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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
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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Yosemite: Ten Lakes Basin
Since we only had a couple of days, we wanted to do a hike that delivered some great scenery, and lovely places to camp, in a relatively short time and space. And we were going to start hiking on ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite: Ten Lakes Basin
October 02, 10:25am

You can't predict the weather
But we've usually had at least a couple of snowstorms by then. The good news is that Tahoe has lots to do if you get too much snow....from skiing to casinos to good restaurants...whatever you ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tahoe Rim Trail October 20? Too late? Cold? Kids?
October 01, 1:25pm

Rim Fire damage
We're back from a short backpacking trip to Yosemite (we'll post a Trip Report in the future) but we thought you might be interested in seeing just exactly what the damage from the Rim Fire...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rim Fire damage
October 01, 12:47pm

Emigrant might be easier---permits certainly are
We're just back from a quick trip to Yosemite---and had not trouble getting a permit on Saturday morning for a popular trailhead... but still. Emigrant has great loops from Crabtree Cabin t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip suggestions 2 nights yosemite/Emmigrant/etc
October 01, 12:46pm

I worry more about safety
Top ten Noob blunders? Not taking enough water. Not taking enough food. Not taking enough clothing---particularly on top of a peak. Not believing the signs that say "Stay out of the ...

September 25, 4:28pm

Good points
The dad actually approached us away from his family as we hiked up to them. I got the sense, but did not confirm it, that mom had at least some idea of what was going on. And there was a clear...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
September 23, 11:30pm

What would you have done?
During one of our trips this summer, we came upon the following charming scene. It was an idyllic place: the sun was sparkling, the meadows were lush and green, and the surrounding mountains seem...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
September 23, 1:10pm

Have fun
That's a pretty popular route---you should still find plenty of people to greet on the trail, even this late in the year. And I agree with the previous posts---make a plan, tell people wha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking alone in the back country?
September 23, 9:47am

Trail vs camp
I don't wear many layers while I am hiking, because I very quickly warm up and start sweating. But don't let that convince you that you don't need warm clothes. Once I stop hiking,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Layering in the Sierras for 35-55 degrees?
September 23, 9:43am

I tried, Valerie. But since I am 60 and not a hipster of any kind...and I live in California, your survey didn't give me some options. And your questions about internet travel sources a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Survey for Outdoor Lovers
September 22, 7:09pm

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