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Charles Grier (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 Grier

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intense emotions at altitudeI
I lived in the Puget Sound area for over 30 years and climbed Mt. Rainier a lot: over 35 ascents via most of the established routes. Most people who climb Rainier (including me) would leave sea le...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » intense emotions at altitude?
September 23, 4:02pm

Pro vs. con
I have posted this on another forum; I think it is appropriate here as well. A friend sent me this. I thought it hit a bit too close to the truth: "If con is the opposite of pro, is congres...

In Chaff » Pro vs. con
September 21, 8:44am

Open primaries
I'm involved with the organization "Open Primaries". They advocate open non-party primaries with the two candidates gathering the most votes facing one another in a runoff. In theo...

In Chaff » Hillary Clinton (an indirect look, so to speak)
September 20, 9:33am

Chiropractic is based on the notion that (virtually) all human ailments result from misalignment of the spine. "Cures" then result from realignment of the spine. Since the early days, c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Herniated disc :-( whinging
September 20, 9:00am

Wet ground (Scotish Highlands) without a bathtub?"
In my limited experience in Scotland (western Highlands, Skye) I believe that a bathtub floor might not be necessary but would give you more flexibility in choosing campsites. IMO, the small weigh...

In GEAR » Wet ground (Scotish Highlands) without a bathtub?
September 19, 8:55am

Colorado Trail Closed Because of Bear Selfies
If they "left the park open and let nature take its course" somebody is likely to get hurt. Then, the law suits would start flying. The park management would have to spend huge amounts ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Colorado Trail Closed Because of Bear Selfies
September 14, 2:22pm

Glad and Ziplock snap-top containers.
"Where can you find three cup containers that can withstand boiling water, preferably round and with a leak proof lid?" I get them at Safeway or Fry's (one of the Kroeger stores). ...

In GEAR » Which makes better sense for solo?
August 02, 4:14pm

Which makes better sense for solo?
Dianne, I would recommend using a Ziplock three cup snap-top refrigerator storage container for rehydrating your meals. Glad makes one just like it BTW and both handle boiling water with no proble...

In GEAR » Which makes better sense for solo?
August 02, 10:11am

Voltaire “Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”

In Chaff » Retrospectively amusing list
August 01, 4:17pm

I'll second Ivo K's recommendation of the EH Kalais. I've been using packs for nearly 70 years and would place the Kalais at the top of the list for loads up to 35 pounds. I used my K...

In GEAR » Pack for when GG Gorilla overburdened?
August 01, 11:30am

All Reader Reviews by Charles Grier

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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