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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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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

You know you're an ultralighter when...
You will willingly wash your mouth out with horrible tasting soap to save 10 grams. Yet you cursed your parents for doing this to you when you were a kid.

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 02, 12:59am

What do you carry for First Aid?
>> Some people don't even put bandaids in their kit, because they know that a wound small enough to be covered by a bandaid probably isn't large enough to kill you. Of course, if the ...

In GEAR » What do you carry for First Aid?
January 31, 5:23pm

What traits do BPL members consider important in an online gear shop?
I'm with Craig W., for me it's about the total cost of the product (cost + shipping). I'm ordering from Canada so shipping costs are an important factor. I have purchased from ProLi...

In GEAR » From the owner of - What traits do BPL members consider important in an online gear shop???
January 30, 4:16pm

Lightweight and easy to setup shelter
I've only set up my Notch once and it's the easiest shelter that I've ever set up. First try worked perfectly (not sure how you could go wrong with only four pegs). It was really wi...

In GEAR » YAST - Lightweight and easy to setup shelter wanted
January 30, 3:45pm

Boys in the Wild...
Being the father of two boys, I have thought about this quite a bit. From what I've observed it's really a bit of "nuture" and "nature". I grew up in a family that did...

In Editor's Roundtable » Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
January 30, 3:31pm

New Granite Gear packs coming in March
Thanks for posting the link! Last year I wanted to buy the Crown VC60 but just didn't fit that pack. It only came in two torso lengths which neither one worked for me. The video says that ...

In GEAR » New Granite Gear packs coming in March
January 28, 3:22pm

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