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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Hey, this is about us
"As others mentioned, had he written the article to explain why he enjoys taking it easy in the backcountry, or how he tried 30 mile days and found that wasn't for him, it's unlikely t...

In GEAR » Hey, this is about us
October 21, 8:41pm

Re: Re: Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
"I look fat :(" You need to trim your eyebrows, too. ;0))

In Photo Gallery » Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
October 21, 7:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Gear for John Muir Trail next week
"Scroll around on the Forecast Map, then click the spot of your choosing. Bookmark that, and watch it for the next week." +1 And be aware that the weather forecasts are not 100% accu...

In GEAR » Gear for John Muir Trail next week
October 20, 7:47pm

Re: Re: Respite
Beautiful, Craig. Welcome back to the fleeting, illusory world we are all stumbling thru. Fellow hikers in the dark. Beats the hell out of the dis-illusory world we all descend into upon occasion.

In Post-Trip Reports » Respite. (Angeles National Forest, 10/18/14.)
October 19, 5:15pm

Re: Re: Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
"Thanks so much for sharing Tom. It's been a long time since I've seen the East Side. Too long. Looks like a place I would enjoy." Thanks, Ken; I'm glad you enjoyed it. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 19, 5:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Baxter Pass
"I appreciate the report and the pics look great. Nobody else to be seen, disappearing trail and a butt kicker at that... sounds great to me." Thanks, Brian. It is a great hike, for a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 19, 5:06pm

Re: Re: +1 on "Corner Technique"
"OTOH my biggest mess is from scooping powder into the ziplocs in the first place" Use a wide mouth canning funnel to guide the powder into the ziplocs. No muss, no fuss, no bother. :))

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Carbohydrate supplement source
October 19, 4:57pm

Re: Re: Malto
"Thanks Tom - I'll give that a try." I hope it works for you. As noted below, performing the operation out of the wind is critical. "Looks like you've been getting som...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Carbohydrate supplement source
October 19, 4:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Baxter Pass
"Then it got very tricky as it wandered in and out of the bushes and then disappeared in several places. Again, I knew where the trail was supposed to be, so I just went that way, and then I w...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 17, 8:45pm

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