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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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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

ID Hot Socks v. Sierra Designs Down Mutts/Booties
You might want to check out Feathered Friends down booties. Really nice product and the outer boot can be removed so that you can sleep in the down inner boot. It's also nice to be able ...

In GEAR » ID Hot Socks v. Sierra Designs Down Mutts/Booties
October 21, 1:10pm

I'd definitely recommend the Garmin Etrex H series (the H is for high sensitivity so it will hold a satellite lock better). The "H" is the most important thing to look for if you dec...

In GEAR » Need GPS suggestions
October 14, 8:46pm

Your GPS 76CS doesn't compare to Garmin's new GPS units when it comes to maintaining a signal lock. Your old GPS 76CS had an older receiver that couldn't hold a satellite lock under he...

In GEAR » A "SIRF" Geko replcaement?!
October 13, 1:44am

West Coast Trail Gear Questions
Dan - When you end your JDF trail hike at Botanical Beach there is a short walk to the parking lot (less than a mile). This would be the best place to try to scrounge a ride. The problem i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 08, 10:56pm

Ride back...
Dan - Mystic is a good option, I like that little beach and have used it to test/experiment with new gear (easy bailout but still nice). Any day hikers will be gone by around 4:00 p.m. and you&#...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 08, 4:18pm

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