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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 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.

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NOAA and NOLS on lightning safety
NOAA Lightning Risk Reduction Outdoors: There is little you can do to substantially reduce your risk if you are outside in a thunderstorm. The only completely safe action is to get inside a safe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thunderstorms in the wilderness – What to do
February 26, 1:07pm

One pair for sleeping, helps overnight recovery and keeps my sleeping bag much cleaner. Will upgrade soon to extra-large sleeping socks, so my feet aren't constricted at night. Two pairs for...

In GEAR » How Many Pairs of Socks Do You Carry?
February 18, 8:55pm

GPS: Happy 25th birthday
25 years ago today, the US Air Force launched the first operational GPS satellite, USA-35. Whether you use GPS while backpacking or not, the maps you use are much more accurate because of GPS. A...

In GEAR » GPS: Happy 25th birthday
February 14, 11:09am

Re: Re: Re: inReach Month by Month, Coming Mid-March
The new Safety Plan has some interesting price changes: Annual monthly cost: $11.95 was $9.95 Predefined messages - Unlimited, was $1.50 each over the bundled 10 messages Messages $0.50 ea...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
February 13, 9:58pm

Re: World Nomads
To find World Nomads terms and conditions you must drill down, specify your state of residence, and choose between their Standard and Expedition Plans.

In Editor's Roundtable » Rescue Insurance for Backpackers
February 13, 9:37pm

Re: Maps
+1 on the Raven map of California. Good for dreaming, not detailed enough for backpack trip planning. Decades ago I covered the walls of my bedroom with good old fashioned USGS 1:250,000 topo ma...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Great Poster Map of Sierra Nevada - A Recomendation
February 10, 11:53pm

Trash bags
Trash bags are lighter and cheaper than most cheap ponchos. For a step up in longevity use trash compactor bags. Both are multi-use if you don't get any rain. For a step up in your longevity...

In GEAR » Best of the Cheap Ponchos? Polycryo Poncho Yet?
February 10, 11:39pm

Acurite vs weather station at GGG
Got to compare my Acurite Digital Window Thermometer laying on a Pelican Box just outside my tent, to an official weather station 3/4 mile away at the same elevation, one ridge over: RAWS Cordoza R...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Thermometer
February 09, 11:26pm

5 gallon bucket - many other BPL uses
You probably don't want to backpack with a 5 gallon bucket, which weighs 785 to 1157 grams (1.73 to 2.55 pounds). But they have many other BPL uses at home and elsewhere: Failure testing MYO...

In Philosophy & Technique » The 5 gallon bucket gear filter
February 08, 12:14pm

Another headlamp review: The Wirecutter picks BD Spot
This update today to The Wirecutter's headlamp review: relies heavily on the Outdoor Gear Lab reviews, and does some real world testing of thei...

In GEAR » Excellent headlamp review and deceptive advertising
February 02, 8:52pm

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