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Matthew Swierkowski (Berserker) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me I've been backpacking for several years, and am not an ultralight guy...I'm probably teetering on the line between light weight and traditional. I normally carry 25 - 35 lbs (total weight including food and water). I typically go on 5 - 6 trips a year consisting of weekend trips with a longer (1 - 2 weeks) one mixed in there. I have been section hiking the AT since late '07, and am a quarter of the way through it. Other than the AT and local hikes I have also hiked in the Sierras and Southern Utah.
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All Forum Posts by Matthew Swierkowski

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Re: Sil-nylon Misting
"Yes doing it that way it is a pain but also the wrong way..." Oh come on Franco, there's really no wrong way to do it...just easier ways :-) Seriously though, your method of ad...

In GEAR » Sil-nylon Misting
March 30, 2:22pm

I got a PM asking for more info on the treatments I have mentioned here and in other threads (the "painting" method and the Aksto spray). Since I ended up typing up a lenghty detailed re...

In GEAR » Sil-nylon Misting
March 30, 9:22am

Re: are there many cottage industry custom clothing/gear makers...the real deal?
I have the following items: McHale Packs -Popcan pack Gossamer Gear -ThinLight pad -Light Trek 4 poles Tarptent -Squall (original version I bought from Henry back in 2004) -Double Rai...

In GEAR » support the cottage industry clothing/gear...the real deal!
March 26, 10:26am

I see the sil misting thread was resurrected. I had forgotten about it. I looked at my original post, and I have an update on the Aksto spray on silicone. It worked ok. Now I have to preface th...

In GEAR » Sil-nylon Misting
March 26, 10:08am

Re: Do I really need a pack cover?
I agree with those who say you do not need a pack cover. I also agree with other camp that says that a pack cover is a nice thing to have. I personally use a pack cover, and I have a Circuit....

In GEAR » Do I really need a pack cover?
March 24, 10:24am

Re: do you train for backpacking? How?
In general, I exercise year round to stay in shape. My main exercise includes walking/jogging on trails, inline skating and weight lifting (more to tone than build muscle mass). I actually do tra...

In Philosophy & Technique » do you train for backpacking? How?
March 18, 11:36am

I'll third it
Southern Utah is got to be one of the most diverse areas in the US as far as scenery goes. There's all the parks Ben mentioned, and you aren't that far from the Grand Canyon if you want to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recommend British Person holiday destination
March 18, 11:22am

Re: Re: Toes getting beat up
Re: Craig Thanks for the input. I re-read Roger's post and may try some of that stuff. In general I have come around to the minimal footwear philosophy as of late, and the TRs I hike in I fe...

In GEAR » Shoe/boot research
March 18, 9:36am

Toes getting beat up
This is interesting because I just got done typing all this up to start a new thread, and then I saw this one. I have been wearing size 13 shoes for years and years without problems except whe...

In GEAR » Shoe/boot research
March 17, 4:00pm

Silicone "Refurb"
In repsonse to the posts talking about painting diluted silicone on a Moment, I have done this on my Squall. I addressed it in multiple threads, but I give a good description of what I did here: h...

In GEAR » TT Rainbow 2010
March 17, 10:35am

All Reader Reviews by Matthew Swierkowski

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Princeton Tec EOS
I’ve been using this headlamp (both the original and newer version) for years. The reviewers above pretty much covered everything with this headlamp, so I am not going to repeat all that. It’s light...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 02, 10:52am

Hilleberg Akto
I have used this tent many nights over the last few years. It has been my main inclement weather/winter tent, so it typically sees the worst weather I go out in. Well, let’s get right into this. ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
March 02, 10:50am

Tarptent Squall
I have been using this tent off and on for a few years now, and it has served me well. I use it as a solo tent. I have the original version in sil-nylon (the pre-Squall II version). I use trekking ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
March 02, 10:49am

Western Mountaineering Caribou
Since I bought this bag in 2004 (I think), this has probably been one of my most used pieces of gear. Being someone that does sound engineering on the side (as a hobby of sorts), I always feel that I...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 02, 10:47am