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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.

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Re: Esbit going stale
To quote myself from an old thread:I used some five-year-old Esbit tablets that had been stored in my cool basement, original packaging, inside Ziploc bags, inside sealed buckets. These old tabl...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
May 30, 10:35pm

Closing the loop
Much of this territory was covered in this article and thread: Rescue Insurance for Backpackers

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The Air Ambulance Story Continues
May 06, 9:39pm

Air Ambulances: more of them and sky-high bills
Good article from Peter Eavis for the New York Times on air ambulances: Since 2000...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rescue Insurance for Backpackers
May 06, 9:30pm

News article about PLB/Spot/InReach use in California
Good article in the San Jose Mercury News by Heather Somerville: High-tech backcountry gear -- with wilderness smarts -- can save your life

In On the Web » News article about PLB/Spot/InReach use in California
April 24, 11:29pm

Good video: How to safely ford backcountry rivers
The Clever Hiker video on "How to safely ford backcountry rivers" is very good. One of the few "how to cross a river" videos or blog posts that covered all the basics, demonstra...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14
April 15, 10:18pm

Ordered - thanks!
Dan, Thanks for selling BGETs for those of us with no metal working skills. Why stainless steel versus titanium? -- Rex

In Gear Deals » Brian Green Esbit Tray BGET
April 13, 10:55pm

Re: Re: Long-term water cache test - more data
Glad you all found my accidental experiment useful. David - the drainage pipe and caps were not shockingly expensive, especially the caps. As opposed to the ABS version I built first, which p...

In GEAR » Rodent proof box for water cache ideas needed
April 09, 9:52pm

Long-term water cache test
Last summer I looked into several ways to cache water in a forest: I bought pipe and ...

In GEAR » Rodent proof box for water cache ideas needed
April 09, 3:40pm

Too much water for one ESBIT?
Bob, For me, one 14 gram ESBIT tablet will reliably boil two cups of water in a Sidewinder + Gram Cracker, even in very windy conditions. Three cups is barely boilable under near-ideal condit...

In Gear Deals » Esbit Burner
March 26, 8:14pm

Not quite unbreakable spoons
You might be interested in this thread: Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon I just bought the MSR Titan fork and spoon set made with polished titanium to reduce that yucky mouth feel. The fork a...

In GEAR » Sturdy long handled soup spoon?
March 26, 7:38pm

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