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Ken Charpie (kencharpie) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western Oregon
About Me I started lightweight backpacking in 2009. I had some backpacking "experience" in the Army National Guard (Basic and Infantry school) that was definitely far from lightweight. I had no equipment to begin with, so I was excited to be able to start from scratch on my backcountry gear list.

My most up to date 3 season gear list is online:
My PDF Gear ListCentral Oregon Cascades and Coastal Range 2 to 3 days

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All Forum Posts by Ken Charpie

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Trail Gloves review
I've had my Trail Gloves for about a month now and have been wearing them all over the place. I'm getting ready for a hike in the Trinity Alps in June and plan to wear these shoes. We'l...

In GEAR » Merrel Trail Glove
May 16, 5:20am

great story!
I've read a copy of Peace Pilgrim's pamphlet (they are still available today, a quick google search should find the site honoring her legacy) and appreciate this telling of her story, since...

In Editor's Roundtable » Peace Pilgrim: Minimalist Trekker for World Peace
September 08, 6:39pm

I prefer the design of the Platypus
I have a 3 Liter Platypus hydration system, but hike with friends that use the camelbak system. I borrow my wife's camelbak often for running, as well. After a year of hiking with my platypus ...

In GEAR » Hate to sound like an idiot but...
August 05, 6:24am

I would consider buying it
I entered the backpacking world with no preconceived notions... and thankfully started my outdoors education here on BPL rather than with a trip to the local store. Although I like to be lightweig...

In GEAR » BPL Absaroka Pack
August 04, 6:39am

ESEE Izula
I have my eyes on the ESEE Izula for a fixed blade knife to carry while backpacking. It's very similar to the Becker Necker, with knife forums all over the internet full of threads comparing t...

In GEAR » Light Fixed Blade? Any knife knuts here?
July 09, 3:49am

Antibiotics, Resistance, and Misanthropy
Richard, I believe that what Benjamin meant by calling prophylactic use of antibiotics "antisocial" was that this behavior works against the greater good of society... misanthropy woul...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lyme Disease: Challenging Old Stereotypes
July 08, 4:14am

Topo! Explorer
I really like Topo! explorer. Unlike the other topo products, this one doesn't require you to insert discs for geographic areas; you buy individual USGS maps ($1 each) and then can browse them ...

In GEAR » Topographic Map Software
June 16, 3:31am

Okay for a start, but lacking...
The article was okay for those looking to lighten their load, but definitely falls short of representing the views represented by the lightweight backpacking community. I think that many heavily l...

In GEAR » Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
June 16, 2:45am

Overnight Hike in Central Oregon Cascades 6-19 to 6-20
EDIT: Due to some uncertainty in my schedule this week, I might not be able to make this hike after all. But I am still hoping that it will work out; PM me or reply if you are interested and I'...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Overnight Hike in Central Oregon Cascades 6-19 to 6-20
June 15, 6:17am

Tons of food for thought!
Wow! I'm so glad I posted about this; you have all given me a ton to think about. Daniel - "How is the fit on the Tom's? Are they more or less true to size? I have wide feet and ne...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 29, 5:41pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Charpie

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Driducks rainsuit
(The bulge in my jacket is the pants. This tu...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 24, 11:50am