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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 14 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.
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Re: Re: 121.5 no longer processed
121.5 MHz is also the International Air Distress frequency for use by non-military aircraft. According to Wikipedia: 121.5 MHz is monitored by most air traffic control towers, FSS services, nation...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pressing the help button: Drama on andromea
November 14, 9:29am

Refill with wax-soaked cardboard?
Just an idea: refill with wax-soaked cardboard strip sized for your stove. Cardboard might provide the wick, so you don't need the fiberglass. Unless, of course, TSA bans wax-soaked cardboar...

In Make Your Own Gear » Wax burners
November 13, 12:06pm

Great photos!
Kat, Great photos! We know the mountain lions are out there, but it's great to see them. I feel privileged to have seen two in 30 years of tramping around these mountains. Ironically, one...

In Photography » Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!
November 12, 11:34pm

Re: Santa Cruz Mountains. Private land to public land trails.
Count me interested. I've been exploring official trails in these mountains for over 30 years, only crossing into private land when I get "lost", e.g. the sign says "No Trespassi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Santa Cruz Mountains. Private land to public land trails.
November 11, 10:21pm

Grand Canyon aircraft noise & more
A while back (late 1990s?) NPS tackled the noise problems created by increasing aircraft traffic over the Grand Canyon. After several years of intense negotiations (and maybe lawsuits), they compro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Its absolute indifference steadied me."
November 10, 10:56pm

Re: Re: Exit from VVR story
My memory is bad. I was camped below Silver Pass Lake, near Silver Pass Creek. I think. Maybe. BTW, California has 12 lakes or reservoirs with official names which are variants of "Silver L...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Logistical exits at John Muir Ranch - JMT going southbound.
November 10, 8:07pm

Exit from VVR story
Sometime in the mid 1980s, I planned to backpack the JMT from Red's Meadow south, and exit at Lake Sabrina, in early fall. I dropped my car off with relatives in Bishop, hitched to Red's Me...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Logistical exits at John Muir Ranch - JMT going southbound.
November 08, 7:44pm

Not strong enough for Tungsten Dice
When I fill a turkey roasting bag with a sleeping bag or clothes, no problem. Lasts for days, re-use between trips, easy to see contents, just twist the top and shove inside pack, lighter, simpler,...

In GEAR » The Case Against Nylon Oven Bags for Pack Organization
November 07, 7:18pm

PLBs: One more feature
PLBs also send a 121 MHz homing beacon that helps aircraft and ground crews find you when they get within a few miles. [Edit} And PLBs send a 5-watt signal at 406 MHz, vs a 0.5 to 1 watt signal ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pressing the help button: Drama on andromea
November 05, 7:42pm

Re: Re: Drama on andromea: Satellite info
So one might think that reaching a LEO birdcage (by SPOT) would be easier than reaching a GEO (by a typical PLB), and hence More reliable. Except it's not. PLBs determine your position and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pressing the help button: Drama on andromea
November 05, 7:32pm

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