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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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Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
Surprise on night 3 of a 7 night trip when I opened the cook kit and found half a spoon. I have no idea how this happened. Ate dinner with half a spoon, being very careful of the razor-sharp...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 18, 4:12pm

That's "100% Grated", not ...
The name is accurate, 100% of the contents are grated :-) In my experience, Kraft or knockoffs will last weeks to months in vacuum-sealed pouches, if packed in very clean conditions. For a re...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Large Size Parmesan Paketsand/or Parmesan Resupply "Handling"
April 17, 5:49pm

Re: Re: Big Sky inflatable pillow
Used the Big Sky pillow on a recent seven night trip. On the last night, I had a "well, duh!" moment that made a big difference. Old procedure: Set up camp, inflate pillow, make dinner...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question for fellow side sleepers
April 15, 11:34pm

3...2...1?
Started out at #3, mostly #2 after a couple of years, edging toward #1 now. People change. -- Rex

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
April 15, 12:07am

Re: best current PLB ?
To me the rescueME PLB1 from oceanview seems to be a better choice then the ACR ResQLink. Lighter, smaller, longer warranty/battery life, similar in usability, meets all PLB specs - looks better...

In GEAR » PLB/Satellite phone/SPOT new technologies?
April 14, 11:45pm

Re: Re: Why wouldn't this work?
Eneloops are 1.2v x 2500mAh = 3000 watts x 4 batteries = 12,000 total watts of energy. Li-ion are roughly 3.6v x 10,000 mAh (in the example) = 36,000 total watts of energy, or, 3x as much juice ...

In GEAR » Battery charger pack specs comparison!
April 05, 5:35pm

Maybe not just Lone Star ticks
From the 2012 Science Now article: ... although the highest number of reported cases of alpha-gal allergy were found in the southeastern United States, the allergy—which has affected about 1500 ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tick bites causing serious meat allergies
April 05, 5:16pm

Tick bites causing serious meat allergies
Some tick bites are causing serious allergies to meat, dairy, and meat-derived medicines. It's a problem all over the USA, and parts of Australia and Europe. Ticked Off About a Growing Aller...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tick bites causing serious meat allergies
April 05, 10:38am

Re: New allergy.....to tick bites.
Kat, Thanks for posting that. As others have said, you might have developed an allergy to tick bites, especially since the symptoms are getting worse. Good idea to consult a doctor, you don'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New allergy.....to tick bites.
April 05, 10:22am

Baking soda
Shake the water out, dump a tablespoon or so of baking soda inside, put the cap back on, shake it all around, throw it in the gear box. Never had any problems in 30+ years. Works on all kinds of wa...

In GEAR » Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How?
April 04, 5:10pm

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