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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: family hike timing
Same old, Adan. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, so it's been 2 trips into the Sierra so far, and a road trip with a bud in Oregon that yielded 2 overnighters in a whole different ki...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Timing my East Sierra family hike
August 08, 10:07pm

The last 2 weeks
I'd say the last 2 weeks of September are your best bet, based on my experience down thru the years. It can start to go down hill in late September, but usually you'll be OK. October is an...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Timing my East Sierra family hike
August 07, 8:24pm

Re: Trekking poles - Gossamer gear LT4S or Black Diamond Fixed-Length Ultra Distance?
"So here's the comparison:" You might consider adding the Locus Gear CP3's to your list of candidates. Cheaper than GG, pack down much shorter, are beefier, and weigh ~10.5 oz...

In GEAR » Trekking poles - Gossamer gear LT4S or Black Diamond Fixed-Length Ultra Distance?
August 07, 8:17pm

Re: Article from the American Conservative
"This is a very critical piece of today's Israel, but I am mainly posting it as a cautionary tale." Excellent article, Katharina. Thank you.

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
August 07, 8:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Article from the American Conservative
" Israeli Jews didn't want Palestinians to move back home and live among them because that would interfere with the goal of Zionism - which actually tries to establish a pure Jewish state....

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
August 07, 7:54pm

Re: Re: Re: Re:
"After all, China pays the bills for its 'little brother'. But China's practical options are actually quite limited." Quite true, but the Chinese reasons for supporting NK ...

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
August 06, 7:52pm

Re: Re:
"Know the truth? A tough one, Tom. The majority of us Americans are Christians -- and many believe in the inerrancy of the bible -- which includes the part about The Almighty giving the lan...

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
August 06, 6:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: link
"Fact remains it's 2014 not 1948, 1919, or earlier." True enough, but what happened from the turn of the 20th Century up to the present drives the Palestinian world view, to the po...

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
August 06, 5:35pm

Re: Re: coconut "ice cream"
Now, if you happened across a snow field, you'd have the makings of a great sno-cone. Add some rehydrated freeze dried pineapple juice and a shot of white rum and you've got the makings of...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » coconut "ice cream"
August 06, 5:19pm

Re: SUL Thru-Hiking the Trans Catalina Trail
What a neat, off beat trip. CA has a lot of nooks and crannies to explore, and you consistently get into some of the most interesting. Bravo, Andy, and thanks for posting.

In Post-Trip Reports » SUL Thru-Hiking the Trans Catalina Trail
August 06, 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