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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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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

Drama on andromea: Satellite info
Time for correct information on satellites at the location of this incident. GPS satellites are in medium-altitude earth orbits (MEO) at 20,200 km (12,600 mi) altitude, designed to provide globa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pressing the help button: Drama on andromea
November 05, 7:09pm

Background info
Sometimes best to dig beyond the news stories: Yosemite NP Press Release about Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parknews/mgrovefeis.htm which poin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite plans to remove most development from Mariposa Grove
November 05, 6:16pm

Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
In coastal Central California, the winters are relatively mild: rare snow, some dumping rainstorms, occasional floods and landslides, day temps generally above 40 F (4 C), night temps not too much ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
November 02, 7:21pm

Full Globalstar satellite constellation operating
As of August 28, 2013, a complete constellation of Globalstar second-generation satellites is fully operational: http://www.globalstar.com/en/index.php?cid=7010&pressId=792 This means Glo...

In Editor's Roundtable » SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 2 - Satellite Phones
October 30, 11:20pm

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