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Charles Grier (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 Grier

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High Sierra hiking, can't decide on a darn rain jacket
I have used either a silnylon poncho with an added waist cord or a Dri-Ducks rain jacket for summer in the Sierra for years and have been quite happy with both. The only change I've considered...

In GEAR » High Sierra hiking, can't decide on a darn rain jacket
July 28, 8:37pm

Trump disses McCain in Iowa
Michael, My issue with Trump has nothing to do with McCain's heroism or lack thereof. What I take issue with is Trump, who hid behind a variety of deferments and has no experience with the mi...

In Chaff » Trump disses McCain in Iowa
July 20, 5:53am

Trump disses McCain in Iowa
The following is an excerpt from a Washington Post article about Trump's commentary on McCain. Trump, by the way, managed to escape military service in Viet Nam by using student deferments and...

In Chaff » Trump disses McCain in Iowa
July 18, 12:44pm

Do you pack a pillow?
No, I use a sleeping bag stuff sack as a pillow. I fill it with whatever clothes m not wearing and then use my trail shoes to make adjustments in the "pillow" height. It works OK mostly...

In GEAR » Do you pack a pillow?
June 25, 12:11pm

Co-op (REI) numbers.
72XX: I joined in 1954 when the Co-op occupied a space the size of a two car garage above the Green Apple Pie restaurant on Pike St. Several of my climbing buddies had 3-digit numbers.

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 11, 6:32am

FS: Custom made lightweight pack
I have a 35" waist and there is about 6" of loose belt remaining when belt is snapped but not pulled tight. The pad pocket is 24" deep, 12" wide and about 1-1/2" fore and ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Custom made lightweight pack
April 14, 5:56am

SOLD: Custom made lightweight pack
I made this pack to in an effort to incorporate a lot of the features I have admired on various cottage industry packs. It is made of quality lightweight materials and is sturdily if not always el...

In Gear Swap » FS: Custom made lightweight pack
April 13, 5:46pm

SOLD: 2007 Model GoLite Jam2
This pack was purchased in 2007 and has had light use over the years. I have lightened the pack by cutting the shoulder and waist belt straps to fit me ( I'm 5'10" tall and 170 lb wi...

In Gear Swap » FS: 2007 Model GoLite Jam2
April 11, 4:23pm

Footwear and raingear recommendations: Scotland in July
I'll be walking the West Highland Way in the Scottish Highlands this coming July. From non-hiking friends in Scotland I've been told to expect rain and midges but they offered no recommend...

In GEAR » Footwear and raingear recommendations: Scotland in July
April 11, 8:34am

Elemental Horizons Kalais"
I've been using a Kalais for three years now. For loads up to 30+ pounds, I've never used a better pack and I've tried a lot of packs. I used it on a half-hike of the JMT in 2013 and ...

In GEAR » Elemental Horizons Kalais
April 05, 7:06am

All Reader Reviews by Charles Grier

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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