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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Re: access to Big SEKI Loop from east side trailheads @ B.G.
"Tom, do you know of any source of updated information on these trail problems at Shepherd, Baxter, Sawmill, Taboose?" I'd give the East Sierra Interagency Visitors Center a call, ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Big SEKI Loop (as an alternative to the JMT)
February 07, 8:02pm

Re: access to Big SEKI Loop from east side trailheads
"The 2013 damage to Shepherd Pass Trail, and also problems with Baxter Pass and Sawmill Pass trails are described on the SEKI Trail Conditions page." Thanks for the link, Amy. The dam...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Big SEKI Loop (as an alternative to the JMT)
February 07, 5:49pm

Re: access to Big SEKI Loop from east side trailheads
"Some are longer or harder hikes to get to the loop (Shepherd has lots of elevation gain and New Army is further distance)." Anyone contemplating using Shepherd Pass would do well to c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Big SEKI Loop (as an alternative to the JMT)
February 07, 3:11pm

Re: Big SEKI Loop
"this would make an awesome trip for people who want a good taste of SEKI!" +1 An excellent orientation trip for those not familiar with the Sierra. It covers the finest the Sierra h...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Big SEKI loop 2014
February 04, 7:29pm

Re: Re: Re: "Alright LADIES...let's talk panties..."
"Bravo sir. Bravo." Indeed. The Idester is in rare form tonight.

In GEAR » Alright LADIES...let's talk panties...
February 03, 8:04pm

Re: Re: Day hikes in the Seattle Area
"As far as distance, I'd say a total hike of no more than 10 miles. Like I mentioned, nothing too strenuous." I'm not sure about your definition of strenuous, but here are a co...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Day hikes in Seattle area?
February 01, 8:06pm

Re: Re: 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
"WM Ultralite (20*)" +1 particularly if you don't carry good insulating layers. Even if you do, the Ultralite will reliably extend your season on either end by a month. If you go...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
January 31, 7:41pm

Re: Some responses
"The EPA has said [Giardia]Cysts have been found all months of the year in surface waters from the Arctic to the tropics in even the most pristine of surface waters. Giardia cysts have been fo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 09, 8:29pm

Re: Re: Re: the real questions
"FWIW and all that, I guess." That pretty well sums it up, Doug. Very well articulated and on the mark, IMO.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I say let's decide on a general consensus of Ultralight definitions and terms.
January 09, 8:13pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Americans waste $28 bil a year on vitamins, doctors say
"i do remember her talking about doing a lot of juicing fresh raw foods, and eating a lot of vegetables and some fruits otherwise--especially raw." Hard to go wrong with that regimen. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Americans waste $28 bil a year on vitamins, doctors say
January 09, 8:04pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out travelcountry.com for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm