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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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Strange Foot Issues
Ozzy - I've experienced the problem you have described and did see the foot specialist but they treated me for plantar fasciitis and a heel spur (I also had these issues) but they didn't...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Strange Foot Issues
March 14, 1:17am

Stuff sacks for sleeping bags
If you get a lot of rain in your area the way I do, you should go with a light weight ultra-sil dry bag for your SB. The So-Cal folks can get away with a trash bag but that has never worked for m...

In GEAR » Stuff sacks for sleeping bags
March 14, 12:51am

Titanium pots - snow peak vs msr vs ?
I've used the SP Mini Solo for a few years now and will pass on some comments that may be helpful. To start with I will comment that I prefer the Mini Solo over my MSR Ti pot even though it...

In GEAR » Titanium pots - snow peak vs msr vs ?
March 08, 9:13pm

New product that radically shifts how backpackers approach field hydration
Perhaps it's a dual use item... combination pee bottle and water purifier. Just don't mix up the caps!

In GEAR » "New product that radically shifts how backpackers approach field hydration"
March 07, 3:17pm

Monkey Business...
When I was a teen (just out of school), a group of 5 of us decided to do a cross Canada car camping tour (poorly timed in the shoulder season). The old Ford was pretty cramped with five of us insi...

In GEAR » Macgyver Moment
March 07, 1:06am

For those of you who love short pads...
I use a NeoAir short pad and a sit pad for my feet. I used a Prolite short pad before that (both pads are 48" x 20"). I have never had an issue with my legs hanging off the end as the...

In GEAR » For those of you who love short pads...
March 05, 7:34pm

Mapping Gps, who is using what?
Something to consider if you buy the Garmin mapping is that if you buy mapping on a media card you can only use the mapping on the GPS (not on your computer). If you buy it on a DVD, you can use i...

In GEAR » Mapping Gps, who is using what?
March 02, 9:20pm

Damage from backpacks
>> My son's (6th grade) backpack weighs, on average, 27 pounds. We've put it on the scale. << I think this is a real concern. At age 18 my son had to have back surgery to re...

In Philosophy & Technique » Damage from backpacks
February 28, 10:06am

good hiking gps under $150
Both the Etrex 20 and Dakota 10 are good devices but here's a few things to consider: Dakota 10: Touch Screen can be a hassle if you are wearing gloves Touch screens are less sensitive in ...

In GEAR » good hiking gps under $150
February 28, 9:57am

Wildlife...
>> I think the KFC Double Down is far more dangerous to our species than any of the predators we're talking about here. << Very true, but I'd much prefer eating myself to dea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best wildlife encounters?
February 27, 4:39pm

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