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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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treeline means snow
In California, even in this low snow year, mid~ June still means snow above the treeline. Snow level right now is around 9000 feet, which is lower than Clouds Rest in Yosemite. Unless you are ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Good early June backpacking areas
June 09, 11:19pm

Resasco Lake
For those of you keeping score at home...and getting lost. Some maps also spell it Roscasco... This is great country--and those slabs of granite around Big Lake are among my favorite places...

In Post-Trip Reports » 4 days in the emigrant wilderness
May 28, 4:22pm

There will be snow
We stopped at about 8,000 last weekend because the snow was covering the trail, the rest of the hike was even higher, and the wind was blowing hard, the temps were in the low 40s, and it was cloudi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » anyone been to emigrant recently?
May 16, 8:57am

More than I get
And every time we hike, we remember how truly transformative even a simple hike can be. And we resolve to do more of them!

In Philosophy & Technique » How much time do you need outside? Overnight, week(s), month(s), .. more?
May 16, 8:54am

While this climb is not particularly technical, there is enormous exposure on the ridge across to the summit. Steep drops of well over 500 feet on either side...and that ridge is not very wide at a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Conness in late May
May 13, 12:08pm

Car Keys?
Do you carry your car keys with you on the trail, or you do hide them at the car? There is no point to carrying extra weight, and car keys certainly fall into that category. I leave all of my key...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Car Keys?
May 12, 4:04pm

Cascade Lake
Has the best campsites. But set up a base camp there, then wander all over the area. Fishing is different in each lake, as is the scenery. ANother option might be to have your gear packed in ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip for injured friend
May 09, 9:20am

If you are hiking four miles a day to and from work, you are already well on your way. Particularly if you are doing that in less than two hours. If you are doing it in an hour, you would probabl...

In Philosophy & Technique » Training Thoughts- Approaching First Long Hike
May 09, 9:14am

Twenty Lakes Basin just east of Yosemite. Ferry across Saddlebag Lake, and hike around a wonderful area. And if you go about four miles west, you enter Yosemite

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip for injured friend
May 08, 9:13pm

Twenty Lakes basin in Yosemite
Complete with a ferry ride to start...and easy hiking around a gorgeous landscape

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip for injured friend
May 08, 4:29pm

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