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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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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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Peru
No, the food on the trails themselves is not fantastic, but the food in Peru is. You could do a nice trek in the Andes, and then eat amazing food in Peru. Influences include not only Spanish ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best trek for fabulous food
October 16, 9:22am

Whitney from the West
My guess is that they were referring to the John Muir Trail. It leads down from Yosemite all the way to Whitney Portal...and the last twenty miles takes you up to the top of Whitney and then down ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mt Whitney from the West
October 16, 9:20am

What do you do in the woods...
When do you speak up? Since many of the contributors on these forums are very experienced backpackers, I thought I’d share this survey that came out of an on-going correspondence with a coupl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you do in the woods...
October 14, 1:03pm

Senior Pass!
This was well worth the wait... https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-xAdu5rWQgPA/VDVrf-J4S8I/AAAAAAAAvGQ/3YUnkZTPngI/s720/IMG_9925.JPG This last weekend was an important one for us, because...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Senior Pass!
October 08, 10:59am

This is a great thread!
When I was much younger I used to carry a larger knife. Other than using it once during an all-day rain layover to carve an entire chess set from twigs, I never found a use for it.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 07, 9:14am

Unless it has obviously been left for a reason
We pack stuff out. We've kept and used a cook pot, toiletries bag, and a hiking pole. The mylar balloons, soda cans, odds and ends clothing, and micro-trash we pack out. We did leave a ve...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lost & Found on the trail
October 01, 9:48am

hatchet?
Man, do you really pack a hatchet on your backpacking trips? Is it an ultralight hatchet? grin Great photos and all, BTW.

In Post-Trip Reports » First snow of the year in Yosemite's Clark Range
September 30, 9:43am

Good question
Haven't been up there for several years myself. The last time we did it was in a Volvo wagon....and we were stunned to see a guy up there with a about a 1965 Ford Galaxy.... Must have been ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First solo trip, Northern CA or Northern NV, early October?
September 26, 11:53am

Grouse ridge
The other options that are very close to Reno are Grouse Ridge, of Highway 20 right where it meets I-80, or Carson Pass north. Grouse Ridge has loads of lakes within an easy walk of the ridge i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First solo trip, Northern CA or Northern NV, early October?
September 26, 9:15am

ICeland Fish
WE did that hike from the other site, up Summit Creek, last year. There are certainly fish in the smaller lake near Iceland, and a lot of fish in Ridge Lake. You are correct that Ridge doesn&#...

In Post-Trip Reports » Iceland Lake - September 2014
September 24, 10:54pm

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