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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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Do what works for you
My advice would be to wear it where it is comfortable. I think wearing the hipbelt up on the illiac crest is a good general starting point, but results may vary for some. I personally have to wea...

In GEAR » Doing it wrong?
November 19, 11:09am

Unique Foot Problem, Got Advice?
I am curious to know if anyone else has this problem, and how to solve it. Basically in a nutshell once my feet get wet, and in particular pruned up I am screwed. What I mean by this is that afte...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unique Foot Problem, Got Advice?
November 13, 9:41am

My Experience With Misting
I failed to mention my own personal experience with misting. It has happened to me twice that I know of. The first incident was in my Squall in a biblical deluge that lasted all night. I know th...

In GEAR » Sil-nylon Misting
October 24, 7:17am

Work Well With Inserts
I am a recent convert to trail runners, and I have a pair of '09 Hardrocks. It's the first pair of Hardrocks I have ever had so I cannot make any comparison to the previous versions. They...

In GEAR » Montrail Hardrock '09's
October 24, 7:02am

Sil-nylon Misting
In the spirit of what Ron Bell said on another thread where things got way off topic into the realm of sil-nylon misting, I thought I would start this thread. I’d like to get a spirited discussi...

In GEAR » Sil-nylon Misting
October 23, 10:01am

The misting is annoying but can be fixed
I agree that misting is problem, and it seems to vary depending on the quality of the sil-nylon (to which I have no way of determining the quality of different sil nylons myself other than experien...

In GEAR » Which fabric for DuoMid for my expected conditions?
October 22, 12:55pm

I can't comment on using the stove too much cause I still suck at building a fire in mine. The only advice that I can give there is once you get it going make sure you keep feeding wood in...d...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Wood Stove and Soot on the Pot
October 16, 10:53am

Vapor Trail and Ultralite Sold
The VT and Ultralite are sold. For all those making inquiries on the bivy feel free to contact me at birzirkir(at) rather than PMing. I'm not 100% sure if I have totally figured ...

In Gear Swap » FS: GG Vapor Trail, Bibler Tripod, WM Ultralite
October 15, 8:02pm

Reduced Prices
I have reduced the prices and added pictures for anyone interested.

In Gear Swap » FS: GG Vapor Trail, Bibler Tripod, WM Ultralite
October 13, 7:42pm

FS: GG Vapor Trail, Bibler Tripod, WM Ultralite
Ok, I reduced the prices, and add some pictures. SOLD****GRANITE GEAR VAPOR TRAIL PACK - $80****SOLD This is a lightly used pack that was bought a few years ago (can’t remember exactly wh...

In Gear Swap » FS: GG Vapor Trail, Bibler Tripod, WM Ultralite
October 10, 12:34pm

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