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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: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Long-term water usage in California@Dos Antos
It is my understanding that once an aquifer is depleted it will often collapse, rendering it incapable of being recharged, no matter how much rain falls in the future. Apparently that is what is b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 27, 5:28pm

Re: Re: Food
I bulk up a couple of pounds before a trip and concentrate of getting enough carbs in my carried food to support the metabolism of my body fat. I've done it successfully for 9 day trips at a c...

In GEAR » Food
March 25, 8:14pm

Re: Re: Peanuts
"Perhaps what would be done is legislation to make drip irrigation mandatory regardless (BTW irregardless is not word) of water rights..." A HUGE +1 to that. Driving by miles and mile...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 25, 8:08pm

Re: Re:
"It sounds like the eVent jackets weigh more than some wind shirts and rain jackets combined (at least what I use). Shouldn't the question be not why would you carry a wind shirt but why w...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 25, 7:59pm

Re: "My "wind shirt" rant..."
"We are one people, divided by windshirts. I'm with Eric. If I stop at a pass for lunch with views and it's windy, out comes my Event. Often, it's so windy on a pass that a windshi...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 25, 6:11pm

Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
"Does anyone else also do this "multiple use" clothing strategy?" I do.

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 25, 6:08pm

Re: powdered breakfast mix options
"What do y'all mix up?" Ensure is about the cheapest off the shelf mix I have run across. If you get a drug store's private brand, e.g. Walgreens, it is even cheaper. It is s...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » powdered breakfast mix options
March 24, 8:26pm

Stellar trip, guys. Absolutely stellar.

In Post-Trip Reports » Four days in the Minarets in winter
March 24, 6:10pm

Re: Re: Only a 1000mm HH rating?
"Well, it should keep the insects out I guess." Just for the sake of ccmparison, does anybody know offhand what is the HH of bug netting?

In GEAR » MSR Flylite -- Reviews?
March 24, 6:03pm

Re: Re: re: god was made up...
"That's overly simplistic and relies on a selective reading of history. Religion is quite frequently a liberating force—Judaism and Christianity more than most. Look at the abolitionist ...

In Chaff » The basic math behind Christianity...
March 24, 5:57pm

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