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Charles G. (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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All Forum Posts by Charles G.

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Another vote for the Kalais (or the Aquilo)
I used a Kalais last summer on the JMT. It is one of the most comfortable packs I have carried and I have used a lot of packs. Or, get the Aquilo: same great suspension, more volume and a few oun...

In GEAR » First Lightweight Pack Purchase - which to buy?
March 11, 6:28am

Bear canisters on JMT
"Charles gives a lot of good information in his post, but the above quote is incorrect." Thanks for the correction. In my original post, I didn't mean to imply that canisters were...

In GEAR » bear canisters, bv500 overdoing it for the JMT? anybody try to fit one in a Granite Gear Crown VC 60?
March 07, 5:43am

bear canisters, bv500 overdoing it for the JMT?
The size of bear can you need will depend on your resupply schedule and your daily mileage. One can easily get by with a BV450 between Yosemite and Muir Trail Ranch. But, between MTR and Whitney ...

In GEAR » bear canisters, bv500 overdoing it for the JMT? anybody try to fit one in a Granite Gear Crown VC 60?
March 06, 6:09am

Two item first aid kit?
I consider this idea (only two items) to fall into the "stupid light" category. +1

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
February 28, 6:23am

For western mountains.
Pack- homemade 50 liter with stay. 16 oz Shelter- Zpacks Hexamid Solo w/bathtub floor & stakes. 15 oz Sleeping bag-WM Summerlite + 2 oz overfill. 21 oz Pad-Thermarest Prolite 3, short. 1...

In GEAR » What's your big four weigh/cost? Me- 2 lbs 8.4 oz/$773
January 20, 6:35pm

Kite Tyvek
Tyvek is a line of fabrics, not a single product. Most of the time when one hears Tyvek being discussed House Wrap (at 2.1 oz per yard) is what folks are talking about. Kite Tyvek, at 1.3 oz per ...

In GEAR » Tyvek Ground Cloth
December 30, 6:41pm

Snake bites
From what I have read and seen, most snake bites are inflicted on males between the ages of 18 and 25. Alcohol is frequently involved and often the last words uttered by the victim before the bite...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Safety of sleeping on the ground with no critter protection
December 24, 2:37pm

Ursack
For the first few days out of MTR, no bear can is required although hanging (or an Ursack) is.. What I have done is to add an Ursack to my MTR resupply package and to put the overflow there. The...

In GEAR » Backpack for BearVault 200 - JMT
December 23, 12:37pm

Tooth powder
Within my memory, most people used tooth powder rather than tooth paste. A lot of folks just used salt or baking soda and got by just fine. One can still get tooth powder, Google Eco DenT for one...

In Philosophy & Technique » Alternative to Toothpaste Dots
December 18, 5:09am

Are pants really necessary on the PCT?
I do a lot of hiking in the Sierra mostly above timberline. I wear a pair of light cargo shorts (7 oz) and use a light pair of homemade wind pants (3 oz) for sun/weather protection. I also carry ...

In GEAR » Are pants really necessary on the PCT?
December 17, 5:57am

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm