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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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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

USB Charger...
I have a Solar Focus charger that works well when paired with Lithium AA batteries. It comes with rechargeable batteries but I prefer to use lithium non-rechargeables. Nice to be able to replace...

In GEAR » Portable USB Battery charger recommendations
January 26, 3:22pm

Big Agnes Slater series...
I like the look of the full solid inner. My biggest complaint about my Fly Creek is that the high mesh sides weren't extended to the door (the door is all mesh on the FC) which left it a bit d...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Slater Ul 2+
January 25, 11:42am

I have been eying this one for a while but have yet to buy one. Side vents and DWR and pretty light.

In GEAR » does anyone make such a hat?
January 24, 12:15am

Tarptent Notch...
>> Do you find the interior confining at all? << This is very much a personal thing... I don't mind small shelters. The Notch actually feels fairly roomy to me but somebody else...

In GEAR » Tarptent Notch + Large Neoair Xlite or Xtherm
January 21, 9:34am

Tarptent Notch + Large Neoair Xlite or Xtherm
I just received my Notch and was testing my pads in it this weekend and thought this might help. This is an old style rectangular Large NeoAir (25X77) and it fits fine. The tapered pads would b...

In GEAR » Tarptent Notch + Large Neoair Xlite or Xtherm
January 20, 5:31pm

Things to do near Sidney, BC (Vancouver Island) in February
I just saw this post... here are a few suggestions that vary considerably in driving distance and trail distance (you didn't say anything about time/distance constraints) but I'm assuming d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Things to do near Sidney, BC (Vancouver Island) in February
January 19, 1:03am

I think this is often a case of us having stereotypes predefined that skew our rational thought processes and it's not just men that do this. I was on the receiving end of this on a recent...

In Philosophy & Technique » Women and men on the trail
January 18, 1:16am

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