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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Black Bear
"if you cant hit a bear running right at you or one up close in your tent... you dont have any business carrying a firearm. fyi, most people that own and carry a firearm, target practice and b...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking Solo?
December 11, 7:30pm

Lordy, Lordy
how I love these gun vs. bear vs. pack your fears threads. They've come to be an entertainment staple during the long, dark PNW winters. Don't let me down now, guys, by terminating this ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking Solo?
December 11, 7:22pm

Re: Public Service
"I plan to delete cat related charities from my will." It is said that charity begins at home. Maybe start by deleting said cat from your home? ;0)

In Chaff » Public Service
December 11, 5:20pm

Re: Re: Gun vrs bear spray vrs nothing
"Presumably, if you have the misfortune of physical attack and fighting for your life, some say to play dead and take the LAPD beating," Can't we just all get along? :0(

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking Solo?
December 11, 5:17pm

Re: Re: Don't think I could go pure Carb/Protein
"My qualifying comment was not about the length of exercise as much as it was about the intensity of the exercise. The sort of things being talked about may make a lot of difference to enduran...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 11, 4:52pm

Re: ...Rethinking This
"what is the opinion of layering an ultralight jacket and a vest to get the same amount of warmth but with the flexibility of leaving one layer at home if temperatures aren't expected to b...

In GEAR » Campsite Jacket for 30F Recommendation?
December 11, 4:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: re Complaints
"The drop bear must be the apex predator." No, Bob, that would be the Gummy Bear.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking Solo?
December 10, 4:43pm

Re: Consuming powdered chips
" But one could borrow a trick from a caving friend of mine - use some sort of bottle to hold loose snacks. He was using a small nalgene to contain M&M's, but you could just as easily ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 10, 4:19pm

Re: Re: Re: Another approach
"If it's cold, maybe you want to eat more fat? It'll keep you a little warmer?" Protein will keep you even warmer. It has a much higher thermogenic effect than fat or carbs pe...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 09, 7:59pm

Re: Another approach
"Unless you are running on single digit body fat I would literally take as little fat as possible and lean more on carbs with some protein and use your body for fat. Said another way, use your...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 09, 7:27pm

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 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