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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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easy to make and easy to eat
I vote for the MRE concept, too. Why take all that cooking equipment for just one meal? And you can afford the weight. Take fruit. Take a deli sandwich. Take chips and salsa. take a beer! ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tasty food for 1 night / 20 miles?
April 22, 12:54pm

Emigrant
Emigrant Wilderness has much of the same appeal ( and bare granite ) of Yosemite, but at lower elevations, so that might be a good choice for you!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra weekend trips?
April 15, 11:00pm

backpackthesierra
Thanks Elizabeth! yes, we have quite a few hikes on our website. And this year, some of the others are also going to be open earlier than usual. Since we live in wine country as well, we&#...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra weekend trips?
April 15, 6:32pm

Emmigrant Wilderness
If your goal is a through-hike, it's not going to make a huge difference between trailhead---in 150 miles, the first three don't really matter much. But that said, Why not start at Sono...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Easy, scenic trail suggestions for a newbie
April 02, 5:08pm

Two thoughts
1. I didn't do a through hike, but I did drop out of my university and spend five years living in Europe. It was considerably more educational than my years in school (I never did get a degree...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
March 26, 9:30pm

oh yeah
I take a very lightweight underlayer that is ONLY for sleeping. And a pair of very lightweight pj bottoms as well. The underlayer also gets used from time to time as a "hand around in cam...

In Philosophy & Technique » Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
March 25, 3:13pm

Homeless campsites---how are they different from wilderness campsites?
Some major construction projects in our area got us thinking about the homeless in our town. In a way, these folks are backpackers, too, albeit in an urban environment. And so we started think...

In Philosophy & Technique » Homeless campsites---how are they different from wilderness campsites?
March 21, 10:13am

Re: Re: Everywhere
"But if there isn't a fire ring, then just build it right on the ground and scatter your ashes when done. Whenever I see a fire ring while hiking off trail I always disassemble it." ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » tuolumne meadows to the valley
March 17, 11:35am

Vegas to SF
I know you are from Russia, but the best backpacking in California is actually in the Sierra Nevada---and they are covered in snow right now. Unless you really want a winter adventure, I'd adv...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Badly need advice. 5-7 days. California. Early April.
March 04, 11:48am

Jennie Lakes
You can hike into this area either from Lodgepole or Rowell Meadows...and then wander across a fair amount of territory, including Silliman Pass and beyond. Lovely stuff.

In Pre-Trip Planning » West Side Entrance of SEKI 4-5 day Trip Ideas
March 03, 9:52pm

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