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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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Lakes should be fine
They are deep, and won't dry up. The creeks between are another matter, so you'll want to check your route carefully and make sure that you water up where you need to traverse a long dry s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » sierra dry?
July 01, 7:58pm

or our site
We have a site dedicated to encouraging people to go backpacking. Tons of commercial activity at all:

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What article would you send to a total newb?
July 01, 7:56pm

Good advice here
Start small and do it above the treeline. Once you get a sense of how the topo map and compass apply to the real world, you can begin to find your route in other areas. Practice by tracking y...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Off Trail Route Planing
June 26, 9:39am

Murrow like
I was feeling more like Bill Murray in Caddyshack...opening up the AA batteries!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early Season Warfare
June 24, 4:24pm

Early Season Warfare
In mid-June at 10,200 feet, Roosevelt Lake was a wonderland. And it was also wondrously full of close encounters of the flying kind. The mosquitoes were so bad that we were not only wearing insec...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early Season Warfare
June 24, 11:00am

Camping too close for comfort
On our last backpacking trip, after spending a couple of days off trail and away from people, we arrived at a nice lake that is on a regular trail, seven miles in from the trailhead. Yep, we were ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Camping to close for comfort
June 23, 11:34am

Grouse Ridge
I agree with this recommendation---if you can get your car to the trailhead. High Clearance helps. Another option might be Winnemucca or Round Top lakes out of Carson Pass...although the fishi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Northern CA trip with 8 yr old
June 23, 9:21am

Yosemite: Conness Canyon XC to Roosevelt Lake
We arrived in Yosemite on Sunday evening and were amazed to find campsites available at Porcupine Flat. In fact, the campground was more than half empty all night…and they had spaces at the Tuolu...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite: Conness Canyon XC to Roosevelt Lake
June 21, 11:04am

How high are the bugs?
We had a real Sierra experience with mosquitoes this last week in Yosemite. (TR to follow in a day or two—I’m working on it!) We had hiked cross-country to Roosevelt Lake. The first night in Co...

In Post-Trip Reports » How high are the bugs?
June 20, 9:54am

Would fit the bill. Start and Echo Lake and hike north until you want to turn around. Lake Aloha, Velma Lakes, Rockbound Creek... Or X-country out of Tuolumne Meadows---Budd Lake to Echo Lak...

In Pre-Trip Planning » looking for a good 3 day sierra trip.
June 11, 11:10pm

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