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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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Crabtree, Gianelli, Sword Lake, Clarks Fork
All of those are good options. You find people at Bear Lake and at Sword Lake. Toe Jam might be a bit less crowded...and nobody ever goes to Clark Fork. They are all good spots...and you ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » any weekender ideas from the Bay Area, CA
July 30, 8:12pm

My advice?
Ask your wife. I did quite a few things to try to make my wife's first trip a good one. But part of that is listening to her about what she wants, and what would make her happy. That was 35 ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First trip for the wife
July 30, 8:10pm

On a clear day you can see the mountains...
And here is what the lake looks like on a clear day...

In Post-Trip Reports » "Ansel Adams Wilderness"
July 30, 6:46am

long and short of boot laces
Can anyone please explain why bootlaces are so long? When you buy a new pair of boots, the laces are long enough to tie a normal knot and bow…and still leave about eighteen inches left over! Wh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » long and short of boot laces
July 29, 4:58pm

Jack Main
It's a beautiful area...particularly if you wait for the bugs to thin out a bit!

In Post-Trip Reports » Leavitt Meadows to Hetch-hetchy
July 26, 3:58pm

Clark Range
We've done parts of this trip from both directions. If you start in Yosemite, I think it's better to start at Mono Meadows. You save a few miles, and some climbing, by doing that. But yo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Clark Range Loop in Yosemite
July 26, 1:24pm

not over yet
We were at 9,000 feet in Northern Yosemite and they were fierce last week. This was a head-net trip!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra Mosquitos
July 26, 1:19pm

See a doctor
I have compressed disks in my back, but I have a series of exercises that I can do to relieve the pain. And it's a dang good thing, too! Because on our last trip by back really went out, nine...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Back pain while hiking?
July 26, 1:17pm

Leavitt Meadows to Hetch-hetchy
We finally got out on the trail this year (whew!) and had an adventuresome trip across the Sierra from East to West: This was a through-hike, obviously, so we have to start out with thanks to Jo...

In Post-Trip Reports » Leavitt Meadows to Hetch-hetchy
July 26, 11:46am

why we hike
I love David's post... And I would add that it's the best quality time I get with my wife ever. Plus the fishing and scenery. And exercise

In Philosophy & Technique » Why we hike....
July 14, 8:29am

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