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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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Privacy
I don't see anything wrong with having encrypted phones in common use. Our privacy as citizens has been so eroded over the past 20-30 years that I often feel we have none left. Keeping it eas...

In Chaff » iPhone 6 design purposefully evades surveillance
September 27, 12:29pm

Systems
I'm not sure I agree that the US political system is better than the others. Different? Sure. But is it better than, say, the parliamentary system used in the UK or Canada? Hard to say. I&...

In Chaff » The Question of Militarism/Empire
September 24, 11:57am

Most of them
I've been buying backpacking and mountaineering gear for over 60 years now and have seldom been disappointed with the quality of items I have bought. I have found a consistent pattern of an i...

In GEAR » What manufacturers do you trust?
September 15, 2:11pm

Sawyer Squeeze bag longevity?
The one I'm using is the newer version, 1 liter. So this year, it has lasted for a 4 day trip in Arizona and 21 days on the JMT. It is showing signs of wear though. I roll the bag down rathe...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze bag longevity?
August 29, 6:38am

Cut off Platy.
I use the bottom half of a 2 L Platypus water bottle as a scoop/pouring spout. It gave second life to a leaking Platy and serves as a lightweight way to fill the Sawyer water bag from shallow and ...

In GEAR » Sawyer Mini Tips
August 15, 6:44pm

Mailing to TM
It cost me about $15 to ship three+ days food from SE Arizona to TM using Priority Mail. The package weighed around six pounds IIRC. You can get a shipping cost estimate on the USPS website. You ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » skipping TM and VVR and just going to Reds and MTR
July 10, 12:42pm

skipping TM and VVR and just going to Reds and MTR
In 1954 I hiked the JMT starting with all of the food I would need for the entire trail. I was 17 days on the trail and started with about 25 pounds of food and 14 pounds of gear. So yes, what yo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » skipping TM and VVR and just going to Reds and MTR
July 10, 11:53am

How light is light?
I'm 77 years old. I'm leaving to solo the JMT in a few days. My base weight with bear can is14 pounds. For the first half of the walk I'll be carrying 21 pounds or less: two re-suppl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How light is light?
July 09, 6:41am

How many sleeping bags do you own?
Two. One is a 28 oz Marmot Helium I use in colder weather, the other is a 19 oz Western Mountaineering Summerlite I use in warmer conditions. I am a three season backpacker. I spend most of my ...

In GEAR » How many sleeping bags do you own?
July 09, 6:26am

Inreach
Yeah, I have had messages delivered as much as 6 hours after I sent it out. Never had a non-delivery though.

In Gear Lists » Spot?
July 01, 4:36pm

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