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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.
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SPOT, PLB, InReach, or ... users - Excellent advice from NPS
Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park posted this Emergency Locator Device Advisory (PDF, 1 page) with excellent advice for everyone who carries a SPOT, PLB, InReach, or similar device. Read it. No...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » SPOT, PLB, InReach, or ... users - Excellent advice from NPS
April 30, 11:12pm

Re: Training for Backpacking
Thank you. This will improve my own, meager, training efforts, and helps explain why they didn't work as planned. An important principle for me: I can't exercise for the sake of exercise...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
April 29, 11:23pm

Re: A few questions about HMG packs...
I have an HMG Windrider 2400. I don't think of it as finicky to load, but I don't put oddly shaped items against my back with any soft pack. I pay a little attention to load balancing by pu...

In GEAR » A few questions about HMG packs...
April 29, 9:04am

Southern PCT?
Could hike most or parts of the southern PCT - Mexican border to Kennedy Meadows, maybe farther depending on timing northbound. If you start at the border in early May you'll be behind most of ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
April 23, 9:06pm

Liked it, and I don't eat fish
I liked this book excerpt, and I don't eat fish. Yvon's a good writer, and his "simplicity" and "less gear, more skill" messages are very much in line with BPL core valu...

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
April 23, 8:53pm

Re: Re: turkey roasting bags
Big difference between sleeping 8-12 hours on a NeoAir (too noisy for me), and packing stuff in turkey bags for a few minutes once a day (that's me). -- Rex

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do I really need a pack liner?
April 22, 12:49pm

Re: Stream crossing and washing your socks - at the same time :)
On a recent 8 day trip through Marin County, my shoes and socks didn't dry out for two days after crossing the Olema Valley swamp. Even the second pair of socks on top of my pack didn't dry...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossing and washing your socks - at the same time :)
April 22, 11:44am

Spife?
Did I accidentally invent a new combination spoon and knife - a "spife"? Sort of like a spork, but less useful. Other spifes are available. Maybe safer and more useful, hard to tel...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 21, 11:03pm

Re: Micro light
I love genuine Photon Freedom micro lights with adjustable light output, and this custom model ticks even more boxes for me: http://www.dougritter.com/dr_photon.htm - The case is yellow, so y...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What headlamp do you use?
April 21, 8:46pm

Re: all from
My bad, sorry. Good news: the roads are opening early. Bad news: the roads are opening early in the third year of drought due to lack of snow. Although some of the most popular rivers will be...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Highway 108 open for the season!
April 20, 11:55am

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