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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-heat, Low-stink options for Tee Shirt?
I hike in much the same conditions as do you. I use a light weight merino wool T-shirt. I am currently using a light Icebreaker shirt although I have also had good luck with Smartwool products. ...

In GEAR » High-heat, Low-stink options for Tee Shirt?
September 13, 12:25pm

I just finished the northern half of the JMT using a Kalais pack w/o the lumbar pad but with the stay. I carried a BV-450 bear can in addition to my usual gear. My base weight including the canis...

In GEAR » Elemental Horizons Kalais feedback
September 08, 6:57pm

"she fell in the dark and smashed her head and face and broke her left leg in two places and her left ankle and her right knee. It took fifteen very brave, skilled men from border patrol and S...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Outside Mag calls an urban vancouver trail "most dangerous" top 10 hikes in the world
August 16, 12:14pm

cannister stove questions
I think I burn more gas than do many others on this forum: I plan on using an ounce per day. In the morning I heat 12 oz water for coffee then sometimes have a second cup. I then heat 10 oz for c...

In GEAR » cannister stove questions
July 31, 2:55pm

Elemental Horizons Kalais
About the same size as the Gorilla, it has an exceptionally comfortable suspension. Virtually all the weight is transferred to the hip belt. It will hold a BV-500 vertically plus a lightweight ki...

In GEAR » Good alternative to Golite Jam 50L?
July 27, 12:55pm

footprint alternatives...suggestions?
Do you plan to use the footprint for a rain fly only pitch? If so, either you use the one sold by BA or sew up one like it of light materials. The cost would probably be the same. If all you wan...

In GEAR » footprint alternatives...suggestions?
July 19, 3:03pm

Choosing sleeping pads.
The choice of sleeping pad one uses should be based more on the anticipated soil surface temperature than on anticipated air temperature. If the soil surface is, say, 65 degrees, you need less pad...

In GEAR » Adding overfill to a Summerlite
July 13, 8:23am

What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
A case of gelatin dynamite, 200' of primer cord, 24 blasting caps and 50' of 1 ft/min fuse. I'm not sure this counts as gear but it does count as a find. BTW, I left it where it was a...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
July 12, 6:23pm

Adding overfill to a Summerlite
I have a Summerlite bag and, as mentioned by others, it is a good 40 degree bag. But, for me is cool to cold below that. I had WM overfill (2 oz) the bag after too many cold nights; I would say ...

In GEAR » Adding overfill to a Summerlite
July 12, 5:44pm

Adding post to: "Cooking trout over a wood fire?
Well, basically,, you clean the trout, put them in a lightweight frying pan and hold it over a small wood fire until they are cooked. Of course, fire regulations may interfere with your plans but ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cooking trout over a wood fire?
July 11, 8:54pm

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