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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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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

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 1 - Introduction
October 30, 11:18pm

Down can get wet and useless
Our goose down, and all goose down really, is naturally very water resistant and it is not easy to get completely wet in any real life scenario. Long ago near a mountain top far, far away ... ...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering on water resistant down and Pertex fabric
October 29, 9:37pm

How Does a Tick Do Its Dirty Work?
New York Times article reporting recent research: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/science/earth/how-does-a-tick-do-its-dirty-work-research-video-offers-a-clue.html Complete with a video clo...

In GEAR » Gear to protect against THE most deadly backcountry beastie...
October 29, 8:37pm

Introverts and recorders
Funny, several personality tests over decades tell me I'm a strong introvert, and (more important) my wife agrees. Maybe introverts like talking to someone/something they know well :-) --...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 28, 8:56pm

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