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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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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

>> 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

Big Agnes Scout 2
Couldn't the back pole be angled back to follow the line of the back wall or would this make the shelter unstable? It's difficult to tell in the photos if this would be possible. I've...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Scout 2
February 27, 7:59am

Best wildlife encounters?
Killer Whales (Orca's) have provided a few exciting encounters for me. I was fly fishing (wading waist deep) off the beach when two transient Killer whales suddenly appeared in front of me...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best wildlife encounters?
February 26, 12:39am

Summer Backpacking Weight Experiment
>> You don't need fleece - heavy for the small amount of warmth << Just to provide a different perspective... I totally disagree with Jerry. Over the years I have tried all the ...

In GEAR » Summer Backpacking Weight Experiment
February 23, 12:31pm

My NeoAir adventures...
I own both the large and the small NeoAirs but have used the small size almost exclusively on my trips. My small weighs 9 oz (exactly) which is lighter than the listed weight. Since my small Neo...

In GEAR » My NeoAir adventures.
February 09, 12:33pm

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