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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Whistle
Agreed. We've even had the opportunity to test this--getting separated while wandering around an isolate watershed. Tried calling out, and got no answer at all. Then tried the whistle, and g...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Value of PLBs, Even During an "Organized" Outing
September 01, 9:04am

Good advice here
And some good stories. I have a series of exercises that I do---and when I do them, my back seems to be fine. But let me spend a couple of weeks without them, and all sorts of bad things start to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Herniated disc :-( whinging
August 27, 2:28pm

I agree!
I also really like the awards ribbons at the end of the hike. How come I never get those???

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT 2015
August 26, 3:15pm

Protecting Wilderness
This may belong in Chaff...but since it is so pointedly aimed at the preservation of the Sierra: If you love the Sierra and want to do what's best for it, the place to start is with a group...

In On the Web » Protecting Wilderness
August 25, 9:44am

Nice report!~
Thanks for posting it. That may be all that many of us are going to see of that area this summer---with the fire closing access to Cedar Grove, and the smoke making most of SEKI kind of a mess

In Post-Trip Reports » Rae Lakes Loop 7/27-7/29
August 24, 4:14pm

Sonora Pass is stil smoky
Some of that may be from the Walker Fire....but we chose to stay lower down, and West of the crest this last weekend. Sad season

In Pre-Trip Planning » SEKI Smokeout
August 24, 4:11pm

Do you want feedback?
As someone who teaches, I would agree that what you have created is a "brain dump." But that's not usually how people learn or assimilate information. You are correct, that there ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Everything I Know About Backpacking in California's Eastern Sierra
August 24, 3:50pm

Cordillera Blanca
We spent two days and nights in Huaraz, at 10,000 feet, before taking the hike. And then the first day climbed to about 12K, the second day to 13.5K, and the third day took us over the pass at 15,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Diamox vs Ibprofin for AMS?
August 18, 7:27pm

Diamox
My wife and I both took Diamox before our first trip to the Andes in Peru. I stopped after a few days, because I didn't think it was doing anything for me. She continued, but also felt that h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Diamox vs Ibprofin for AMS?
August 18, 3:50pm

Thanks
Got it. Although having hiked both of those routes I am not sure why someone would take the PCT...it is not as scenic in any way.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wildfire- Help Me Pick a New Trip
August 18, 11:39am

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