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Charles G. (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 G.

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Availability on JMT
When I hiked the JMT a few years back, denatured alcohol was available at Toulumne Meadows, Red's Meadow, Vermilion Valley Resort and Muir Trail Ranch. All of these except VVR are on the trail...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mailing Denatured Alcohol / Availability on JMT
August 15, 4:07pm

Golden Trout Lake, Inyo / Kings
The Golden Trout Lake with which I am familiar is reached via Piute Pass out of North Lake and Bishop. Of course there are probably numerous Golden Trout Lakes in the Sierra, and you may have a di...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Golden Trout Lake, Inyo / Kings
August 05, 7:26am

Human evolution and age.
A lot of responses to this thread seem to assume that humans have evolved to live long lives and that modern civilization has interfered with this trend. This is simply wishful thinking. Duri...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Effect of long-term long-distance hiking on health
July 09, 7:57am

Please help - Snow Peak Gigapower stove temperature control stopped working"
You should be able to adjust the flame all the way from a bare simmer to a full throttle roar. If you can't then there is something wrong with the stove valve and the manufacturer should make ...

In GEAR » Please help - Snow Peak Gigapower stove temperature control stopped working
July 05, 4:04pm

Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
You are certainly entitled to do your thing your way. But please, don't waste too much time being critical ("ultra-indulgence") of those who don't want to follow suite. For me, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
July 03, 3:27pm

Boucher - Bright Angel loop.
One of my favorites is to hike down the Boucher trail to Boucher Camp for the first night. Then, hike the Tonto Trail from Boucher camp to Monument Creek to spend the second night. Hike from Monu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon backpacking route (4 days, 3 nights) - would love suggestions!
June 13, 11:42am

Snakes and hiking with dogs
I live in SE Arizona where there are a lot of different kinds of rattlesnakes. I have had to deal with about 30 rattlers in ten years just on my property. Because snakes are so common here, I hav...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Snakes and hiking with dogs
June 08, 8:19pm

SOLD -- Gatewood Cape for sale
SOLD. Six Moons Designs - Gatewood Cape. The cape has been used for one, one-night and one, two-night trip and is in like-new condition. It has been seam-sealed. I like the Gatewood cape especia...

In Gear Swap » Gatewood Cape for sale
June 05, 10:29am

Tent materials in hail
I experienced about a half-hours worth of heavy, grape-sized hail in my SMD Luna Solo. It held up just fine.

In GEAR » Tent materials in hail
May 07, 8:01pm

Hiking the Grand Canyon?
I hike in the Grand Canyon at least twice a year typically for 3-4 nights each trip. My preference is to go solo in the less visited parts of The Canyon; I wouldn't know how to locate a guide ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Grand Canyon?
March 07, 8:39am

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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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