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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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Re: Sleeping bag delima
I live in the SE where we get our fair share of rain, and exclusively use down bags. As long as you keep them dry (or relatively dry) then you will be fine. The best things to do are to make sure...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag delima
April 22, 10:50am

Trash Compactor Bag
I 2nd the trash compactor bag idea. You can get a roll of 10 2-mil bags from Wal-Mart for less than $5. Cheap, tough and waterproof. And best of all if you ruin 1 you have 9 more.

In GEAR » Help selecting a waterproof stuff sack for storing my down sleeping bag
April 07, 11:33am

Re: Backcountry Cookfires: Overview and Techniques for Cooking Over an Open Flame
Good grief this thread got way off topic. I had to read through all that stuff to see what comments were actually made on the article. Anyway, I actually have a comment on the article. Someone...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Cookfires: Overview and Techniques for Cooking Over an Open Flame
April 02, 11:02am

Re: Re: Tarptent DR, Hilleberg Akto and Big Sky
Ok, you caught me...I should not have made that statement. I knew that the inner tent can be pitched separately, but I just don't know why anyone would want to do it. The inner tent is made o...

In GEAR » Need help choosing a Solo Shelter
March 12, 3:25pm

Tarptent DR, Hilleberg Akto and Big Sky
Based on others replies I thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I have two Tarptents (original Squall and Double Rainbow) and an Akto. I also have indirect experience with a Big Sky tent (my main ...

In GEAR » Need help choosing a Solo Shelter
March 11, 10:58am

Re: How light is enough?
Yeah, after going out this morning with 18 lbs on and feeling a little beat right now you are probably right. So I'll just stick to my "try it for yourself" advice. One could do a c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How light is light enough?
February 27, 11:14am

Re: How light is light enough?
I would recommend testing this out for yourself. Yeah, I know I'm the HEAVY WEIGHT guy from the weight poll, but I actually mess around with lighter weights during my training to keep the stra...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How light is light enough?
February 26, 10:01am

Re: Not East Coast/West Coast -- It is Yosemite
You know what is interesting though, people used to hand feed the bears in the Smokies, and those bears still never got to the point of ripping apart cars. I agree that it is probably an anomaly j...

In GEAR » Black bears, east & west
February 22, 11:08am

Re: Base Weight poll...
Alright, everybody sit down for this one I don't want you to pass out when you read this and hit your head on something. My base weight fluctuates between 18-25 lbs depending on the season. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Base Weight poll...
February 21, 11:17am

Re: Sat night campsite
Cool. I've camped in that area a bunch of times. It's one of my favorite places. Definitely an area where the wind could easily whip up too.

In GEAR » LIghtweight shelters on Mt Rogers.
February 21, 10:53am

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