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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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All Forum Posts by Mike W

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Med Kit...
I've been lucky to have a doc that is an outdoors enthusiast because he has always been good about supplying me with prescriptions for my kit. Antibiotics (pills) for infected blisters, heavy ...

In GEAR » Any med people that carry lightweight med kits?
January 18, 2:04pm

daypack options from basecamp...
I do this kind of trip all the time (especially when on fishing trips) and I do Mark's #1 suggestion. The beauty of carrying compact gear is that you can use your pack as a daypack. I alw...

In GEAR » daypack options from basecamp
January 17, 8:41pm

Sleeping pad choices...
Since sleeping comfort is very subjective, saying the Thermarest is junk is just useless info. My experience with Thermarest is that they produce good quality pads but they tend to be heavy. I&...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad choices
January 16, 11:47am

Sleeping pad choices...
I've used the BA Insulated Air Core for a couple of years and it's the Gold Standard for comfort in my opinion. That said, you should be aware of a few things that I find bothersome about ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad choices
January 16, 12:49am

Sleeping Bag or Quilt?
I prefer a down bag but it must have a full zip so that I can use it as a quilt. When it's cool a bag is warmer because it reduces the drafts. My bag is a little heavier/bulkier than a quilt ...

In GEAR » When a Bag is Better than a Quilt
January 14, 1:57pm

insight into this discussion
Since you mentioned that this happens to you a couple of hours into the hike you might want to research hyperventilation as well. Even the slightest change in your breathing pattern can really cau...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vertigo
January 09, 12:38am


In GEAR » Moisture absorption in textiles
January 09, 12:14am

a Tasar Gun for Black Bear Protection?
Roleigh - Even if the taser could get through the fur I'd be concerned with the short lived effect that the tasers have. Very quickly after the jolt the bear will feel fine and maybe just ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » a Tasar Gun for Black Bear Protection?
January 06, 9:16pm

Mountain Hardwear Stilleto?
I haven't seen the Stilleto but based on the specs I think the interior size of the Seedhouse still makes it a winner. I have a seedhouse and the shoulder width is what really sold me on this ...

In GEAR » Mountain Hardwear Stilleto?
January 06, 12:58pm

I use the Snowpeak Mini Solo Titanium pot with a Primus Micron stove (with a built in piezo igniter). The pot can nicely hold a small can of gas, the stove, a small towel and a pot scrubber. The ...

In GEAR » Kitchen
January 01, 3:28am

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