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Charles Grier (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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All Forum Posts by Charles Grier

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water purification input needed
I would recommend a Steripen with, say, Micropur tablets as backup. I have used a Steripen Adventurer now for almost four years and have had good service with it. At first, I had problems with it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » water purification input needed
November 30, 6:42am

marmot helium vs. montbell UL Spiral Down Hugger #1 vs. WM alpinlite/ultralite"
I have used the Marmot Helium for the last three years and think that it is an excellent bag. The one I have has only a half zip which is less than desirable in warm weather. It is also a bit mor...

In GEAR » marmot helium vs. montbell UL Spiral Down Hugger #1 vs. WM alpinlite/ultralite
November 30, 6:25am

BV 500 fits horizontally
I got my new Starlite a few days ago. I have been messing around with it getting used to the features. My Thermarest Prolite 3, short fits into the pad pocket perfectly. I can also get my BV 500...

In GEAR » 2010 SMD Starlite - Pics!
November 28, 6:43pm

Re: Lamps : oil or candle ?
I prefer the candle lamps because they save you the hassle of having to deal with lamp oil that can potentially leak into surrounding gear. Plus, you have the weight of the lamp and the oil contai...

In GEAR » Lamps : oil or candle ?
November 27, 8:07am

Trash in the woods
When I hiked the JMT in '08, I was impressed with how clean the trail and camping areas were. I saw virtually no trash other than near the roads at Tuolumne Meadows and Red's Meadow and da...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trash in the woods
November 20, 6:16am

Bears -n- Bivys
Those times when I have had a bear visit camp at night, I have just started yelling and waving a flashlight around. Of course these have always been black bears. Every time, the bear has just amb...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bears -n- Bivys
November 11, 6:31pm

Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Jacket
I use a Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Jacket for most of my three-season backpacking. I wear it with a light weight Icebreaker SS merino T, a polyester sun shirt, a home-made 100 weight fleece pullove...

In GEAR » Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Jacket
November 09, 6:26pm

Try running shorts witih a built in brief
I use a pair of running shorts with a built in brief for my primary outer wear. I'm currently using GoLite shorts (4 oz). When I put on my shell pants, the shorts stay on and serve as underwe...

In GEAR » Best Undies?
November 06, 3:35pm

In mid-summer in the desert?
I don't wear much in the way of wool here in SE Arizona during summer. In the desert, from late-May through September, temperatures can be over 110°F. Mostly, I wear a light-colored cotton L...

In GEAR » High temp for wool?
November 02, 6:08am

Feral dogs?
I live in a part of the world where there are many coyotes, some of them with rabies. I can't recall ever hearing of a fatal attack on a human by coyotes; they are generally timid and elusive....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Canadian folk singer killed by coyotes while on hike
October 30, 7:10am

All Reader Reviews by Charles Grier

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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