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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Cowboy Coffee
" but I've found boiling coffee to have a pretty substantial and negative impact on the taste. So I bring the water to a boil, remove it and then add the beans. That means the clocks ticki...

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 09, 7:49pm

Re: Mt Hagen
"It is called Mount Hagen Organic Freeze Dried Instant Coffee, from Hamburg. For you Via fans, try a taste test and let your buds decide. O & its cheaper too." If you like a light...

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 09, 7:48pm

Re: Re: BV350
" I hesitate to ponder what they'd make us carry if canisters aren't working well enough any more...." 12 gauge pump?

In GEAR » BV350 -- Vulnerable in the Sierra?
June 08, 5:55pm

Re: Coffee tea bags
"I have tried the Starbucks crap and its...crap." So you switched to Folgers and you're happy??

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 08, 5:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Storage Options for a PCT start from Sea-Tac ?
"Have a great time in the Sierra." Thank you and likewise, Greg. You've picked a very scenic section of the PCT, so the odds are very much in your favor. If you have time when yo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Storage Options for a PCT start from Sea-Tac ?
June 08, 5:39pm

Re: Re: Storage Options for a PCT start from Sea-Tac ?
"Tom - best guess is Arrive SeaTac July 27th or 28th. I'm still trying to estimate progress versus campsites." Bummer. I'm getting back from the Sierra on the 29th. If your p...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Storage Options for a PCT start from Sea-Tac ?
June 07, 7:41pm

Re: Storage Options for a PCT start from Sea-Tac ?
When are you planning to do the hike?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Storage Options for a PCT start from Sea-Tac ?
June 07, 4:58pm

Re: Re: Suggestions for homestead-able land locations
"the land was DEAD. In one year time, with a ton of hard labor and using only organic methods, I have viable soil, full of beneficial insects and worms, that food grows in. But it is very, ver...

In Chaff » Suggestions for homestead-able land locations
June 07, 4:48pm

Re: John Muir Wilderness trip in August
This should get you started. Manfred's excellent write up of a trip with his family should lay your fears at least partially to rest, if you are hiking in August conditions. For some perspect...

In Pre-Trip Planning » John Muir Wilderness trip in August
June 07, 4:35pm

Re: Re: Granite Falls, WA
"Have fun on your visit." And if you stop in Bellingham, be sure to try Boundary Bay IPA. It's a PNW classic.

In Chaff » Granite Falls, WA
June 04, 9:29pm

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 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

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