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Mike W (skopeo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale British Columbia
About Me I enjoy fly fishing, backpacking and hiking... and although my pace has slowed down a little over the years, I find that I'm not in such a hurry anymore anyway.

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All Forum Posts by Mike W

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Spot vs PLB
>>Lots of discussion about reliability, but little consideration of cost.<< I think the cost (perhaps value is a better term) of each unit is very subjective. Ignoring reliability ma...

In GEAR » SPOT vs PLB (now that prices have changed)
November 02, 11:58pm

>>Mike, the SPOT signals are received by a commercial company from a commercial satellite. The PLB signals are received by the military from military satellites. Night and day difference to m...

In GEAR » SPOT vs PLB (now that prices have changed)
November 02, 6:01pm

Cell phone coverage is too unreliable at present (the hybrids sound promising though) and I would happily pay the subscription fee if the spot was more reliable. My question is how do you know...

In GEAR » SPOT vs PLB (now that prices have changed)
November 02, 1:42pm

Compasses, Maps, and All Those Scales...
I'm not familiar with the National Geographic Trails Series but my semi-educated guess would be that you are looking at a map product that was built to support a pre-rendered map cache that was...

In GEAR » Compasses, Maps, and All Those Scales...
November 02, 12:22am

The One, Lunar Solo e, Contrail, [Vamp]
I tried the Lunar Solo e and quite liked the design (tons of room for gear) and it's easy to set up. As long as you use your second trekking pole to stake out the head of the shelter with the l...

In GEAR » The One, Lunar Solo e, Contrail, [Vamp]
October 30, 9:42pm

Steripen Failure...
My Steripen Adventurer has been very reliable since I stopped using rechargeable batteries in it. I also carry some Micropur and an Aquamira Frontier drinking straw as a backup system since an...

In GEAR » (Possibly dangerous) Steripen Failure
October 29, 1:39pm

Strengthening knees
Cameron asked the question I was wondering about as well. I used to have serious knee pain while backpacking and even on day hikes with only a few pounds in my pack. As soon as I started using ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Strengthening knees
October 27, 12:32am

Juan De Fuca - Vancouver Island, BC - Oct. 19th - 23rd
Thanks for the trip report Dan, I was wondering how you made out. You are right, sand and rain don't mix! IMHO you didn't miss much by skipping the final section of the trail. It's...

In Post-Trip Reports » Juan De Fuca - Vancouver Island, BC - Oct. 19th - 23rd
October 26, 1:39am

ultra simple
I have used a few different types but I've settled on the Outdoor Research Utralite Dry Sacks. My 10 liter sack weighs 2 oz and the 5 litre sack weighs 1.6 oz. The reason I like this type i...

In GEAR » ultra simple
October 23, 10:15am

ultra simple
Using 2 light weight dry sacks has simplified things for me. One for my sleeping bag and the other for extra clothes. I never have to worry about anything getting wet or dirty. Rain or shine...

In GEAR » ultra simple
October 22, 11:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Mike W

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Mountain Laurel Designs Burn (2010)
I've had my MLD Burn for a while now and find it very easy to give this pack top marks in all categories. I was looking for a good weekend pack (2-3 day duration) and was having a tough time findi...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 19, 6:04pm