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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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Water vs. DWR
It's also important to realize that pressure comes from different sources. In camp, when it's raining (heavy or light) I wear my waterproof pants because I like to sit down on wet stuff (l...

In GEAR » Water vs. DWR
December 12, 12:56pm

Polycarbonate controversy
>> ...so many of the Nalgenes I can't remember which ones were my pee bottles... Hey, I never thought of that... at least if I stop drinking out of them I won't have to throw them ...

In GEAR » Polycarbonate controversry
December 11, 9:53pm

Convertible / Zip-Off Pants ?
On the majority of my overnight trips I wear convertible pants as shorts when I’m hiking and the legs are back on as soon as I’m in camp. I’m generally in pretty bad mosquito or black fly c...

In GEAR » Convertible / Zip-Off Pants ?
December 08, 1:36am

ultralight backpacking in the desert, carrying water
You don't seem to have a contingency plan for an unexpected breakdown. I’ve had a rim collapse without warning, a peddle break off and a gear changer malfunction… any of these would leave ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ultralight backpacking in the desert, carrying water
December 06, 3:15pm

Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
Thanks for the posts folks, it's helped me to develop a plan to try to resolve (or ease) the problem I'm having with my knees. I think I'll buy some poles and give them an honest try (...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
December 01, 2:08am

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Edited: Old avatar moved to the archives... Current avatar: Backpacking in Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park -- July 2008. Still 3-5 feet of snow in some areas and some frozen lakes.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
November 27, 6:16pm

Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
>>What do your friends say about your technique? My friends wonder why I carry the poles instead of using them... perhaps you are right that I'm not giving them a chance. Maybe the cu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
November 23, 12:43am

Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing...
>> It always helps to remember that many years ago no-one used trekking poles... Many years ago I did the same thing that I do now... if I need a stick to help me cross a stream or an icef...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
November 22, 3:57pm

Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
I’ve been struggling with this one for several years now and just haven’t been able to convince myself that I need them or that they will help my knee problems. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve re...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
November 22, 12:48pm

Cleaning Straps...
If you use the bathtub approach go easy on the soap. I over did the soap on one of my day packs and every time it rained I could see white soap suds on my black rain jacket.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stinky Straps
November 19, 3:58pm

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