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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.
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Too much water for one ESBIT?
Bob, For me, one 14 gram ESBIT tablet will reliably boil two cups of water in a Sidewinder + Gram Cracker, even in very windy conditions. Three cups is barely boilable under near-ideal condit...

In Gear Deals » Esbit Burner
March 26, 8:14pm

Not quite unbreakable spoons
You might be interested in this thread: Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon I just bought the MSR Titan fork and spoon set made with polished titanium to reduce that yucky mouth feel. The fork a...

In GEAR » Sturdy long handled soup spoon?
March 26, 7:38pm

Re: Rafting Bill
Controversies over river trips in National Parks and other wild areas have raged for decades. Many parks allow a variety of boats under unique rules for each park. And each park adjusts the rules f...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 10
March 03, 10:12pm

New nobo PCT permit limits and online calendar
PCTA and Forest Service just announced new limits on PCT permits for northbound hikers starting at the Mexican Border - 50 per day: http://www.pcta.org/2015/improvements-southern-california-aim-...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT 2015 permit questions
February 06, 8:47pm

Why doesn't my phone run on propane?
Randall Munroe does his usual excellent job of explaining why a Zippo lighter contains a lot more energy that your smart phone: http://what-if.xkcd.com/128/ Reminds me of many BPL threads. ...

In On the Web » Why doesn't my phone run on propane?
February 05, 10:04pm

Try using your bag as a quilt
I also kept wondering if I would like a quilt and stay warm enough. But I couldn't justify buying a new quilt since my bag was "good enough." Then a few years ago, I started unzipp...

In GEAR » Going from a Bag to a Quilt
January 22, 7:35am

Two long coast redwoods loops
This loop in the Santa Cruz Mountains takes you through many miles of coast redwoods: http://tinyurl.com/100mileloop It's easy to cut off shorter loops and start at different locations. J...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best redwoods trip? Taking my 13 year old on a father daughter jaunt
January 18, 11:45am

Mealspec MRE heaters?
With tighter and tighter fire restrictions in the West, and not yet converted to cold dinners, I've kept looking for ways to cook without fire, even considering electricity :-) I stumbled up...

In GEAR » Mealspec MRE heaters?
January 14, 9:31pm

Re: How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking?
No family camping or backpacking, but I wandered on foot and bicycle alone from breakfast to sundown or dinner time, whichever came first. We moved a lot - 25 times in ten years, and some of those ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 12, 5:58pm

Re: Re: Question about gas canister longevity
I've had poorly protected canisters show significant rust in 1-2 years, and well-protected canisters show no rust well over 20 years after purchase. I'm more worried about gas leaking ou...

In GEAR » Who Makes All the Gas Canisters in the World?
January 12, 5:36pm

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