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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Re: conditions around 2nd week of June
"Possibly a loop down to Wright/Wallace lakes and returning up near Lake South America/Lake Reflection or a Sixty Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin loop, but that puts me pretty close to Rae Lakes.&q...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Onion Valley to Whitney
March 05, 5:27pm

Re: conditions around 2nd week of June
"Anyone know what typical conditions are like this early?" I went in over Taboose Pass last year the first week in June, and it was almost completely bare at ~11,350'. The year be...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Onion Valley to Whitney
March 04, 8:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
"@Tom: that seems like a project Zimmerbuilt or Jep Paks might be able to do. Even ZPacks or Oware might do it if you ask" Thanks for the beta, John. I'll look into that.

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
March 01, 8:32pm

Re: RE: Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
"JMT permits are increasingly difficult to get, and the logistics (for someone flying in) are very awkward. It's within the realm of possibility, but it would be a PITA. [On a side note, i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 01, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
"I wish the Ohm 1.0 was still available. Wasn't that thing 20oz with the hoop stay?" More like 24, but it will carry up in the mid 30's. I've done it on a number of occasi...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 5:37pm

Re: Re: satan get behind me
"I have a very real weakness for those sugar cookies covered in frosting that they sell at my favorite coffe joint. I eat one almost every business day even though they're killing me."...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
February 28, 5:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Onion Valley to Whitney
"Have you ever checked out Wright Lakes? They look a little less out of the way than Wallace." Yes. I've spent quite a bit of time in Wright Lakes Basin down thru the years, usual...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Onion Valley to Whitney
February 27, 5:29pm

Re: Onion Valley to Whitney
"Thought I'd ask for some suggestions on good camping and fishing spots." Wallace Lake and Wallace Creek would be a good bet if you don't mind an easy 4 mile hike up to Wallace...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Onion Valley to Whitney
February 26, 8:39pm

Re: Lower Honeymoon
"I'm going to disagree with most people here, and suggest a visit to Lower Honeymoon Lake near Piute Creek. Sure there is a lot of traffic on the *main* trail down Piute Creek. However,...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Honeymoon Lakes (Inyo NF) -- which one to honeymoon at?
February 26, 8:12pm

Re: The Smell
"Are there any tricks for containing or eliminating the smell while I'm still out on the trail?" Rinse your hands well to remove as much fish slime as possible, then reach down ove...

In Fishing » The Smell
February 25, 8:33pm

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