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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
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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Senior Pass!
This was well worth the wait... This last weekend was an important one for us, because...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Senior Pass!
October 08, 10:59am

This is a great thread!
When I was much younger I used to carry a larger knife. Other than using it once during an all-day rain layover to carve an entire chess set from twigs, I never found a use for it.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 07, 9:14am

Unless it has obviously been left for a reason
We pack stuff out. We've kept and used a cook pot, toiletries bag, and a hiking pole. The mylar balloons, soda cans, odds and ends clothing, and micro-trash we pack out. We did leave a ve...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lost & Found on the trail
October 01, 9:48am

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

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