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Matthew Swierkowski (Berserker) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
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: Poles
Got in a little late on this one, but I think your choice was a good one. Although I don't have experience with BD poles they should be plenty rugged for you to get some good experience using ...

In GEAR » Trekking Poles
January 19, 10:57am

Re: insights sought on how to pack tarptents please
I have 2 Tarptents (Double Rainbow and Squall), and I just stuff them. I don't use the supplied stuff sack, but rather an OR sil-nylon sack that is shorter but larger in girth than the supplie...

In GEAR » insights sought on how to pack tarptents please
August 04, 10:51am

Re: Need Weird Advice. Urgent!
I have something similar (or maybe even the same) to what you described. If you get bored and want to read about it I posted on in detail here:

In GEAR » Need Weird Advice. Urgent!
August 03, 10:40am

Steripen - usage with soft sided container
I know this was already covered once and I debated on resurrecting the thread, but I thought a new thread would be a better way to have this discussion. So I'm about to embark on the Steripe...

In GEAR » Steripen - usage with soft sided container
July 28, 10:30am

Re: GG Lightrek 4 Pole Strength
I'm 6'-5", but weigh considerably less than you (about 195 lbs). Nonetheless, I use LT4s at what is probably getting close to their maximum usable height. I have found that they seem...

In GEAR » GG Lightrek 4 Pole Strength
July 28, 10:19am

Good review, I've had similar issues
I've posted some of my experiences with the Hyperflow on BPL and another site or two. Following is the history of my Hyperflow. I bought it in 2008 when it first came out on the market, and i...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR Hyperflow Microfilter with Modified Cartridge Review
June 23, 11:22am

Re: ULA pack question
I have a 2009 Circuit, and I use the side pockets for my water. I carry two 1 liter platypus bottles, and 1 drinking tube (get a 1 liter Hoser and it comes with the bottle and the tube). I typical...

In GEAR » ULA pack question
April 07, 12:22pm

Love the Crocs
I'm going to politely disagree with the Croc bashing. It's pretty darn nice having a pair of airy footwear to put on around camp at night. I section hike the AT and run into thrus all the...

In Gear Lists » AT gear list
April 02, 2:27pm

Re: pad and bivy question
I have a similar setup that I just started using. Haven't had it out with my POE Ether pad yet though (I have been using my Z-Lite/Prolite combo since it's been cold), but I think my pad m...

In GEAR » pad and bivy question
April 02, 12:07pm

Re: Summer AT clothing
It would be nice to get some more specifics on where exactly you are going. I can’t speak for the NE, but the SE and presumably the mid-Atlantic states are likely to be quite warm during that pe...

In Gear Lists » Summer AT clothing
April 02, 9:07am

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