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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
About Me Leave no tracks.
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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Water Strategy
"Someone told him to drink Tonic Water (it has some quinine ) , it worked for him." +1 Quinine is considered to be effective at mitigating cramps. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubm...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Strategy
November 15, 6:15pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Pants, Pants, who's got the Pants??
"Are yours the short leg Tom?" No, the short is an inch too short in a 32" waist. See my reply to William for the details.

In GEAR » Pants, Pants, who's got the Pants??
November 14, 7:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Pants, Pants, who's got the Pants??
"Tom, the Terra's are available in short, medium and long leg lengths, though not everywhere stocks them." Hi William - I know, but I'm in that nether zone between sizes. I ha...

In GEAR » Pants, Pants, who's got the Pants??
November 14, 7:54pm

Mailbox Peak - What PNW'ers do for fun when they're not backpacking
This isn't really a trip report, since it's only a day hike. I just thought I'd put it out there for those of you unfamiliar with what we do for fun up here in the PNW when we're n...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mailbox Peak - What PNW'ers do for fun when they're not backpacking
November 14, 7:21pm

ot-mail
This isn't really a trip report, since it's only a day hike. I just thought I'd put it out there for those of you unfamiliar with what we do for fun up here in the PNW when we're n...

In User Test Forum » ot-mail
November 13, 8:19pm

Re: Use the rope
" I will always use the dynamic rope as my safety (just tie a clove hitch and clip it to a locker). Easier and safer than a dedicated safety." Used to be SOP.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Breaking Slings
November 13, 7:34pm

Re: Breaking Slings
"Pretty crazy to think that a man of my size, falling only two feet onto a sling, can generate enough force to snap it, especially if there's a knot in it." Might be a good argumen...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Breaking Slings
November 13, 7:32pm

Re: Re: Pants, Pants, who's got the Pants??
"I wear mainly Montane Terra's now." + 1 on the Terra's. I've been using the same pair for 7 years now, and they're still good to go, although a little frayed around th...

In GEAR » Pants, Pants, who's got the Pants??
November 13, 7:09pm

Re: Re: Re: lame.
""-The impetus to see something unexpected and condemn it reflexively is itself more worth condemning than most things I can think of." "I second that wholeheartedly."...

In Post-Trip Reports » That super old skatepark deep in the Sierras
November 12, 8:43pm

Re: Locus Gear CP3
"Tom Kirchner, did you replace the grips on your CP3's?" No. I used LT4's for several years before changing over to the CP3's, so I'm familiar with both grips. After ...

In GEAR » Trekking pole recommendations
November 12, 8:18pm

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 travelcountry.com 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

REI Peak UL
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