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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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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

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

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