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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.
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Hands on WFR incredibly valuable
I've taken more WFR and WFR recert courses than I can remember, from NOLS and non-NOLS providers. The hands-on part is the most valuable part of a WFR course. I know from experience, that...

In Other Activities » Wilderness First Responder Training Question
March 18, 8:43pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Syncing - Rex
Doug, Right you are. I was trying too hard, just removing the file enables future syncs to go smoothly. Grumble. -- Rex

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
March 16, 8:42pm

Re: Re: Re: Syncing
Error launching inReach Sync: Unrecognized element: userSettings (/Users/6wayxing/.local/share/inReach Sync.exe_Url_50c81f98e9eb1a9c52a83b1d3d25f899835f665e/user.config line 6) I recalled Jim&#...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
March 16, 8:26pm

Whitewater scales
To paraphrase the famous George Box quote: Essentially, all whitewater scales are wrong, but some are useful. I've found the AWA International Scale of River Difficulty from I-VI to be a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 14, 6:35pm

Re: American pilgrimage trails
Some American trails get pilgrimage-like action during "reenactments", where groups of people travel the trail together in pioneer fashion. For example, the Mormon Pioneer Trail sees f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 12, 10:57pm

Re: Acu-Rite thermometer: question
Speculation: Sometimes on clear nights (you said it was windy), thermometers out in the open can register the cold night sky more than the ambient temperature. That's one reason weather station...

In GEAR » Acu-Rite thermometer: question
March 12, 10:15pm

Great article; more tips for beginners
Ryan, Great introduction article! I have a few more tips for beginners, based on training hundreds of raft guides: - You will learn much faster if you are warm, dry(ish), well-fed, well-wa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 11, 10:09pm

"Pilgrimage" trails in the USA
USA does have religious pilgrimage trails, and many other pilgrimage-type trails that are more historical than religious: Start with the US National Trails System for a list of well-known, and l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 10, 3:11pm

One weird trick eliminates headlamp problems
There is a government conspiracy to keep the best headlamps out of the hands of civilians, so that when the One World Order takes over at night, they have the upper hand. Read on for one weird tric...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
March 08, 9:49am

Mmmm... Pepper Spray
http://articles.latimes.com/1998/feb/15/news/mn-19305 ANCHORAGE — It's not what backpackers and hikers want to hear--the pepper spray they count on to scare off bears may actually attract ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bears in Yosemite
March 05, 10:59pm

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