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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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Montbell Super Spiral
Montbell has finally posted their new model sleeping bags for 2010. I've been stalling on buying a new bag until they announced their new line-up. Now the decision... do I go for the new U.L...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Spiral
March 12, 4:32pm

UL Grizzly Bear Repellent
Bob - In some of the National Parks in Canada certain trails are closed to anything but a large group of hikers (I think 6 is the magic number) when bear activity is high in the area. It's ...

In GEAR » UL Grizzly Bear Repellent
March 07, 1:06am

New to lightweight backpacking
>>The Montbell Thermawrap jacket looks to be ideal. Combined with a baselayer shirt (have not decided between wool or Capilene) and the Mica jacket, is this a good lightweight 3 season combin...

In Gear Lists » New to lightweight backpacking
March 05, 1:06am

GPS Newbie
The electronic compass on a GPS does provide an added benefit (that I don't use) and is there to compensate for the fact that the directional input on your GPS screen is only good when you are ...

In GEAR » GPS Newbie
March 03, 2:13pm

GPS Newbie
Selecting the "best" GPS depends on what features you want. The Colorado, Oregon and Dakota are aimed at the Geocaching market and have poor battery life and a pile of features that don&...

In GEAR » GPS Newbie
March 03, 8:15am

GPS Newbie
Miguel - The Garmin Hcx is a really good unit. If you are night hiking in dangerous terrain, I would suggest that a GPS is only useful if you have existing tracks to follow. A GPS will alw...

In GEAR » GPS Newbie
March 03, 12:25am

Vancouver 2010
@David - I picked mid June because of the tides... perfect for a walk that leaves Renfrew. A yo-yo would be amazing, if you decide to do it, let me know and I can help out with a re-supply (as lon...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vancouver 2010
February 22, 7:31pm

Vancouver 2010
Dan - Maybe do a few test paddles on a Neoair :) I read somewhere that if you get into trouble on the trail when it's closed and you have to get hauled out, you pay the rescue cost. Some...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vancouver 2010
February 22, 1:59am

Vancouver 2010
>> Personally, if anyone thinks Vancouver is nice, they need to get out to Vancouver Island - amazing.<< Family Guy - I think you are mistaken, Vancouver is a MUCH nicer place to boo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vancouver 2010
February 21, 9:43pm

Analyze my 2010 Gear List
>> Most of my hiking is in Alaska << With a clothing total of under 8 oz. and no rain gear or insulation layers, I'm not sure why you've listed this as a 3 season gear list. ...

In GEAR » Analyze my 2010 Gear List
February 20, 5:49pm

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