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Charles G. (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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The trail to Desolation Lake
There is a trail that cuts away from the Piute Creek Trail that goes directly to Desolation Lake. I don't recall whether it is marked (it has been at times) but it is the only trail leaving th...

In GEAR » Kings Canyon canister requirements
July 18, 4:42pm

"Are they hard to dispense?" In a nutshell, Yes! But, you can open up the nozzle using a heated needle.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Droppers on Long Hikes?
July 18, 2:21pm

Droppers on Long Hikes?
If you are only taking one dropper bottle of each, yeah, you will likely run out. Probably the one that will go first will be the hand sanitizer. I used a one ounce HDPE Nalgene bottle for mine a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Droppers on Long Hikes?
July 18, 12:06pm

shin splints
I hiked the JMT last year and had to deal with a shin splint on my left leg from Donahue Pass on. It really hurt at first but gradually got better. By the time I reached Mono Creek I had pretty m...

In Philosophy & Technique » Long distance hiking with shin splints
July 18, 7:54am

Kings Canyon canister requirements
Are you actually going to the Humphrey Basis (eg Desolation Lake area) or are you just planning on hiking over Piute Pass and then staying on the trail down Piute Creek. The Humphrey Basin is a si...

In GEAR » Kings Canyon canister requirements
July 18, 7:41am

Kings Canyon canister requirements
From Humphreys Basin, you will hike down Piute Creek to the John Muir Trail. Where the JMT crosses Piute Creek, you enter the Park and I am sure that bear canisters are required for anyone on the ...

In GEAR » Kings Canyon canister requirements
July 17, 4:56pm

The desert can get cold.
"Whoa there, deserts can get downright cold at night. I used to live in Arizona and when I would leave for work at 5AM I needed a hot drink to stay warm. No humidity=no heat retention." ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Jesus...the original SUL backpacker
July 16, 7:28pm

1300 Cals a Day
1300 calories per day is a pretty restricted calorie intake even for someone who is sedentary. For someone trying to cover distance, frankly, I think it is ill advised. I would guess that you are...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 1300 Cals a Day
July 16, 1:57pm

jmt exit strategies
Starr's "Guide to the John Muir Trail" lists just about all of the lateral trails connecting with the JMT, both east and west, and includes mileage and altitudes along the way. It al...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » jmt exit strategies
July 15, 8:21am

Hoary Marmot
As best I can tell from the photo, that is a Hoary Marmot, the marmot common to the Olympics. The only other possibility in that part of the world would be the Yellow-bellied Marmot; the one in yo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Marmot I.D
July 14, 7:31am

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm