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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: America the Troublemaker?
"I don't think the U.S. is crumbling to be replaced by other countries I think other countries are rising to our level." It's a two way street, Jerry. "I believe in ...

In Chaff » America the Troublemaker?
August 24, 4:57pm

Re: Something bigger
"Those who vote may want to consider voting for someone who is brave enough to do the right thing." Someone brave enough to do the right thing can't even make it past the primaries...

In Chaff » America the Troublemaker?
August 24, 4:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: America the Troublemaker?
"I think it absolutely matters in that it shows a systemic pattern; that these things are not even necessarily controlled by presidents or elections, but by an entire system that has its own i...

In Chaff » America the Troublemaker?
August 24, 3:44pm

Re: Backpack portfolios
"I am not talking about ALL of your packs, but the ones that you use. I'll start with my example of what I am talking about." OHM 2.0 for everything from day hikes to 11 day backpa...

In GEAR » Backpack portfolios
August 24, 3:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: re: Pole straps @ Jake
"Tom, send me a ticket and i'm there ;) (send/post a link of a trip report from there with pics.. would love to see it)" Sorry, you're on your own with the ticket. :) Unfortun...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
August 23, 1:50pm

Re: Kern & Milestone
"The dark clouds in the two from upper Milestone Basin look intimidating." They definitely had us in alert mode. As it was, the rain made the scramble down off the west ridge of Peak ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Upper Kern Basin-Milestone Basin via Shepherd Pass 7/27-8/1
August 23, 1:20pm

Re: Lakes Trail, Sequoia National Park (kid's first backpacking trip)
"She is already looking forward to the next trip!" That says it all, Linda. All the rest falls under the headings of either shakedown trip" or "got it right the first time&q...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lakes Trail, Sequoia National Park (kid's first backpacking trip)
August 23, 12:59pm

Re: Re: Fat the convenient way
"I woundn't waste space with fruit or carbs." A certain amount of carbs is necessary to support the metabolism of fat. If you don't get it from dietary sources, the liver will...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
August 23, 12:28pm

Re: Kern Basin
"This brings back fond memories. Cant tell you how much I appreciate your sharing this place with me. Looks like you and Fred had a wonderful walk as well. I think of our hike often, buddy....

In Post-Trip Reports » Upper Kern Basin-Milestone Basin via Shepherd Pass 7/27-8/1
August 22, 6:03pm

Re: Re: re: Pole straps
" You guys out west have it easy being that your trails are graded for pack animals. Northeast we go straight up and straight down. even our flats tend to have rocks on them or rocks across mu...

In GEAR » Trekking poles
August 22, 5:55pm

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

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