zebra H-52w which looks to hit many of my priorities. << I think you made a good choice. As Bob mentioned, if you don't need the extra brightness, leave i...

In GEAR » Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
November 02, 11:31pm

Fenix HL50
Sounds like a good light for a good price. At a glance, it competes with the Zebralight H52 AA (I have the ZL H52 and have not seen the Fenix HL50) The Fenix HL50 uses CR123A or AA cells The...

In GEAR » Fenix HL50
November 01, 9:48pm

Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
+1 for the Zebralight H52w I use a similar requirement to what Eric mentioned when looking for a night hiking headlight. I want a light that will give me 8 hours at around 50 Lm. The H52w is ...

In GEAR » Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
October 31, 1:21pm

Lost & Found on the trail
I found a smart phone on the trail this year and learned a valuable lesson from the find. The phone was dead so when I got back from my trip I plugged it in and fired it up, expecting to get a l...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lost & Found on the trail
October 28, 12:58am

Zebralight H600 or H600F?
I bought the H600 and was worried that it would be too much of a spot light. That hasn't been the case. The beam of the H600 has an 80 degree field so not much less than the floody version an...

In GEAR » Zebralight H600 or H600F?
October 27, 2:00am

InReach Explorer
The Explorer does have a map screen but no mapping capability. You can import (from GPX) tracks and waypoints and view them on the Inreach's small screen. You can also create waypoints an...

In GEAR » delorme inreach explorer
October 26, 11:13am

Strathcona Pack
Nice pack Dan. I like the tall slim profile of the pack (tall thin packs carry better IMO). Maybe I'll see it wandering around Strathcona Park some day?

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 24, 12:32am

Creeping Weight
>> I actually went full circle. My kids started to join me and so the pack weight went up. Now that they are teens, I am of no interest to them anymore so I am back on the warpath to lighten ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Creeping Weight.
October 20, 1:16pm

Creeping Weight
"...but have been musing about going back in that direction on some upcoming trips" This statement basically describes where I'm at. I now pack based on the trip. If it's...

In Philosophy & Technique » Creeping Weight.
October 20, 1:01am

All Reader Reviews by Mike W

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Mountain Laurel Designs Burn (2010)
I've had my MLD Burn for a while now and find it very easy to give this pack top marks in all categories. I was looking for a good weekend pack (2-3 day duration) and was having a tough time findi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 19, 6:04pm