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karl hafner (khafner) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale upstate NY
About Me Was brought up on a large farm, so I have always enjoyed the outdoors. Began doing winter backpacking during grad school in southern CA. Have continued it since coming back east. Was a licensed
NYS guide for many years. Continue with an interest
in fall winter backpacking. Have made family med my career.

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micro adventure
Went to the white mountains and stayed in the parking lot overnite and got woke up by the ranger for sleeping in the parking lot. That cost me a ticket (wilderness trail parking lot). Still was a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Microadventures: Breaking Down the Barriers of Visiting a Wild Place
August 05, 12:38pm

bear vaults
I like to keep the canister somewhat in sight and definitely within hearing distance. I have watched chipmunks eat thru the old barrel style plastic bear vaults in under 90 minutes. Have the phot...

In Philosophy & Technique » Where to Put Bear Canister at Night
June 10, 12:56pm

fishing cedar lake
There are several canoes and flat boats stored around cedar lake. If you go again email and I'll tell you where to look. There location changes depending on water level. karl

In Fishing » West Canada Lakes Wilderness
March 18, 12:21pm

filter filtering
It should be easy to make a solution of a common bacteria and run tests to check. It would be very difficult to do for viruses. It is easy to plate and check agar plates. It would be interesting...

In Editor's Roundtable » RapidPure Filters Review
September 25, 3:12pm

how much would the wt change if it was all dyneema? thanks

In Editor's Roundtable » The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
September 10, 2:10pm

Why buy a stove that you have to modify? I had one of the first XGK stoves from MSR. While they are field serviceable now they were not originally you had to send it back to them. It failed (plu...

In GEAR » The New "Worlds lightest cannister stove"?
August 14, 9:29am

wintering backpacking
I agree that skis can be more fun. If you don't ski don't start here to learn. Re: bags I have -30 bags -20 bags 20 degree bags and 32 degree bags. I almost always now days take the 32 a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Some questions about winter camping in the Sierras.
August 13, 2:09pm

bear resistant containers
While I agree that we must keep our food away from the animals, the garcia bear vault is not the solution. I have witnessed squirrels and chipmunks chew their way thru them in under an hour in the...

In GEAR » Bear Vault in the Dacks???
August 13, 1:56pm

caffin winter stove
I received your winter stove with the 300 head. Quality control is excellent. The build construction is beyond what other stove makers do. It works as advertised and is so very light. ( This from ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
July 24, 6:51am

foot care
great article. Enjoyed the updates. I have used the various forms of crazy glue and have had much better success with the vet form. The standard crazy glue goes on lumpy, and comes off within a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
July 24, 6:36am

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