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Charles G. (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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All Forum Posts by Charles G.

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Cut bottle, a good idea.
That is what I have used for the past three years. I cut the top from a 2 liter pop bottle about 1" above the 1 liter mark. It makes a good scoop, provides some extra camp water storage, has...

In GEAR » Favorite CHEAP bottle for Steripen use
April 26, 4:38pm

What do I want in hiking boots?
Unless you anticipate having to kick steps in snow for any extended period, I recommend you stay with shoes. But, kicking steps in snow, especially hard snow, can be painful, at best, in running s...

In Philosophy & Technique » What do I want in hiking boots?
April 23, 7:06am

capilene pants
I carry Capilene-2 pants to wear under a pair of light nylon cargo pants. I seldom use the Capilene bottoms unless the temperature is below about 25°F and I am laying around camp. Of course I ca...

In GEAR » capilene pants
April 16, 6:21pm

New Balance insoles
I tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis and have experimented with a variety of different insoles for relief from the heel pain. I recently purchased a pair of New Balance IPR-3030 insoles and, fo...

In GEAR » New Balance insoles
April 05, 8:36am

Deterioration?
I had always assumed that the crumbly Micropur tablets had been exposed to atmospheric moisture (compromised packaging) and had thus lost their effectiveness. I'm curious now. I think I&#...

In GEAR » MIcropur Tablets leaking out of packaging?
April 05, 6:59am

Marmot Helium
I will add to the endorsements. I have an older version of the bag with the half zip. The temp rating is accurate, it is quality and fluffs quickly. Good bag for cold weather and mine weighs 28 oz.

In GEAR » Marmot Helium
March 31, 7:05am

You don't need to dilute.
For almost all of the silnylon sealing I now do, I don't dilute the silicon sealer at all. What I do is to "load" the seam by pulling it "apart" or open for a short stretch...

In GEAR » Seam Sealing a Tarptent
March 07, 9:20am

hood or hoodless wind shirt
For those of you who don't like hoods flapping in the breeze, consider just folding the hood to the inside of the wind shirt when you put it on. No flapping and you can put on a balaclava any ...

In GEAR » hood or hoodless wind shirt
February 12, 7:04pm

hood or hoodless wind shirt
Another vote for the hoody. I have one of each and seldom use the hood-less one. Both of mine are home made and by some quirk, the one with a hood weighs less than does the hooded one. Both shir...

In GEAR » hood or hoodless wind shirt
February 12, 4:14pm

SOLD. FS New SMD Starlight Pack
I am selling my brand new, SMD Starlite pack. It has has never been used other than to be packed and unpacked with my gear a few times. It has also been worn around the house to work with fit and c...

In Gear Swap » FS New SMD Starlight Pack
February 12, 8:25am

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm