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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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Delorme InReach or Other???
I've used the Spot Connect (works with my iphone) for the past year and gave up on it. Great idea but poorly implemented in my opinion. I have just bought an inReach and have done a few tria...

In GEAR » Delorme InReach or Other???
January 10, 4:24pm

Favorite Piece of Gear...
Definitely my (highly customized) MLD Burn frameless pack. I had Ron add side compression straps and a padded waist belt and I added an external zipper pocket. The enhancements have made this ...

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
January 10, 2:56pm

What's your favorite 3-season 1P tent?
>> The Fly Creek UL1 is for those no taller than about 5'9" and even then there is little side to side room. << I've used the Fly Creek UL1 for the last 3 years and I...

In GEAR » What's your favorite 3-season 1P tent?
January 08, 12:32am

My neoprene socks didn't work
I've used 5 mil neoprene fishing waders for years for steelhead fishing in water that is just slightly above freezing and I can only last 3-4 hours tops before my feet are frozen. My feet are ...

In GEAR » My neoprene socks didn't work.
January 04, 9:11pm

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

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