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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
About Me Leave no tracks.

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Re: Re: Re: Ultra Runners know nothing about Fastpacking.@ Aaron
"Tom, Every one of my attempts didn't go well. What does that have to do with my passion for fastpacking?" Nothing, Aaron. But it doesn't put you in a very strong position...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultra Runners know nothing about Fastpacking.
October 24, 8:08pm

Re: Re: Some serious traces
"Execute her." Hear, hear. Stoning is the appropriate punishment for defacing stones. After she finishes cleaning them up, of course.

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 24, 4:49pm

Re: Water bottle holder
" There has to be someone out there that has a solution to this dilemma for hikers on the go other then to remove the pack every time I want some water." In fact, there is an answer to...

In GEAR » Water bottle holder
October 24, 4:41pm

Re: Ultra Runners know nothing about Fastpacking.@ Aaron
"Although I have several great runs that I've done like Barkley, and Plane, fastpacking has always been more of my forte over the past 10 years. With 2 record attempts of the JMT and 2 of ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultra Runners know nothing about Fastpacking.
October 24, 4:35pm

Re: jmt shuttle
"Yes, thanks! Definitely bookmarked!" +1

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » JMT shuttle resource
October 23, 6:07pm

Re: PCT Winter Traverse
"Two hikers are attempting to hike/ski the PCT this winter." They seem to have the necessary experience, and have thought the project thru very well, especially the assessment of the r...

In On the Web » PCT Winter Traverse
October 23, 5:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
"I'm thoroughly impressed Tom, you're out there getting after it." Thanks, Craig. While I still can. So far, so good, and having the time of my life.

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 22, 8:41pm

Re: Beautiful Cold Pain
"Here's the good, the bad and the ugly. In short, I felt under-prepared. It was a solo trip of roughly 33 miles and quite a bit of elevation change, but I knew all that going into it."...

In Post-Trip Reports » Beautiful Cold Pain
October 22, 8:33pm

Re: Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
"Looks like that was a beautiful, and strenuous, way to end the season." It was all of that, Andy. I lucked out and caught it just right. "I like the mix of fall colors in th...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 22, 6:05pm

Re: Five Days in Yosemite in October
"55 miles, about half of it off trail in places I'd never expect anybody else to go. Climbed five domes nobody has ever heard of and walked ten miles up a trailless canyon hardly anyone ha...

In Post-Trip Reports » Five Days in Yosemite in October
October 22, 5:55pm

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