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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Tongue centered?
Close your mouth, and nobody will notice.

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoe lacing anomaly?
April 15, 9:25am

Bear Lake might be. You can always call the ranger station there. If Crabtree Cabin trailhead is open, you shouldn't have much trouble there. And much of Emigrant is at 8,000 feet or lower.....

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra's at end of april
April 14, 6:23pm

Wear a helmet!
Yeah...I had a bad one in Italy this week, and here's what I learned from the experience. I was lucky. I should be fine, and able to backpack this summer with no real issues. But I look e...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wear a helmet!
April 12, 12:14pm

Suggested route
Unless you are VERY compfortable with high exposure and Class III+ climbing, go for the route back to the road. The east side of that crest between Youngs Lakes and Big Horn Lake is not steep, it&...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Shepherds Crest/Mt Conness in Yosemite
April 12, 10:15am

Tahoe Loop
Desolation is nice, but it is also crowded and small. Very few possibiities there for a full five day loop of anything, Three days gets you in, out, and around most places. But that's worth ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » lake Tahoe area loop
April 12, 10:08am

Bear can
Uh...guys? It was a joke. 4/1/14.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear can misery
April 03, 8:58am

Bear can misery
Packing a bear canister can be a bear. And it got even worse for this hiker in the Emigrant Wilderness. Check out his trip report from earlier this month.... "I was so jazzed to be goin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear can misery
April 01, 11:32am

You're right about it being open...but some of the trailheads are hard to access. Carson-Iceberg is also an option. Both are off 108. The Crabtree trailhead behind Dodge Ridge opens earli...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Early sierra trip...
March 21, 7:56am

Not sure how much of Hetch-hetchy is open these days...but I think the trail to Rancheria is open. Beehive and beyond I believe is closed....but check with the rangers The other option would be...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Early sierra trip...
March 20, 10:19pm

It doesn't matter
No experience in other years will really tell you exactly what to expect this year. Just remember that you don't have to cross the creek, ever. And more people die in the creeks and rivers...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rodgers creek safe to cross in early season?
March 20, 11:11am

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