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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: Do you know how to turn a normal pack into a Spectra pack?
Or you can sell your current pack and buy a McHale dyneema pack.

In GEAR » Do you know how to turn a normal pack into a Spectra pack?
May 31, 10:47am

Re: tarptent?
Another vote for the Tarptent, except I'm gonna recommend the Squall Classic. I have an original Squall (sil-nylon), and it is a wonderfully gigantic shelter for 1 person. You can lay all you...

In GEAR » tarptent?
May 22, 12:05pm

Re: Tyvek Ground Sheet/Cloth for Tent?
If you have any new housing developments being built in your area cruise through there and go through the trash. I know that sounds nasty, but usually there will be some piles of wood and other de...

In GEAR » Tyvek Ground Sheet/Cloth for Tent?
May 18, 11:06am

Cocoon UL 60 pants
When it was possible to pre-order the subject pants I was about to get a pair, but I have no experience with the Cocoon line. Does anyone have any experience with the subject pants (I know they...

In GEAR » Cocoon UL 60 pants
May 16, 11:17am

Shell comments
There was a thread posted back on 2/12/2007 called "Western Mountaineering Versalite and Condensation". Go check it out if you haven't already as I think there are some good comments...

In GEAR » help with new sleeping bag
May 16, 11:09am

Re: Silk liners
I use a silk liner primarily to keep stuff off of the inside of my bags, but have found as other posters have mentioned that the liner is a pain. I move around a lot in my sleep, and the liner get...

In GEAR » Silk liners
May 11, 11:12am

Re: Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
I'm still in the experimental stages, but the short answer for me is it depends on the temperatures. In general, if it is going to be above 50 degrees I'm probably gonna go with my Equinox...

In GEAR » Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
April 05, 11:43am

Re: You know you've hit bottom when..
I haven't hit the low point yet cause I am not yet truly a UL'er. But so far on the way down I have bought 4 packs, 5 sleeping bags, a couple of stoves, tons of shoes/boots, a few tents an...

In GEAR » You know you've hit bottom when..
April 04, 11:17am

Re: What do you sleep on?
3/4 length TR Prolite 4 with a short piece of a cheap blue foam pad for my legs and feet. The blue foam pad piece also makes a nice camp chair.

In GEAR » What do you sleep on?
March 21, 11:07am

Tarptents and Akto
Glenn you Tarptent hater be gone...I'm just kidding. I'm sure everyone has their own item that others would disagree with. Mine is probably my McHale pack. It's a little over 4 lbs, ...

In GEAR » Question for Franco the Rainbow Warrior
March 19, 11:45am

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