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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Premium 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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Any good deals on Spot II
If you can buy it in Canada, you can get it cheap. http://www.gpscity.ca/spot-2-satellite-gps-messenger.html http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/spot2.html

In GEAR » Any good deals on Spot II
June 22, 10:33am

Ultralight Tent options
If you leave behind some of the "extras" (use 6 pegs, no stuff sacks etc.), my Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 weighs in at 33 oz. Good width and the length is OK for anybody up to 6 ft tall. N...

In GEAR » Ultralight Tent options
June 22, 1:34am

Map & compass
@Roger Come on Roger, you're a scientist... move with the times. The satellite coverage was a bit thin back then... otherwise, who knows :)

In GEAR » Map & compass
June 16, 4:40pm

Mike - I find that interesting. We have incredibly different environments to navigate in, but the problem here is the same. The difference is that we can't see the landmarks for the trees! ...

In GEAR » Map & compass
June 15, 4:10pm

Map & compass
Bob pretty much described what I use... Map, small compass and a GPS. The map is used constantly (custom printed section, with grids, folded up in an aloksak) Compass is a backup and never u...

In GEAR » Map & compass
June 15, 10:41am

Granite Gear Crown VC
>> except would you please come out with a size of the Crown in between the medium and large? ; ) << A big +1 on that comment!

In GEAR » Granite Gear Crown V.C. Shoulder Strap Tightness Issues.
June 13, 3:36pm

The CAFFIN tents come!
Congratulations on getting your tents to market! I do agree that they sound a bit narrow for us North Americans (large fellows). My Big Agnes UL2 is 52 inches wide across the top and 42 inches a...

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
June 08, 5:23pm

Wrist watch GPS
@Darren - Thanks for the mini-review. I look forward to seeing a detailed review. What is the real world battery life like? (specs say 50 hrs but what have you been getting?). >> but i...

In GEAR » Wrist watch GPS
June 08, 10:57am

A question of durability: Tarptent or SMD
I've not owned the Notch (yet) but don't be fooled by the floor space measurements. The single pole design of the Solo creates a very low, spacious side for storing gear etc, which is nice...

In GEAR » A question of durability: Tarptent or SMD
June 08, 10:38am

Wrist watch GPS
GPS watches tend to be ill suited to backpacking. Most of the ones I've looked at have rechargeable batteries with a short battery life and many won't show you location coordinates. Th...

In GEAR » Wrist watch GPS
June 07, 11:36pm

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