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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: Re: Re: bivy noob
" and without a groundsheet I ended up just sleeping on top of my duomid when we cowboy camped (and I didn't like that - not a real fan of using that expensive shelter as a groundsheet.......

In GEAR » bivy noob
August 24, 6:03pm

Re: Litetrail nylobarrier bags
"These bags were penetrated by wildlife when hung in a nearby forest: LiteTrail Breach" That doesn't tell us much at all about possible contributing factors like whether the bag w...

In GEAR » Litetrail nylobarrier bags
August 23, 8:19pm

Re: Re: Food
" Looks like the hind legs of a rabbit to me, but that Is a guess." That would make the most sense. I think I mistook one of the bunny's legs for a tail, and that's where I go...

In Photography » Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!
August 23, 6:16pm

I can't quite make out what animal the fox has in its mouth. Is it a raccoon, not likely, or maybe a possum?

In Photography » Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!
August 23, 5:53pm

Re: "Diamox vs Ibprofin for AMS?"
"Other western governments have determined that in the case of pharmaceuticals the bottom line doesn't trump the public good of affordable medications. Pharma can still make a profit, just...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Diamox vs Ibprofin for AMS?
August 22, 5:19pm

Nice, wide open country. Makes me want to take a walk. Thanks for sharing, Jay. I always enjoy your photos.

In Photo Gallery » PCT, Sonora Pass, Boulder Lake, 25 miles
August 20, 4:59pm

Re: Counter balance is better
"1. Sierra Bears can grap a-hold of lines and pull the whole thing down, (limb and all if they have to) with a PCT hang. They are strong as, well, a bear. And the s-mores fed Tahoe bears have ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style
August 19, 8:00pm

Re: Re: counter balance vs PCT
" pct method must have a string much closer to the ground, within any bears reach when they stand." The relevant question is what exactly is the bear going to do once he reaches the cord?

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style
August 19, 7:55pm

Re: Re: Sierra hang
"Do you mean a single hang ie PCT method versus counter balance is illegal or hanging in general vs canister?" Counter balance is the only acceptable way to hang, according to the rang...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style
August 13, 7:53pm

Re: Re: Re: Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style
"I have been hanging food for over 40 years. I never had a problem with a single hang. (At least so far...)" If you do a single hang out here in the Sierra, bears will be the least of ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging A Bear Bag PCT style
August 13, 5:58pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm