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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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Another tip
I learned something the hard way recently. I have sealed a few tents over the past few years using various methods. When I got my new DuoMid late last year I wanted to get 'er sealed up as qu...

In GEAR » Seam Sealing a Tarptent
March 09, 3:40pm

Re: Long weekend hike- damascas to grayson?
Taking everything mentioned above and consolidating it, you could consider parking in Damascus, getting a shuttle to Grayson Highlands SP, and hiking the AT back to your car. From Grayson Highland...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Long weekend hike- damascas to grayson?
March 02, 1:08pm

Re: Eastern US- synthetic sleeping bags?
Yep, I use down too. I use a WM Caribou most of the time, and a WM Versalite in the winter. As others have said just make sure to keep it as dry as possible, and dry it out when the opportunity a...

In GEAR » Eastern US- synthetic sleeping bags?
February 25, 10:25am

Re: Footwear for the Southern AT in this Weather.
I'm a recent convert to trail runners, and I go back to the boots with gaiters (low) for snow. I have tried light weight boots with more flexible soles, and old school full grain leather boots...

In GEAR » Footwear for the Southern AT in this Weather.
February 15, 10:13am

Re: Newbie needs pack fitting advice
As others above have suggested you may have to just work this thing out over time if you don’t get it on the first try. When I first started backpacking I went with all the recommendations for p...

In GEAR » Newbie needs pack fitting advice
February 02, 1:34pm

MLD Mids
Since the MLD mids have been brought up I will throw in another recommendation for them. I am personally sectioning the AT, and I recently bought a DuoMid and a Soul side zip bivy for use on the A...

In GEAR » 2 shelters dilema
January 28, 10:40am

Dropping boxes a must
"I wouldn't have to worry about running out of cigars either." Running out would be the single biggest travesty of the entire other reason needed for the decision to drop...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Erwin to Damascus AT section hike help!
January 27, 10:46am

"That's the best part. Roan Highlands is simply magnificent. In 700 miles of section hiking the AT it is my favorite area. Grayson Highlands is a close second." Yeah, I have heard ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Erwin to Damascus AT section hike help!
January 26, 1:57pm

Re: Erwin to Damascus AT section hike help!
Another option to the public parking is the parking at MRO’s (Mount Rogers Outfitters) hostel. They charge a small fee ($2 a day I think). I would highly recommend checking out

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Erwin to Damascus AT section hike help!
January 26, 11:12am

Guyline lengths and pole height
I have yet to get out in the field with mine, but I have set it up in the yard several times to play around with it. My corner lines are about 1', the two side panel lines are about 2', an...

In Philosophy & Technique » Duomid guy line lengths
January 07, 11:07am

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