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Charles G. (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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All Forum Posts by Charles G.

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Canon Powershot A570
I'm sure you can find one of these used for under $150. It has variable focal length so telephoto and wide angle photos within limits. It weighs about 5.5 oz and takes two AA Batteries. Good...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » point and shoot AA batteries <150?
January 28, 12:20pm

Speak your mind.
Justin, you need to stop hiding behind these pleasant evasions and learn to say what you really think. :)

In Chaff » FREE Home Security System!!
January 26, 6:20am

Lightweight in the 50's
The Sierra club published a book about 1953 titled "Going Light With Backpack and Burro". It made a case for light packs for wilderness trail hiking. Actually, the only thing that has c...

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 21, 4:40pm

UV water treatment including water containers"Y
I've been using Steripen UV treatment for about seven years now. My complete kit is the Steripen Adventurer, a small silnylon stow bag and the bottom 60% of a Platypus roll-up water bag. My w...

In GEAR » UV water treatment including water containers
January 14, 12:40pm

Old Guys Backpacking
I'm 77 pushing 78 and did the JMT solo this past summer in 21 days including a rain-induced zero day near Forester Pass. Light gear and a good pack (Elemental Horizons Kalais) were important a...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 02, 5:26am

Lockers at campsites?
Alex, do you know whether they still have the steel storage lockers at the campsites in the high Chisos? When I was last there in 2007, I believe, there were storage lockers at most of the designa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Interesting bear can policy for Big Bend National Park
December 31, 9:05am

Subaru head gasket issues
Check out the various Subaru forums. There are numerous complaints about head gasket failures and repair costs in the area of $3000. There are also complaints of interior noise especially on the ...

In Chaff » Vehicle Recomendations
December 21, 11:00am

Very light & tightly sealing plastic food storage recco?"
I use lightweight plastic sandwich bags with a heat sealer to package my food. Most freezer bags weigh about 8 gm each compared with about 1 gm ea for a sandwich bag. If you use a heat sealer, yo...

In GEAR » Very light & tightly sealing plastic food storage recco?
November 19, 7:55am

Elemental Horizons Kalais
I've had a Kalais now for about 2.5 years. I used it for a 2013 half hike of the JMT, a 2104 JMT thru-hike, several 4 day trips in the Grand Canyon, a 3 day trip in the Chisos Mountains (start...

In GEAR » Elemental Horizons Kalais
November 09, 11:22am

Personal locator Beacons (PLB's) recommendations
I'll second the recommendation for the Delorme Inreach. I've been using one now for about 9 months including 3 weeks on the JMT. It gives two-way communication, you know whether a message...

In GEAR » Personal locator Beacons (PLB's) recommendations
November 02, 5:28am

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm