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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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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

Air photos of Point Reyes campgrounds
NPS provides air photos of each Point Reyes campground, complete with camp site numbers. http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm Sky Camp sites 5, 6, 7, 11, or 12 might work for...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hammocks at Point Reyes
October 26, 7:36pm

inReach SE tracking success stats
Went to explore.delorme.com, used the map to discover the start-stop times of all my hikes, and downloaded the full KML file. One hour of editing later, I had an Excel spreadsheet of tracking date/...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
October 25, 9:41am

Re: Ticks carry many diseases
Even more listed in this recent BPL thread: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=66632 -- Rex

In GEAR » Gear to protect against THE most deadly backcountry beastie...
October 24, 12:51am

Re: Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
Great comments on this article, I'm surprised it got so much attention. Transcription: Yes, it's a chore, but I enjoy re-living the trip. Another option is online transcription - send yo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 24, 12:19am

Re: Re: Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
Dale, I considered the mic + remote + recorder tucked away, but don't like wires running around to snag or break. Hmm, maybe if I ran them through some plastic tubing ... Safety - yes. I ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 22, 11:59pm

Drysuits, wetsuits, and more
Based on my experience with winter/spring whitewater rafting: – Drysuit plus fleece/polypro can be much warmer and more comfortable than a wetsuit. But you need some time to get used to being ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Warmth in True Wetness
October 22, 11:45pm

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