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Matthew Swierkowski (Berserker) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
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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Polycryo vs. window treatment from home improvement store
I was reading some other threads about the polycryo ground sheets, and saw a few people mention that the window treatment film that can be bought at a home improvement store is either similar or th...

In GEAR » Polycryo vs. window treatment from home improvement store
January 04, 2:42pm

Re: Best Practices for Cool Damp Weather Dressing
Tons of good advice already given so I won't regurgitate all that. The one thing I wanted to add is that getting cold in cold/damp conditions varies greatly from person to person. Some people...

In GEAR » Best Practices for Cool Damp Weather Dressing
December 24, 10:07am

Re: Which bivy do I buy? Your vote decides!
With no empirical data at this point I will throw in a vote for the Soul side zip. I just purchased a Soul side zip for use under a DuoMid, which I also just purchased. I have not used them in th...

In GEAR » Which bivy do I buy? Your vote decides!
December 24, 9:54am

Re: I need a boot/shoe recomendation
I used to think I had really narrow feet, but I found that after they swell up some from hiking they are not all that narrow. At any rate, I wear normal width (D) shoes and boots. Recently I trie...

In GEAR » I need a boot/shoe recomendation
December 24, 9:50am

Re: Who Uses Canister Stoves?
Having used everything except for esbit, I think the other posters here covered it well. It all depends on what you prefer, and your hiking style (i.e. how often you cook, what you cook, length of...

In GEAR » Who Uses Canister Stoves?
December 21, 11:34am

Re: site selection
Lay on the proposed site to see if you can feel any slope to it, and in what direction it is sloped. I usually do this by laying down my ground sheet, and then laying on that (since the ground is ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » site selection
December 07, 10:58am

Re: SE
Ok, it sounds like you have enough experience that your money should be well invested. You bring up a good point. I may not be as cold natured as I thought. I used to get cold real easy, and I...

In GEAR » Heading Out In December
November 24, 12:51pm

RE: Heading Out In December
I’m just curious, you said you were new to hiking. Do you plan to hike in cold weather regularly, or are you just trying it out? The reason I ask is that you are planning to spend a lot of cash...

In GEAR » Heading Out In December
November 24, 11:13am

Following are my thoughts on some of your questions. For the record, I am paranoid and filter my water as well as treat it with Aqua Mira. 1) Do you regularly replace the filter core in your pu...

In GEAR » Water Filter Failure
November 24, 10:40am

I'll pick up small stuff
Seems as though most of the places I have hiked here in the SE are trashed. I've seen everything from the normal random TP or food wrappers to tents, iron pans, sleeping pads and other wierd i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trash in the woods
November 20, 10:44am

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