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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
About Me Leave no tracks.
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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: VO2max and long distance hiking
"It seems to me if you start out by training your VO2max before a long distance hike instead of lugging a heavy pack around, you effectively raise the ceiling on your aerobic fitness. If you r...

In Philosophy & Technique » VO2max and long distance hiking
December 28, 7:41pm

Re: Season
"Kat, If I read correctly, you are getting ticks, in the PNW, this time of year? I had no idea they were around right now." You are correct in assuming that they are not active at this...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My tick experience. No pictures but not for the squeamish.
December 28, 7:23pm

Re: Re: Post your favorite photos from 2014.
"Backpacking & Kayaking, Vancouver Island" Magnificent!

In Photo Gallery » Post your favorite photos from 2014.
December 26, 5:17pm

Re: Re: Re: The Bibles
"you mean to tell me that Jonah did NOT live in the belly of a whale????????" Careful now, that is the first step on a slippery slope that ends up questioning whether the world was cr...

In Chaff » The Bibles
December 26, 5:07pm

Re: Sleeping pants
"Thermarest sleeping bad. Borah bivy sack 20 degree quilt" If I were you, I'd consider adding a little more insulation UNDER your sleeping bag. Maybe a 1/4" CC foam pad or ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pants
December 25, 6:12pm

Re: very impressive
"I keep looking at the double rainbow for upcomming co-ed trips, as an alternative to the lighter,more expensive Zpacks Duplex etc. The Rainbow's layout is great and the overall design ...

In GEAR » Rainbow in the winter
December 25, 6:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: John Muir died 100 years ago on Christmas Eve
" I guess it was unsupported, but even so I don't think that qualifies as fastpacking." Yeah, I think they were more into bushcraft, but so was Muir to some extent. He regularly c...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir died 100 years ago on Christmas Eve
December 24, 8:10pm

Re: Intetesting tale,Tom.
"Did you use trekking poles on each side as additional support that snowy night?" No. I was pitched in the lee of a very large boulder, which took the brunt of the wind. We could see...

In GEAR » Rainbow in the winter
December 24, 7:57pm

Re: Re: The Bibles
"One can choose to believe the current bible is divine," Are you insinuating that the current English version is not the original?????????

In Chaff » The Bibles
December 24, 5:30pm

Re: Re: John Muir died 100 years ago on Christmas Eve
"And he was one of the first, if not THE first, ultra light backpacker." Uh.., aren't you overlooking about 50,000 years of nomadic humans moving fast and light as they fanned out ...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir died 100 years ago on Christmas Eve
December 24, 5:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out travelcountry.com for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

REI Peak UL
I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm