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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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Winter UL fly fishing
I use neoprene dive booties with a rubber sole. They weigh in at 9 oz. per boot and pack nice and flat. I don't bother with felt soles but they could easily be added.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter UL fly fishing
February 02, 11:07pm

Cold breakfast, hot dinner...
>> I package the cereal and powedered milk in ziplocks before hand >> I do the same... maybe a Canadian quirk. I like hot dinners but on short trips I will occasionally just eat c...

In Philosophy & Technique » Meal Plan for thru-hike
February 02, 3:10pm

Deodorant choice...
I have never used deodorants on my backpacking trips, it just doesn't make sense. I carefully do food prep away from my camp, send my food and toothpaste etc. up a tree on a rope... and then I...

In Philosophy & Technique » Deoderant choice?
February 02, 2:18am

How do You Train?
>> One legged squats (never to failure) You will only have to fail once and the fun will be over. Take it from somebody that's been there (twice), don't stress the knees needles...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do You Train?
January 30, 1:41am

Packing your backpack...
I've found that a dry sack really help me reduce the volume of the compressible gear in my pack. The sack is not only water tight but it is temporarily air tight as well which allows me to squ...

In GEAR » Packing your backpack...
January 30, 1:33am

Synthetic or Down?
I recently bought the Thermawrap Jacket and have been doing some tests with it locally before heading out on any overnight trips (I don't like surprises). I hiked for over an hour with the jac...

In GEAR » Synthetic or Down?
January 27, 9:15pm

Map coordinates to GPS
There's a tool called Geocalc (freebee... google for it) that can do coordinate transformations for you. You still have to convert your coords from UTM to Geographics and Geocalc will do that....

In Philosophy & Technique » Map coordinates to GPS
January 24, 2:12pm

Map coordinates to GPS
Your GPS is set to display UTM coords (a map projection). You can just go into setup in your GPS and changes the coordinate reference to Geographic and the coordinates will match google earth. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Map coordinates to GPS
January 24, 12:48pm

How do You Train?
I find weight training really helps prepare my legs for backpacking (especially for the steep stuff). It's really important to include stretching into your weight training workout if you want ...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do You Train?
January 23, 9:29am

wound rrigation...
>> Does anyone else have ideas on improvised wound irrigators? Since reading Patrick's note I've been giving this some thought as well and I think I might get rid of my slightly ca...

In GEAR » What you shoud know about wounds.
January 21, 10:03pm

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