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Thank you!
A most excellent adventure in a land of stunning beauty. Solo is the best, free to wander as you choose. Well done, Katharina.

In Post-Trip Reports » Backpacking the Alpstein, Appenzell. June 2015.
July 13, 5:52pm

Re: re: Irony
"Most of them just wanted to be there when a shooting war with the Feds kicked off." The perfect occasion for a mass Darwin Award. ;0)

In Chaff » Irony
July 13, 2:03pm

Re: Down jackets for 3 season use - how much down?
"So who thinks a 4oz or 5oz down fill jacket is worth it? The Montbell Mirage jacket looks interesting with over 5oz of fill and less than 13oz in total weight. Seems like the extra fill would...

In GEAR » Down jackets for 3 season use - how much down?
July 13, 1:46pm

Re: 5 or 6 day hike somewhere in the Sierra 7/23 - 7/28
"I'm open to revisited areas I've been but I would like to see new area too if possible." A trip over Shepherd Pass into the Kern Basin would make an excellent 4 night/5 day hi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 5 or 6 day hike somewhere in the Sierra 7/23 - 7/28
July 13, 1:43pm

To the true haters
Some context here: There is a continuum of responses to OP's question, ranging from carrying a satellite phone, to hiking in an area with cell phone reception, to finding another job, to not ...

In GEAR » Backcountry Internet Options
July 13, 1:31pm

Re: Trump popularity
" The problem with trumps popularity surging is the presidential election candidate needs those trump supporters as voters. So the Party can't speak out against him too much or they alien...

In Chaff » Trump coming to Phoenix
July 12, 8:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Germany, France losing interest in Ukraine
"Tom, if you re-read my post (7 up) -- we're talking exactly the same (obvious) pupil. :)" :0))

In Chaff » Survey Points to Challenges NATO Faces Over Russia
July 11, 8:38pm

Re: Absurd Comparisons
"But I think OP's comparison to Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul is so far off as to be absurd." May OP got the cities confused. Beverly Hills instead of Portland?

In GEAR » The most boring and annoying store in Portland is Snow Peak
July 11, 8:37pm

Re: Re: Germany, France losing interest in Ukraine
"Dang. OK, I give up. Who's the slowest in your view? I mean, we all know Greece is the slowest, but we are talking about the 'Ukraine theater', correct?" Correct, Ben. I&#...

In Chaff » Survey Points to Challenges NATO Faces Over Russia
July 11, 6:28pm

Re: Re: Germany, France losing interest in Ukraine
"Ah, I see. The slow pupil you were referring to was Petro Poroshenko." You're getting warmer, Ben, but actually he's only the second slowest pupil. ;0))

In Chaff » Survey Points to Challenges NATO Faces Over Russia
July 10, 8:32pm

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 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