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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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sun protection
>> I just paint my torso and arms reflective silver. No need for a shirt at all.<< Looking good Doug!!

In GEAR » Long sleeve shirt for sun protection
January 02, 9:38pm

West Coast Trail boot suggestions
It's interesting that you mention the Merrell Ventilators because that's the shoe I've worn for many years and I hike a lot on the coastal trails here on Vancouver Island. The most imp...

In GEAR » West Coast Trail boot suggestions
December 29, 4:49pm

>> You don't need 40 years of lab time to know that plants underneath two feet of snow are dormant and unharmed. If the environment was that unstable, they'd close hiking up there. &l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Following the Rules in U.S. Forests?
December 28, 1:30am

Following the Rules in U.S. Forests?
From what I've read you are young and educated. You have been taught some science and some principles in the classroom but now you need "lab time" (get outdoors and observe). At yo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Following the Rules in U.S. Forests?
December 26, 6:54pm

It's a compromise...
Unfortunately, we are at a time when technologies are slowly merging and you have to pick what works best for how you travel. My son has just bought a camera that has a GPS built into it. It...

In GEAR » Android + Backcountry Navigator vs Garmin GPS devices.
December 26, 5:29pm

Photo of the thief...
After writing my story above, I vaguely recalled that my hiking partner snapped a shot of the thief. Found this photo in an old album... a bit fuzzy but maybe his hand was shaking. This event go...

In Philosophy & Technique » Having food stolen
December 24, 1:05am

Having food stolen
Many years ago (in the Rockies), I had a black bear clean my cook pot for me. We had just finished cooking dinner when it began to rain heavily. We quickly divided the dinner into our bowls and r...

In Philosophy & Technique » Having food stolen
December 22, 12:41am

Ibuprofen risk
>> exercise and manual therapy, NOT crap interventions like ultrasound or electrical stimulation << Oh, I really smiled at that one :)! I've long been a believer that if you ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ibuprofen risk
December 17, 1:33am

GPS Question
>> A coordinate system, a projection, and a datum are all different things << Actually, a datum and a map projection are coordinate systems. None-the-less, I think we are all sayi...

In GEAR » GPS Question
December 10, 12:55am

GPS Question
Scott is correct that you should be able to flip between projections and datums without any loss of ground accuracy as long as your projection and datum agree with the map you are referencing. I...

In GEAR » GPS Question
December 08, 10:08pm

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