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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Trailheads are the issue
How did you get to Youngs Lakes? IF Tioga Pass is open, then there are lots of options...Cathedral Lakes and beyond, for example. BUt if the highways are closed over the passes, you have fewer...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best winter trip in Yosemite or Emigrant
October 29, 8:34pm

great points David
Because I hike faster than my hiking partner/wife, I often get the opportunity to look back. Not only do I see more...but I also have a clearer idea on how to get home again. Along similar lin...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
October 28, 3:38pm

Biking ALONG
After my knee problems of two years ago, I have been fighting to get back on my bicycle and back in shape. Last year I sat out much of the first half of the year, and then slowly built myself back...

In Post-Trip Reports » Biking ALONG
October 27, 4:49pm

We break things into three categories: Stuff that goes on every trip, and doesn't need fixing or replacing or cleaning. All of that goes right back in the pack, right where we need it. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post Hike Checklist Contest
October 23, 5:03pm

No, the food on the trails themselves is not fantastic, but the food in Peru is. You could do a nice trek in the Andes, and then eat amazing food in Peru. Influences include not only Spanish ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best trek for fabulous food
October 16, 9:22am

Whitney from the West
My guess is that they were referring to the John Muir Trail. It leads down from Yosemite all the way to Whitney Portal...and the last twenty miles takes you up to the top of Whitney and then down ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mt Whitney from the West
October 16, 9:20am

What do you do in the woods...
When do you speak up? Since many of the contributors on these forums are very experienced backpackers, I thought I’d share this survey that came out of an on-going correspondence with a coupl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you do in the woods...
October 14, 1:03pm

Senior Pass!
This was well worth the wait... This last weekend was an important one for us, because...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Senior Pass!
October 08, 10:59am

This is a great thread!
When I was much younger I used to carry a larger knife. Other than using it once during an all-day rain layover to carve an entire chess set from twigs, I never found a use for it.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 07, 9:14am

Unless it has obviously been left for a reason
We pack stuff out. We've kept and used a cook pot, toiletries bag, and a hiking pole. The mylar balloons, soda cans, odds and ends clothing, and micro-trash we pack out. We did leave a ve...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lost & Found on the trail
October 01, 9:48am

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