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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Where can you camp?
Exactly right, Stephan. Our permit gave us access to the whole backcountry, provided we entered the Budd Lake watershed and did not camp in the Cathedral Lakes area. The ranger specifical...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite beyond Budd Lake....
August 07, 2:31pm

Another data point
One of our friends is an engineer, and he often talks about data points….when you get enough points on the chart, you can start seeing a pattern, and then you can come to some conclusions. They ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Impact of the Fly Fisherman....
August 05, 12:30pm

Steel is the answer
Yosemite uses heavy gauge steel signs in the back country. Impossible to vandalize...and way too heavy to carry out. I'd always assumed that they did this to keep people from stealing the sign...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vandalism of wilderness signs
July 31, 9:18am

Trinity Alps?
Lots of lakes, great fishing. Steep climbs. What else could you ask for?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Could use a recommendation for trip location
July 30, 10:55pm

Leopold Lake, Emigrant Wilderness
Gianelli Trailhead is actually a bit easier than the Crabtree Trailhead, in that the trails are not as steep. But the lakes here are not along the trail---they are off to the side---so it's n...

In Post-Trip Reports » Leopold Lake, Emigrant Wilderness
July 30, 10:46am

El Portal Fire
Here's a photo from Leopold Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness on Saturday afternoon. This scene reminded us so much of the Rim Fire last year. Hope they get this under control soon.... ...

In Post-Trip Reports » El Portal Fire
July 29, 10:34am

Tiny teeth
Yeah but much smaller jaws on Suarez than on Jaws.

In Philosophy & Technique » Safety in the backcountry
July 24, 4:15pm

Yosemite beyond Budd Lake....
We're just back from a wonderful trip to the southern side of the Cathedral Range in Yosemite. Because there are no marked trails through here, this area gets a lot less traffic than trails ju...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite beyond Budd Lake....
July 20, 5:26pm

NIce area
We did that trip last year....wonderful places to see...thanks for reminding us.

In Post-Trip Reports » Emigrant Wilderness, Iceland Lake
July 20, 5:25pm

no odor
Brand new lines...no odor. I think it was the texture they wanted.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rodents attack tent!
July 09, 1:49pm

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