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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Man, do you really pack a hatchet on your backpacking trips? Is it an ultralight hatchet? grin Great photos and all, BTW.

In Post-Trip Reports » First snow of the year in Yosemite's Clark Range
September 30, 9:43am

Good question
Haven't been up there for several years myself. The last time we did it was in a Volvo wagon....and we were stunned to see a guy up there with a about a 1965 Ford Galaxy.... Must have been ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First solo trip, Northern CA or Northern NV, early October?
September 26, 11:53am

Grouse ridge
The other options that are very close to Reno are Grouse Ridge, of Highway 20 right where it meets I-80, or Carson Pass north. Grouse Ridge has loads of lakes within an easy walk of the ridge i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First solo trip, Northern CA or Northern NV, early October?
September 26, 9:15am

ICeland Fish
WE did that hike from the other site, up Summit Creek, last year. There are certainly fish in the smaller lake near Iceland, and a lot of fish in Ridge Lake. You are correct that Ridge doesn&#...

In Post-Trip Reports » Iceland Lake - September 2014
September 24, 10:54pm

Thanks Joseph...
For the kind words about our site. And now for the good news: Credit where credit is due...(pun intended) we got a phone call the day our hike was supposed to start, informing us that the trail...

In Pre-Trip Planning » The curse of Island Lake
September 21, 10:39pm

The curse of Island Lake
Three times. Three times we have made plans to hike to Island Lake in the Desolation Wilderness. And three times our plans have been foiled. Once because M wasn't feeling well. Once beca...

In Pre-Trip Planning » The curse of Island Lake
September 19, 10:48am

Why Yosemite
I agree with the Ostrander Lake suggestion, but it isn't a uniquely Yosemite experience. It's a nice hike, but you could also do something in the Emigrant Wilderness that would work better...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Easy Yosemite trips for nephews
September 16, 11:05am

Carson Pass?
May be too late for you, but head out of Carson Pass to Winnemucca/Round Top Lake, down to 4th of July Lake, and then continue down Summit City Creek to the Mokelumne River, then up to Squaw Ridge ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Last minute trip...Close-ish to Tahoe suggestions?
September 02, 11:00pm

Green Lake, Hoover Wilderness
Before the earthquake hit our town, we did have a very nice trip up Green Creek this past weekend. This is another nice trailhead on the East side of the Sierra, via the Hoover Wilderness. It'...

In Post-Trip Reports » Green Lake, Hoover Wilderness
August 26, 12:06pm

1000 Island
Some of the nicest shots in that area are from THousand Island Pass...just north of 1000 Island lake. There are quite a few small tarns there that make for great reflections...before you hike down...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Thousand Island, Catherine, Ediza, Minaret loop in September
August 24, 11:20pm

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