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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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Two long coast redwoods loops
This loop in the Santa Cruz Mountains takes you through many miles of coast redwoods: http://tinyurl.com/100mileloop It's easy to cut off shorter loops and start at different locations. J...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best redwoods trip? Taking my 13 year old on a father daughter jaunt
January 18, 11:45am

Mealspec MRE heaters?
With tighter and tighter fire restrictions in the West, and not yet converted to cold dinners, I've kept looking for ways to cook without fire, even considering electricity :-) I stumbled up...

In GEAR » Mealspec MRE heaters?
January 14, 9:31pm

Re: How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking?
No family camping or backpacking, but I wandered on foot and bicycle alone from breakfast to sundown or dinner time, whichever came first. We moved a lot - 25 times in ten years, and some of those ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 12, 5:58pm

Re: Re: Question about gas canister longevity
I've had poorly protected canisters show significant rust in 1-2 years, and well-protected canisters show no rust well over 20 years after purchase. I'm more worried about gas leaking ou...

In GEAR » Who Makes All the Gas Canisters in the World?
January 12, 5:36pm

More on Cache Creek area
Kevin Gong's description of overnight backpack trip along Cache Creek: http://kevingong.com/Hiking/200305CacheCreek.html Seven day trip with excellent photos: https://plus.google.com/photo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need Ideas for 30 - 50 mile winter hike around central valley of California
January 11, 12:36pm

My wife: no backpacking, yes whitewater rafting
My wife doesn't like backpacking, but we go on day hikes pretty regularly and she's been on every expedition-length whitewater rafting trip with me since we met over 20 years ago. Some of t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 11, 12:55am

Re: DeLorme inReach SE: Tracks Well on a Pack Strap?
My inReach SE tracks just fine on a pack strap, or vertical in an upper side pack pocket, or lying sideways in a top pack pocket. It even tracks when the pack is in the back of my truck at a ran...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE: Tracks Well on a Pack Strap?
January 11, 12:47am

Kraftwerk fuel cell details
Off the top of my head, might be competitive with AA Lithium batteries on energy/weight ratio, if you need to carry that much energy for recharges. More tech details on the Kickstarter page, the...

In GEAR » A new charging solution
January 11, 12:41am

Cache Creek?
I've done a few day hikes near Cache Creek, and always wondered about backpacking there: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah/cachecreek.html There's a patchwork of public lands adjac...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need Ideas for 30 - 50 mile winter hike around central valley of California
January 11, 12:09am

Re: Ticks at Wildcat, Point Reyes?
Last spring I camped at both Wildcat and Sky; no ticks seen, or found on my body. I had also soaked all exterior clothing in permethrin just before the trip - shoes, socks, shorts, wind pants, t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Ticks at Wilcat, Point Reyes?
December 31, 7:42pm

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